AAMA proudly recognizes the following students at George I. Sanchez Charter High School who have been accepted into the highly selective internship program through Genesys Works.

Mayra Diaz
Catalina Gomez
Monica Ortiz
Diana Rangel
Ascension Rodriguez
Andrea Sandoval
Mariela Serratos
Claudia Zuniga
 

Genesys Works is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that enables inner-city high school students to break through barriers and discover through meaningful work experience that they can succeed as professionals in the corporate world.

Students enter the program during the summer prior to their senior year. After 8 intensive weeks of training, students are assigned to work at one of our clients, half time, during their senior year.

The training is designed to arm students with the knowledge they need to provide value to corporations in either information technology (PC support), engineering drafting or accounting/finance departments. Furthermore, students are trained on the professional skills needed (such as communications and corporate behavior) to enter and succeed in corporate environments. From the first day they walk into our facilities, which are located in the downtown business districts of the cities we serve, the students are exposed to a culture of high expectations and professionalism.

Throughout the program, students realize first-hand that they can thrive in a corporate environment and that pursing 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 into college immediately after high school. Most are the first in their family to do so.

The key to Genesys Works’ success is its win-win model: companies benefit from reliable, motivated and cost-effective resources while students get to experience a life-changing opportunity. Furthermore, our corporate clients regularly report that the morale in their department increases as their full-time employees have the opportunity to focus on higher-level activities, obtain supervisory experience, and significantly impact a young life.
 
Our clients include most of the Fortune 500 companies in Houston (El Paso, Exxon, Continental Airlines, Reliant Energy, Kinder Morgan, United Space Alliance, etc.). And, in our first year in the Twin Cities area, several of the largest corporations in region have joined our team (3M corporation, Travelers Insurance, Ecolab, Land-O’Lakes, Bremer Bank, Deluxe Corp., etc.)

In addition, the Genesys Works model is a leading example of nonprofit self-sustainability and has received national attention because of it. Over 80 percent of the program’s expenses are paid for with the earned income received from the provision of services to corporations. With its model, Genesys Works has found a way to change the lives of students and provide a valued service to corporations while not utilizing any tax dollars. Genesys Works does, however, rely on financial contributions from foundations and individuals in order to grow, serve more young people, and provide critical support programs like the “College Connection” Program.



Please visit http://www.genesysworks.org/index.php for more information.
 
 
Refer to the article below from the Houston Chronicle highlighting the students of George I. Sanchez Charter High School in the Genesys Works internship program.