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Genesys Works - Houston

Program Description

Our mission in the community is to enable economically-disadvantaged high school students to enter and thrive in the economic mainstream by providing them the knowledge and work experience required to succeed as professionals.

Throughout the program, students realize firsthand that they can thrive in a corporate environment and that pursuing a professional career can help them achieve a much higher standard of living than they are accustomed to. With this knowledge and continuous guidance from the Genesys Works staff, they significantly redefine their long-term goals and set plans to pursue them. In fact, over 95 percent of Genesys Works graduates enroll in college immediately after high school, and most are the first in their family to do so.

VISION

In true partnership with schools, achieve a new culture in inner-city schools in which the pursuit of a professional career becomes "the given" for all students.

We recruit students during their junior year of high school from 21 partner schools in the Houston area. All the schools are in low income areas of the city. After an interview process, the students are accepted into our 8 week summer training program. They are trained in professional skills and have the choice of 3 disciples: 1) Information Technology (2) Business Operations (3) Engineering . After the 8 week summer training program many of the students earn an internship with a corporation in the Houston area. The internships are a year long and the students go to high school for half the day and work from 1pm-5pm at their corporate internship.

Success Stories

Elizabeth Donaciano started summer training very shy and not even sure she wanted to be in the program. Elizabeth group up in foster care and her mother was currently in jail. She excelled in summer training, getting stronger in her skill set and gaining more confidence each week. She earned an internship with a law firm as a Business operations intern and immediately began adding value. Elizabeth had no money to go to college and college was really just a dream that she didn't think she could attain.

Elizabeth began applying for scholarships and for colleges. She won the Dell scholars award, Beat The Odds, and several other scholarships. She received a full ride to Texas A&M and was given a computer from the Dell scholars award. Elizabeth truly overcame the odds stacked against her. She was abandoned by her family and had to find her own way. She joined Genesys Works just by chance and she took the opportunity and ran with it. She is now all moved into her dorm at Texas A&M in College Station, TX and will be studying accounting.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 65%
  • Other: 10%
  • African American: 20%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 225
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • ESL Students

First-Generation

  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 93%