On Saturday, May 18 close to 1,000 TeenQuest graduates will have an opportunity to gain summer employment at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) Job Fair. The event takes place at Baker College of Flint in the Student Center.

Graduates of TeenQuest, a free afterschool pre-employment and leadership program of the Chamber are eligible to participate in the SYI Job Fair. SYI helps participating teens prepare for and connect to job opportunities.

For-profit employers are eligible for a 50 percent match of the students’ salary for the first 90 days of employment. Nonprofits compete for funding to pay 100 percent of employing the students.

“TeenQuest graduates have an incredible opportunity to gain employment experience through SYI,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education and Training for the Chamber. “The preparation graduates receive makes them highly marketable and sets them up for leadership roles in the future. Employers participate in the job fair return year after year because they appreciate the ability to hire well-prepared students for their summer positions.”

Last year, nearly 500 teens were employed through SYI at 25 nonprofits and businesses in Flint and Genesee County.

TeenQuest is a free after-school pre-employment and leadership program for teens ages 14 -18 designed to teach students the basics of teamwork, business etiquette, work ethics, communication, goal setting and conflict resolution. The six-week program is offered year-round and is a pre-requisite for SYI participation.

For more information about TeenQuest or SYI contact Paul Stainbrook at (810) 600-1413 or pstainbrook@flintandgenesee.org.