Genesis City‘s Purpose
Genesis City provides poverty-level 14-21 year olds (the majority of whom are the first in their families to graduate from high school) the opportunity to re-access the education pipeline and blossom into successful life-long learners and civically engaged community members. Genesis graduates become “Trailblazers” for their families and inspire the disengaged youth in their neighborhoods to return to school and forge a successful path to college and careers. Many Genesis City alumni have graduated from colleges and vocational programs and are now working in well paid careers all over the Valley. Genesis City’s innovative programs break the cycle of poverty and contribute to the economic and social welfare of Metropolitan Phoenix.
Genesis City’s 10,000 square foot campus is situated in one of the most concentrated hotbeds of disengaged and under-served youth in Maricopa County. Genesis City Trailblazers hail from many of the highest poverty-level zip codes in the city where, according to U.S. Census information, 1 in 2 youth are “disconnected” (not working or attending school). The agency serves communities spanning a 20 mile radius and the majority of its participants travel from as far as the surrounding communities of Tempe, Sunnyslope, South Phoenix, Maryvale and Laveen to benefit from its innovative programs. The agency provides services to an average of 250-300 disadvantaged youth and their families a year and a continuum of services are provided to alumni who return to its doors seeking ongoing guidance, training and employment opportunities.
Genesis City’s Urgent and Timely Mission
The mission of Genesis City is to reclaim the promise of Arizona’s disenfranchised youth by providing them with the tools and opportunity they need to become active contributors to the economic and social welfare of their communities in this and future generations.
Genesis City has a Remarkable 30 Year Track Record of Serving Our Valley’s Most Disadvantaged Youth
Since its inception in 1991, Genesis City has provided hope and a new beginning to over 7,000 of the most disadvantaged teenagers in Maricopa County., Genesis City is a 501(C))(3) youth services charity that serves to strengthen communities.
Genesis City Demographics
Genesis City is Expert in the Field of Inspiring Disenfranchised Youth to Reach Their True Potential
Oftentimes youth who are struggling with socioeconomic barriers give up on their dreams of a brighter future and drop out of school. These teenagers find themselves caught in a downward spiral of despair and hopelessness. Their sense of fatalism, coupled with a lack of educational opportunity, can lead fragile teenagers to substance abuse, unwanted pregnancy, self-harm, crime and even suicide. Genesis City ‘s innovative support services reclaim the promise of Arizona’s disenfranchised youth by providing them with the opportunity and tools they need to reach their true potential. Genesis City taps into a deep reservoir of talent that would otherwise be given up for lost. Genesis City’s education and support services provide those youth who are fortunate enough to find their way through its doors a new beginning and a path to success
Genesis City Provides the Following Innovative Programs and Wrap-Around Services to its Trailblazers:
Unique Features and Facts About Genesis City
Genesis City’s Groundbreaking Work with Disengaged Youth Receives Accolades:
Presented to Genesis Academy students and Blair Coe Schweiger, Academic Program Director and Genesis Academy
Community Leadership Award presented to Luis Bleuze, Instructor and WorkLink Coordinator, Genesis Academy
Education Leader Award presented to Karen Callahan, Executive Director
Architect of Change Award – Education/Youth Champion Award presented to Karen Callahan, Executive Director
Golden Rule Award presented to Genesis City and Karen Callahan, Executive Director, Education Honoree
Ground-breaking dropout intervention
program launched at Phoenix College
Genesis Academy Alternative High School chartered through ASBCS to expand participants’ educational opportunity
Genesis City’s expanded wrap around educational, social, and career service programs launched through grant from Helios Education Foundation
Genesis City celebrates 31 years of providing new beginnings for youth and breaking the cycle of generational poverty in one generation
Genesis City Nonprofit organization founded Served as off-site alternative school for MCRS, PUHSD and GUHSD
I've supported this worthwhile school that educates the most needy students in our community. They have a wonderful annual fundraiser and we support them through our annual Arizona tax credit program.
Genesis Academy is an amazing school with fantastic teachers that go out of their way to assist students in need. This school really changed my life for the better and I am thankful everyday day for it.
Outstanding high school in Phoenix, even if is a very small campus it is a great place to learn and the teachers and staff were awesome to me they were like family;Genesis Academy you are awesome!!!
As a former student, I can say that everyone on staff is truly caring. You get so much more than just your general education. My time here gave me many great opportunities.
Small school, good students and staff. I feel very accepted. It's such a life changing program, it is helping me be the best me I can be. I highly recommend Genesis.
I am proud 2002 graduate of Genesis Academy. I think it's the best school a person can attend. All the teachers really care about their students.