Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2006

Check out this video of Rafael Alvarez's work

    This description of Rafael Alvarez's work was prepared when Rafael Alvarez was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
    Rafael is helping industry leaders, schools, and disadvantaged youth discover that they have much to offer each other. Employers need skilled, motivated workers to grow their companies. However, talented low-income youth don’t see themselves headed for these corporate jobs. They aim for – not beyond – high school graduation. Rafael’s organization, Genesys Works, gives low-income teens training in high-tech jobs and exposure to professional work environments proving his belief that students who experience success in "that first professional job" while still in high school are more likely to go to college and go on to thrive in the economic mainstream. Ten of the fifteen largest companies in Houston employ Genesys Works students, 90% of whom go to college. No companies have dropped out, in fact, most ask for additional students each year.
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