(FLINT, Mich. – Oct. 31, 2018) – The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce today announced the receipt of $150,000 from multiple organizations in support of economic development, afterschool programming and job preparedness in Genesee County. The grantors include:
- Chase Foundation, $100,000 (Economic Development)
- United Way of Genesee County, $30,000 (TeenQuest, YouthQuest)
- Whiting Foundation, $10,000 (YouthQuest)
- Herman Miller Cares, $5,000 (YouthQuest)
- Child Welfare Society, $5,000 (YouthQuest)
“The Chamber is committed to creating an economically vibrant future in Genesee County and preparing the region’s future workforce for success,” said Tim Herman, CEO at the Flint & Genesee Chamber. “This can only be achieved with the support of our funders and many other partners, and we are grateful for their generosity.”
Specifically, the funding will benefit business retention and attraction activities led by the Flint & Genesee Chamber. It will also support two of the Chamber’s youth and teen programs, YouthQuest and TeenQuest.
YouthQuest is a comprehensive afterschool program that provides educational, enrichment and physical fitness opportunities for students in grades K-12. TeenQuest is a pre-employment and leadership training program for high school students, ages 14-19, in Genesee County.
Both programs – offered at no-cost to participants – are currently underway at multiple school sites in Flint and Genesee County.
To learn more about the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, YouthQuest or TeenQuest, visit www.flintandgenesee.org.
About Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce (www.flintandgenesee.org) is a premier business membership organization unlike most chambers of commerce. In addition to traditional member services, our responsibility includes serving as the lead economic development agency for Flint & Genesee, marketing tourism, youth programs, and leadership development and business training.
YouthQuest is a high-quality, research-based afterschool program offering educational and enrichment activities that engage young minds. Available at 15 sites in the city of Flint and Genesee County, YouthQuest serves about 2,000 students in grades K-12 each year. The Genesee Area Focus Fund, a support organization of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, administers the program, with primary financial support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. For more information, visit www.yquest.org.
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 have 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. The Genesee Area Focus Fund, a support organization of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, administers both programs with primary financial support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. To apply or learn more, visit www.flintandgenesee.org/teenquest.