(FLINT, Mich., June 21, 2018) Genesee County teens interested in learning how to navigate today’s competitive job market are encouraged to register for TeenQuest’s summer session, which will be held July 9 to Aug. 2 in Flint.

Over the course of four weeks, participants in the pre-employment and leadership training program will practice resume writing, participate in mock interviews and learn how open their own checking and savings accounts. They will also learn about key soft skills, including communication, teamwork and conflict resolution.

“TeenQuest lays a solid foundation for students to excel in the workplace,” said James Avery, director of Education & Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which administers TeenQuest. “It helps teens understand employer expectations and prepares them to make a positive impression both during the interview process as well as on the job.”

The summer session – which will run from 1-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Baker College of Flint, New Jerusalem Church and Asbury United Methodist Church – is available to students who attend public, private, charter, alternative or home schools in Genesee County.

Participants must be in grades 10-12 during the 2018-19 school year. Students entering ninth grade in the fall are not eligible for the July session but are encouraged to apply for the afterschool sessions that begin in September.

“The summer session is a great opportunity for all students, especially those who are involved in sports and other extracurricular activities during the school year,” said Avery, noting that TeenQuest will also host four afterschool sessions during the 2018-19 school year.

Students who complete the summer session will be invited to attend the 2019 Summer Youth Initiative Job Fair, which matches hundreds of TeenQuest graduates with local employers each year.

To apply for TeenQuest’s summer session, click here.

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.