Educator Elected to Non-Profit Board
Houston, TX (September 17, 2009) - Genesys Works, a Houston-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit recently elected native Houstonian Linda G. Clarke to its Houston Board of Directors. Ms. Clarke is the Education and Special Projects Director for the City of Houston and Mayor Bill White. Previously, Ms. Clarke was the Executive Director of The Houston A+ Challenge, formerly the Houston Annenberg Challenge. During her tenure there, she raised and directed the largest sum of private money ever dedicated to school reform in the greater Houston area. At a national level, Ms. Clarke has worked in program design as a consultant for Phale Hale Educational Consulting of Washington, D.C. where she worked with schools throughout the United States designing and implementing magnet programs.
"I am very excited to join the Board of Genesys Works. I have watched their model be successful and look forward to helping them continue on their path of growth," states Ms. Clarke.
"Genesys Works is very fortunate to have added someone of Linda Clarke's caliber to our Board of Directors. Linda brings a multitude of talent from the education system that will greatly benefit us as we grow our organization", says Sharon Jacobson, Executive Director.
About Genesys Works:
Genesys Works is a Houston-based non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Rafael Alvarez. The mission is to enable economically-disadvantaged high school students enter the economic mainstream by providing them with the knowledge and work experience required to succeed as professionals. Students are placed into an intensive training program that prepares them to work in a meaningful capacity in large corporations during their senior year of high school. Immersion into the corporate world creates life change for these students showing possibility that they can succeed as professionals.
With more than 35 of Houston's largest corporations participating, Genesys reaches approximately 250 students per year with more than 95% of the graduates enrolling into college immediately after high school. Many receive major scholarships with the assistance of the Genesys Works College Connection program.
Genesys expanded into Minnesota in 2008 and has plans to expand into Chicago in 2010 and other major metropolitan areas in the country.