Genesys Works opening IT doors for Minnesota’s disadvantaged students


Genesys Works Twin CitiesWith another successful Draft Day in the books, Genesys Works will be sending more than 150 underprivileged high school students on their way to internships with local companies, helping to clear an obstacle-filled path toward college and professional success in the IT field.

August’s Draft Day ceremony, which took place at the St. Paul Hotel, was the fifth annual iteration of the event put on by the local Twin Cities branch of the Houston based organization. Their guiding mission is to close the country’s educational achievement gap and create opportunities for students from low-income and — often impoverished — environments.

“What we’ve discovered is that the experience of succeeding as a young professional as part of a corporate team helps these students that are coming from disadvantaged backgrounds to see that there is a place for them in the professional work world,” says Jeff Tollefson, Executive Director of Genesys Works.