Bank of America names Genesys Works Twin Cities the 2018 Neighborhood Builder

Genesys Works has been providing meaningful internship opportunities and skills training to high school students from underserved communities across the Minneapolis-St. Paul community for 10 years.

Now, Bank of America has recognized the nonprofit for its work by naming it the 2018 Neighborhood Builder. The award comes with a $200,000 grant, leadership training presented by Bank of America for the executive director and an emerging leader at the organization, and access to a network of peer organizations across the U.S.

“Genesys Works is addressing one of the most critical issues in our community — providing our youth with knowledge and skills required to achieve career success and a lifetime of economic self-sufficiency,” said Katie Simpson, Minneapolis-St. Paul market president, Bank of America. “Genesys Works’s approach to help students achieve career and college goals is innovative, effective and sustainable. We are honored to support them in their work to create the future and ensure that our community is able to thrive.”

Genesys Works’ approach to help students achieve career and college goals is innovative, effective, and sustainable. We are honored to support them in their work to create the future and ensure that our community is able to thrive.

Katie Simpson
Minneapolis-St. Paul market president, Bank of America

Participating students in the Genesys Works program have access to four interlocking programs: a rigorous eight-week summer training curriculum consisting of professional and business technology skills, a year-long paid internship in which students earn approximately $12,000, college access support, and college success advising for alumni pursuing a postsecondary credential. In 2017, Genesys Works served nearly 4,000 students with its programming leading them to achieve academic and career success.

By helping to address issues fundamental to improving economic mobility for individuals and families, such as workforce development, community development and basic needs, Neighborhood Builders invests in the Twin Cities community. It is just one example of how Bank of America deploys capital in communities and builds cross-sector partnerships, advancing economic and social progress as part of its approach to responsible growth.

Bank of America has invested more than $1,200,000 in the Twin Cities since 2013 through Neighborhood Builder grants. Previous recipients include City of Lakes Community Land Trust, EMERGE, Second Harvest Heartland, College Possible and Northside Achievement Zone. Nationally, the program has been recognized as the nation’s largest philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership development.

Nationally since 2004, Bank of America has invested more than $220 million in 49 communities through Neighborhood Builders, partnered with more than 1,000 organizations and helped more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills.

11/13/18

 

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