Enrollment Deadline October 29

(FLINT, MICH.) The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce TeenQuest program is offering the second session of its no-cost pre-employment leadership training to Genesee County high school students ages 14 through 18 who are currently in grades 9 through 12.  Interested students should submit applications by Monday, October 29.

The second session begins on Monday, October 29 and concludes on Friday, November 30.  The sites with available openings include:  Baker Career Academy, Flint Southwestern Academy, Grand Blanc High School and Kearsley High School.

TeenQuest is a five-week pre-employment and leadership training program designed to help Genesee County youth prepare for success in the future.  Through TeenQuest students learn the basics of teamwork, business etiquette, work ethics, communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.  The program is also a pre-requisite for employment through the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI), which matches employers with TeenQuest graduates for summer employment.

“We are proud that TeenQuest graduates are prepared to enter the work world with valuable, marketable skills,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Regional Chamber.  “Participation in the program is an excellent growth opportunity for youth in the region.”

Rhetta Hunyady, Regional Chamber Group Vice President of Education and Training says the employment opportunities available to TeenQuest graduates are one of many ways that students benefit from the program.

“TeenQuest graduates learn how to be leaders,” said Hunyady.  “The training provides critical skills needed for success in the workplace and in life.”

To sign up for TeenQuest or for more information contact Rhetta Hunyady at (810) 600-1412 or Paula Stainbrook at (810) 600-1413 or pstainbrook@flintandgenesee.org.   Visit www.flintandgenesee.org/teenquest to learn more.

About the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce (www.flintandgenesee.org) is the voice of business and community advocacy in Genesee County. The Regional Chamber is over 100 years old, was established before the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Two words describe the Regional Chamber as it enters its second century of service: collaboration and partnership. It is our goal to work with government, business, education and nonprofit organizations to support the growth and development of the community economically, culturally and socially.

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.