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Our mission 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. Tax ID 46-1568087


Too often, students growing up in low-income households are on a path to underemployment. These students have potential, but lack the skills, confidence and realization that they can enter and compete in the corporate job market. The statistics are striking: 

- Less than 50% minorities graduate high school
- Of those that do, less than 51% earn a college degree
- By 2020, 2/3 of all US jobs will require a degree (especially in STEM)

Our program's unique model has proven highly successful in preparing students to meet the challenges of a changing workforce. Here’s how it works: we identify and train motivated high school students in professional, technical, and communication skills in an intensive training program the summer after their junior year, then place them in meaningful year-long internships with leading companies in the Bay Area.  Then we provide ongoing college and career support to make sure our students have a clear plan to succeed.  The results speak for themselves: 

- 100% graduate high school
- 95% matriculate to college
- 94% persist in college 
- $50k median earnings 5+ years after the program

In 2002 our founder, Rafael Alvarez, was serving as a board member of a local school and was struck by the bleak prospects facing economically-challenged high school students who lacked the skills necessary to compete in the changing job market. In response to that need, Mr. Alvarez founded Genesys Works in Houston. Since then, we have successfully scaled to multiple geographies: Twin Cities in 2008, Chicago in 2010, and the Bay Area in 2013.  We have been recognized by President Obama and Forbes Magazine as leaders in social innovation.