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Summer Youth Initiative and TeenQuest

Genesee Area Focus Fund

  • Program Flint Area
  • Program Area Revitalizing the Education Continuum
  • Grant Amount $825,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2013–April 30, 2014
  • Location Flint, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Flint

About this grant

This grant enables the Genesee Area Focus Fund to implement the Summer Youth Initiative, which consists of two primary components: job training and employment opportunities. Eligible Flint area youth, ages 14-18 and in grades 9-12, attend the TeenQuest five-week, pre-employment training program, which is offered five times throughout the school year. Upon successful completion of the TeenQuest program, area youth apply for summer employment at the Summer Youth Initiative Job Fair. The initiative provides 100 percent of the wages for area nonprofits and 50 percent of the wages for area businesses to hire youth during the summer months. In addition to learning valuable employment skills, the youth participate in volunteer opportunities to encourage civic engagement. The 2012 Summer Youth Initiative funded 19 nonprofit agencies in addition to several local businesses and governmental units to employ 495 youth. The grantee’s goal for 2013 is to train 600 and employ 500 youth through the Summer Youth Initiative.