AT&T has contributed USD2.0 million to Genesys Works, a program that connects underserved high school seniors with critical college and career skills, the company said.
This contribution brings AT&T investments in Genesys Works to a total of USD6.0 million since 2012 as a part of AT&T Aspire, its signature philanthropic initiative. It will also jump-start Genesys Works´ program expansion initiatives with a goal of opening new programs in another 15 cities by 2022, serving up to 11,000 new students. The program currently serves students in Houston, Chicago, Twin Cities, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington´s National Capital Region.
Genesys Works offers an intense summer training program with professional and technical skills development, as well as career coaching. After the training, students begin a paid, year-long internship.
Students served by Genesys Works are from low-income households and 96 percent of them are students of color. Eighty-four percent are the first in their family to go to college, putting them at higher risk for under-employment. Genesys Works helps these students succeed in a professional environment while still in school. The internships also connect their job experience to their academics, which increases their odds for enrolling in a secondary degree.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) provides entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services, and is a large provider of pay TV in the US and 11 Latin American countries.