YouthQuest Celebrates Year-End with Global Games

(FLINT, MICH.) A world view, a global economic perspective and national pride were among the many things students explored during the YouthQuest Global Games.  On Thursday, June 7 at Word of Life Activity Center hundreds of students gathered to participate in the YouthQuest Global Games United Nations from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The event was the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce YouthQuest afterschool program’s year-end celebration.

YouthQuest Global Games YouthQuest students from Woodland Elementary present their country's flag and national anthem during the June 7, 2012 Global Games celebration. Students from 15 YouthQuest school sites from throughout Genesee County presented the countries they created during after school activities.

Students from 15 YouthQuest school sites from throughout the region presented the countries they created during after school activities.  Each site was tasked with creating a country name, creating a constitution, a monetary system and a national sport.

“Building global leaders positioned for success is a critical element of YouthQuest,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Regional Chamber.  “Global Games provides area youth with the means to look at how global economies work and gain greater insight into global connectivity.   This is another example of the many ways that YouthQuest prepares students to interact, collaborate and compete with their peers around the globe.”

According to Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Employer Education and Training for the Regional Chamber, Global Games is all about helping students explore the interconnectivity of our world.

“Leaders of the future will need to have a global economic view,” said Hunyady.  “Global Games is designed to help youth gain that perspective.  We created a fun, interactive way for YouthQuest students to introduce the country they created, explain their currency and share the culture through this unique learning experience.  It’s impressive to see the creativity expressed during preparation for the games.”

YouthQuest is a free after school program that reaches more than 2,000 K-8 students at 15 school-based sites in Flint and Genesee County managed by the Regional Chamber.  For more information about Global Games contact Rhetta Hunyady at (810) 600-1412 or visit www.yquest.org .

About YouthQuest

YouthQuest is a high-quality, research-based afterschool program offering educational and enrichment activities that engage young minds. Available at 15 sites in the city of Flint and Genesee County, YouthQuest serves 2,000 students in grades K-12 each year. The program is 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 and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. For more information, visit www.yquest.org.