Genesys Works' 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. 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. 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.
Elrod Fellows serve in the position of Program Coordinator, the primary business contact for both the client and the student who is responsible for both client satisfaction and student professional development. The Program Coordinator builds relationships with clients to encourage new and repeat business opportunities. In addition, the Program Coordinator develops a relationship with the student that supports their pursuit of a profession.
Listen to Vanessa's story, a Genesys Works intern mentored by Elrod Fellow Crystal Spencer.