By: THE EDITORIAL BOARD CHICAGO TRIBUNE “It gets overwhelming.” Josue Morales pauses before going on. The 18-year-old is the primary caregiver for his mother and uncle, who both tested positive for COVID-19 in March and are still slowly recovering at their home in Albany Park. “I’ve had people help me through this …
Kinza Ahmed excelled in her high school internship at Ecolab. So, when she decided to attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for college, she decided that she wasn’t anywhere near finished with Genesys Works. To reach her dreams, Kinza knew she had to go above and beyond: “Ever since I was a young girl, I have always had a keen interest in technology and how it has modernized our world and has become a part of our everyday life. I would like to be a successful woman in technology to show the world that women in STEM can also achieve great things,” explained Kinza.
Aisha Mohamed has traveled great distances – literally and figuratively – to get to where she is today, a high school senior and client experience intern at Cargill. Born in Kenya, Aisha’s family emigrated to Minnesota when she was just three; like many immigrant families, they initially relied on government assistance and were determined to succeed.
February is Gratitude Month at Genesys Works. We hope you already know this, but if you don’t: that means that during this month in particular, we embed within our everyday interactions gratitude by practicing intentional recognition, appreciation, and celebration of the people in our lives. And we encourage the Genesys Works network – supervisors, young professionals, program coordinators – to embed gratitude into their work this month – and beyond.
As 2019 comes to a close, GWTC Executive Director Karen Marben reflects on some of this year’s most impactful highlights at Genesys Works Twin Cities. For Karen, 2019 is summarized by results that are Game Changers, supporters who exude Generosity, and her own Gratitude for the impact of the organization.
You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. This is the type of Catch-22 that young people across the country are facing today. Although youth in America can’t buy experience, they can certainly be connected to meaningful opportunities to gain the skills which will help them achieve a viable career.
What does it mean to give someone the gift of an opportunity? An opportunity can look like many things: a big break, a leg up, a head start, or simply…a chance.
We don’t talk much about this “opportunity gap” at the dinner table or on the news like we do hunger or homelessness. We rarely hear corporate leaders or politicians speak on the topic at conferences or rallies. But the truth is, those with extensive learning resources will academically out-perform those without. Although this lack of resource can be attributed to a number of sources, the outcome is always the same.