COVID-19 Notice

With the outbreak of coronavirus in Michigan, Education & Training department is closely monitoring and complying with guidance provided by local, state and federal partners including the Genesee County Health Department, State of Michigan and Centers for Disease and Control. Following the statewide closure of all K-12 school buildings, the 2020 Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) Job Fair interviews will not take place face-to-face. Students will receive additional information regarding interviews soon. Please see additional information below regarding updating your contact information to assure you will receive emails regarding the Job Fair process.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this national health emergency. Our number one priority, as always, is to keep our students and employees healthy and safe.

Summer Youth Initiative

The Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) program helps more than 500 qualified teens find employment each year.

Each year the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce works with area nonprofit and for-profit businesses to hire students just like you. As a Summer Youth Initiative teen you can gain more than just a job. You can also get experience, learn valuable social skills and make connections that could one day direct you toward your dream job.

Teens are hired following the SYI Job Fair in the spring —as well as throughout the year—and jobs range from summer day camp counselors working with young children, general office duties, reading assistants, beautification and gardening assistants, library assistants and the food bank, to name a few.

Additionally, Job & Resource Fairs for former SYI participants that have graduated from high school are also available twice a year. These are also open to the public.

The Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) program helps qualified teens find employment


In addition to the training and work experiences you will have through this program, volunteerism is a significant part of both TeenQuest and the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) experience. Not only does it connect you with community members who need assistance, but it shows how the effort to lend a hand gives back to the volunteer on numerous levels.


Teens interested in participating in SYI are required to:

  • Be 14 to 19 years old
  • Currently be in grades 9th through 12th
  • Reside and attend school in Genesee County, either public, private, charter, alternative, or home school
  • Have successfully completed the TeenQuest pre-employment leadership training

SYI Job Fair

As the Flint & Genesee Chamber works out the details for the 2020 Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) Job Fair, please take a moment to validate your contact information. Interview dates and times will be sent to your email in the near future, so it is important that we have the most accurate information on hand.

Confirm or change your email address

Only students who applied for the SYI Job Fair will receive an email. If you applied for the Job Fair and do not receive an email, please update your information or contact Dawn Bye at .

For questions regarding the 2020 SYI Job Fair, please contact Dawn Bye at (810) 600-1413 or , or James Avery at (810) 600-1458 or .

Job Fair applications were due March 27, 2020.

Teens are responsible for completing and submitting their application to SYI on their own. Parents or other adults may assist the teen, but please do not complete the form for the applicant as this is an important part of the overall process for getting a job now and in the future.

For information on the SYI program contact James Avery at (810) 600-1458 or .

SYI applications are also available to pick up at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of each school year. The Chamber is located in downtown Flint at 519 S. Saginaw St., Suite 200, Flint, MI 48502.

Completed applications are to be submitted only to the Chamber.