|Faduma Warsame addressing the SVP audience|
The resulting session was called "Teen Voices - Finding Success Amidst Adversity" and involved 12 Genesys Works students who not only shared personal experiences, but led roundtable discussions with SVP partners from around the country in four separate discussion groups. The four discussion themes, each facilitated by three GW young professionals, were:
1) Immigrants in America: What helps an immigrant to be successful in this country?
2) Education: How can our education system be improved?
3) Higher Education and the Workforce: How can we lead more urban students to
college and build a more diverse professional workforce?
4) Poverty: How do students overcome poverty to achieve success?
The roundtable discussions were engaging, educational and impactful for all involved. SVP partners not only learned a great deal from our students, but were eager to put this knowledge to work in their own communities as they returned home. For the 12 amazing young men and women of Genesys Works that led these discussions (Faduma Warsame, Ali Ibrahim, Pa-Loo Lor, Tha Da Loo, Xai Ly, Muluka Omar, PaNa Vang, Michael Xiong, Cheng Xiong, Jennifer Vang, Justin Mitchell, and Raymond Perez-Rivera), this provided a great opportunity to further develop and polish their leadership and professional communication skills. And for the Genesys Works staff members in attendance, it provided yet another moment where they could look back in awe at the incredible capabilities and accomplishments of our students. Bravo!