The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the organizations, foundations, businesses and individual donors that have contributed a total of $85,500 to support local youth programming in recent months.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of these grantors and donors,” says James Avery, the Chamber’s director of Education & Training. “Their generosity helps our organization make a positive impact through providing area youth and teens with high-quality afterschool programming, pre-employment training and real-world job experiences.”
The grantors and donors include:
- Anonymous, $30,000 (TeenQuest/Summer Youth Initiative)
- Hagerman Foundation, $25,000 (Summer Youth Initiative)
- Community Foundation of Greater Flint, $10,000 (Summer Youth Initiative)
- Community Foundation of Greater Flint, $5,000 (TeenQuest)
- Jennings Memorial Foundation, $5,000 (YouthQuest)
- Merkley Youth Charitable Trust, $5,000 (Summer Youth Initiative)
- Stephanie Pasternak and CYMER, $2,000 (YouthQuest)
- Burroughs Memorial Trust, $1,000 (TeenQuest/Summer Youth Initiative)
The funding from these organizations will benefit three of the Chamber’s youth- and teen-related programs, which are administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund and made possible with primary financial support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. They include:
- YouthQuest, a comprehensive afterschool program that provides educational, enrichment and physical fitness opportunities for more than 2,000 students in grades K-12 each year
- TeenQuest, a pre-employment and leadership training program for high school students, ages 14-19, in Genesee County
- Summer Youth Initiative (SYI), which connects TeenQuest graduates with summer job opportunities in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors
To learn more about TeenQuest and Summer Youth Initiative, visit www.flintandgenesee.org/teenquest.
For more information about YouthQuest, visit www.yquest.org.