(FLINT, Mich., Sept. 12, 2018) – With school back in session, area families can now register their students for YouthQuest’s afterschool enrichment program, which kicks off next week at multiple school districts in Flint and Genesee County.

The 32-week program, which serves students in grades K-12, offers high-quality activities and services that encourage academic achievement; physical fitness; the exploration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math; the development of leadership and other important life skills; and more.

Research shows that students who regularly attend afterschool programs like YouthQuest experience improved academic performance, have fewer disciplinary problems and are more likely to graduate from high school.

“YouthQuest offers a safe place for students to explore new interests and build positive relationships with peers and mentors,” said Cheryl Adkins, program director for YouthQuest, which is administered by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “In doing so, it prepares them to succeed in school, at home and beyond.”

During the 2018-19 academic year, YouthQuest, which receives its primary support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers, will be available to students attending the following schools:

Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools

  • Dye Elementary
  • Randels Elementary

Flint Community Schools

  • Brownell STEM Academy
  • Doyle-Ryder Elementary
  • Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary
  • Eisenhower Elementary
  • Freeman Elementary
  • Holmes STEM Academy
  • Neithercut Elementary
  • Northwestern High School
  • Pierce Elementary
  • Potter Elementary
  • Southwestern Classical Academy
  • Walter E. Scott Middle School

International Academy of Flint

  • Elementary, middle and high school

YouthQuest will begin Sept. 17 at most schools. An exception to this is Freeman Elementary, which follows a balanced calendar and started program in late August.

Parents can enroll their children in YouthQuest by completing the registration form online or by filling out and submitting the YouthQuest form provided at their child’s day school.

For more information about YouthQuest, 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 16 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 primary support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. For more information, visit www.yquest.org.