Every gift to Genesys Works empowers youth to reach the economic mainstream.
When we think about the students we serve at Genesys Works, 81% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch. A sudden loss of stable income can be an insurmountable challenge for them and their families. Our students weren’t away on a spring break trip when this pandemic hit. They were working in their internships while still going to high school. Their paychecks weren’t used to buy the latest iPhone or a new car. Their paychecks helped support their families.
As many parents face losing their paychecks, their child’s modest income becomes ever more critical to meet the most basic of needs.
To put this into perspective, 46% earn the same or more than at least one parent. They are working hard to change their future, to get on the path to upward economic mobility. The lack of opportunity for these young professionals could be the difference between having and not having a career. But it’s more essential than that. Because having and not having a career for these students can mean the difference between a life of adversity and breaking the cycle in order to achieve their full potential.
We need your help to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our young professionals. Your gift will help ensure that these young people receive the support and resources they need, now more than ever.
Right now, every day counts.