Genesee County High School Students are Eligible

TeenQuest Graduation March 29, 2012 Asia Johnson, of Flint Northern High School, receives a hug from a TeenQuest facilitator after receiving her program completion certificate. About 200 high school students from the Flint area convened with their families to celebrate their graduation from the program, which helps train the teens for employment.

(FLINT, MICH.) The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce TeenQuest program is offering no-cost pre-employment leadership training to Genesee County high school students ages 14 through 18 who are currently in grades 9 through 12.  Applications are being accepted for the program.

The TeenQuest summer program is a four-week pre-employment and leadership training program designed to help Genesee County youth prepare for success in the future.  The program starts on July 9 and concludes on August 2.  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 Operations and Employer Education and Training Connection says the employment opportunities available to TeenQuest graduates are one of many ways that students benefit from the program.

“TeenQuest graduates learn to 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   TeenQuest afterschool sessions will also be available in the fall. Visit to learn more.

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