We are Genesys Works
Genesys Works delivers pathways, possibilities and real-world opportunity by training underserved and economically disadvantaged high school students in areas that visionary companies value. Investing in Genesys Works is an investment in the community. Simply put, we have created an infrastructure that makes business environment internships invaluable to both students and employers. Our recruitment approach is wide and allows us to appeal to a large cross section of high school juniors, whom we engage in a conversation about a meaningful internship.
This program has grown and thrived for nearly a decade in several U.S. locations, most notably in Houston. In anticipation of even further growth, the Houston leadership team has mapped out an aggressive expansion plan to reach more young people and, as a result, support more employer-based internship programs.
History of Genesys Works
Originally named Genesys ITS, Genesys Works was founded in 2002 for the purpose of establishing high-quality corporate internships and professional training opportunities for economically challenged high school students who lacked the skills and connections needed to compete in the job market. Founder Rafael Alvarez continues to serve as the Chief Executive Officer for Genesys Works' national scope.
What began with three students (who all went on to college), one school and one corporation now has the potential to reach and engage 150 students, 50 corporations and 12 schools in the 2010-2011 academic year. Just last year, Genesys Works was invited to the White House to join President Barack Obama in launching the Office of Social Innovation, an event during which only four of the nation's nonprofits were featured.