Up to 250 TeenQuest Graduates Will Seek Entry-Level Jobs

(FLINT, Mich., March 20, 2015) – Employers looking to fill full- and part-time entry-level positions will have the opportunity to choose from hundreds of young adults as the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce hosts the FGCC Job Fair on April 24.ib_JobFair

Up to 250 graduates of the Flint & Genesee Chamber’s TeenQuest program will seek employment during the invitation-only job fair, which will be held at Baker College of Flint. Employers must register by March 27 to participate.

“If you are an employer – with any type of business – who needs confident young adults trained in business etiquette for your full-time or part-time entry-level positions, this is the job fair for you,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education and Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber. “Our TeenQuest program alumni have successfully completed training that gives them a leg up on what it means to get a job and, more importantly, to keep one.”

TeenQuest is a five-week training program designed to help high school students ages 14-18 prepare for success. Students learn the basics of teamwork, business etiquette, work ethics, communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

While teenage graduates of the TeenQuest program traditionally qualify for the Summer Youth Initiative summer job program, the FGCC Job Fair connects business-trained 18- to 25-year-olds with permanent employment opportunities.

Last fall, more than 20 employers and 120 TeenQuest graduates participated in the Chamber’s first-ever job fair of this type, connecting the graduates with permanent job opportunities.

The cost for employers to participate in the April 24 FGCC Job Fair is free for Flint & Genesee Chamber members and $100 for nonmembers. The $100 fee can be applied toward a new Chamber membership. To register, apply online at https://www.flintandgenesee.org/learn/job-fair-business-application/.

Another FGCC Job Fair will be held Sept. 18. The employer registration deadline for that job fair will be Aug. 28.

For more information about the FGCC Job Fair, contact Hunyady at rhunyady@flintandgenesee.org.

About the Summer Youth Initiative and TeenQuest

The Summer Youth Initiative is a program that helps Flint-area teens find paid summer jobs. It’s open to students who’ve completed the TeenQuest afterschool program, which provides pre-employment and leadership training to students ages 14 to 19 to help them succeed in college and the 21st century workplace. Both programs are administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund, a supporting organization of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. To apply or learn more, visit www.flintandgenesee.org/teenquest.