Genesys Works, Educational Development in America

Education was one of the sector presentations in class this week. One idea that has stuck out to me is Genesys Works, which was started by Rafael Alvatez in Houston Texas. He started Genesys Works, a non-profit organization that helps kids from underprivileged backgrounds jumpstart their careers in business and helps them learn about corporate culture and responsibility.  Alvarez started the venture, with help from the Houston Social Venture Partners, who pledged 50,000 dollars and helped Genesys Works achieve non-profit status. The program started with just ten students from Houston’s Southwest High School, just one teacher to conduct the training, and just one corporate partnership.  Since then, the program has grown to include two more cities, and hundreds of students, and over fifty partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. The company is non-profit, and therefore relies on donations from foundations and various government organizations. It also relies on partnerships from companies willing to employ the students, and of course, on the students themselves. The program is very innovative and has been changing the lives of inner city, low-income students for over a decade. Genesys Works trains students in IT work, and then partners with local companies who employ the students part-time. This helps students with their self-esteem. In addition, the company sets students up with college counselors who make sure that each student goes to a college that is the right fit for them. Education is very important both at a national and international level. Programs such as this help students succeed, and the model of Genesys Works follows really helps students in America graduate and create better lives for themselves.

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4 responses to “Genesys Works, Educational Development in America

  • cgalley

    I’m excited to read more about this model because it relates to a development project I am designing for another class. My goal is to do essentially what Genesys Works is doing, but for dalit caste children from a specific school near Bangalore, India, focusing specifically on law firms & jobs in the field of law, & with a twist: I’d like to set the students up so that upon graduation, some of them would work for firms & a portion of their income would fund living expenses for others to work as legal advocates & educators for their marginalized home communities in remote rural India. I’m interested to research how Genesys Works formed such strong partnerships with companies, and I wonder how much tougher it would be to form similar partnerships in India…

  • Miranda

    I’m from Houston and I think that it is incredible how Genesys Works was able to generate such success with its program. Developing such strong partnerships is definitely something to be considered for other education initiatives. I certainly think that establishing those kind of partnerships in India would be difficult but this model could help in determining how that could be done.

  • cobykg

    A major problem with the US educational system is that the curriculum is largely focused on standardized test scores and other metrics such as drop out rates or graduation rates that cast the school or district in a positive light. It is great to see a program that provides the support and knowledge to bridge high school education to higher learning in college or even into the formal workforce. A greater emphasis must be placed on practical education that will help low-income students excel in the real world.

  • vmorgan92

    I think its great that Genesys is very important with the work that they do connecting students with higher education and the workforce. Although the comment above me makes a great point, I have to disagree a little bit. The US educational system is better than most other countries because we have alternative routes for students besides the 4 year university path or getting a job immediately after high school. We have an amazing community college and technical college system here and I think developing countries should really look at how they can implement this type of education into their systems

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