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With many Genesee County residents struggling to meet their most basic needs, the Mott Foundation has made a total of $600,000 in grants to help area families obtain food, shelter and other services this winter.
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Since it was established in 1926, the Mott Foundation has maintained a deep commitment to its hometown of Flint, Michigan. This longstanding support reflects the Foundation’s belief that through involved people partnering with strong organizations, the greater Flint community can face its challenges and create a more vibrant and sustainable future.
This grantmaking, done primarily through the Foundation’s Flint Area program, includes support for educational and cultural programs; economic and downtown development; job training; and emergency and human services.
This renewal grant provides continued support to the Genesee Area Focus Fund for the YouthQuest After School Initiative. YouthQuest provides children and youth with opportunities to learn and grow through a safe, engaging, and exciting afterschool learning experience, surrounded by caring, responsible adults, and sustained by an involved, contributing community. High-quality programming like YouthQuest is crucial in Flint right now, where strong, research-based educational and enrichment opportunities are important interventions for individuals from birth to young adulthood who may have been exposed to lead, as those interventions may mitigate the long-term impacts of such exposure.
This renewal grant will support the Flint Community Schools' Summer Tot Lot Program, an early education program for at-risk children ages four and five that provides them with the academic and social skills necessary for future educational success. The Summer Tot Lot Program has been a part of the Flint Community Schools' summer education programming since the late 1930s and addresses the academic, social, and nutrition/fitness development of children, while providing their caregivers with parenting support.
This grant provides support to the Genesee Area Focus Fund to implement TeenQuest and Summer Youth Initiative, which provides job training and employment opportunities for Genesee County teens in partnership with area employers. Teens first participate in the TeenQuest component, a five-week pre-employment training program, and then are eligible to apply for employment at the Summer Youth Initiative job fair. Programs such as this are particularly necessary in Flint given its current water crisis because educational and enrichment opportunities are important interventions for teens to help mitigate the long-term impacts of such exposure.
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