Phoenix, Arizona – Genesis City is honored to be awarded a program grant gift of $50,000 from Thunderbirds Charities. This generous donation will allow Genesis City to continue its life-changing Trailblazer Program which serves disadvantaged 14 to 21 year olds who reside in the most poverty stricken neighborhoods of Maricopa County. Through this program, youth are shaped into true “Trailblazers” who overcome the multi-generational cycle of poverty by leading the way for others to access education and gainful employment. Sixty-percent of the youth who participate in the program are the first in their families to earn diplomas and over ninety-percent will be the first in their families to attend college. Trailblazers blossom into impactful leaders as they inspire the disengaged youth in their neighborhoods to return to school and pursue a path to success. The rigorous and holistic Trailblazer program is the cornerstone of the Thunderbirds Charities Life Planning Center at Genesis City.
Upon receiving news of the award, Karen Callahan, Executive Director said that “Thunderbirds Charities is truly a godsend for our whole community. The families that we serve are extremely grateful to the Thunderbirds for their generosity. Their magnanimous support allows us to continue the important work our organization does of reclaiming the promise of Arizona’s most disadvantaged youth.”
The Thunderbirds are proud to support Genesis City Trailblazer program,” said Thunderbirds Charities President Carlos Sugich. “They’re teaching our youth essential life skills, and we are happy to help their efforts.
Genesis City is a non-profit youth services charity that has served valley youth since 1991. Its innovative programs have positively transformed the lives of thousands of disenfranchised Maricopa County youth and their families. Genesis City’s campus is located at 525 E. McDowell Road in Phoenix, and its staff are experts in the field of serving urban youth. The community-based agency serves over 400 families annually, and its numerous success stories continue to persevere in post-secondary education and careers all over the valley.
About Thunderbirds Charities:
THUNDERBIRDS CHARITIES is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com. For more information on the Thunderbirds Charities, visit www.thunderbirdscharities.org.