Genesee County students’ last chance to participate in summer employment program

The last session of TeenQuest starts April 8.

(Flint, Mich. Mar. 11, 2024) Students in Genesee County have one more chance to participate in TeenQuest. The pre-employment and leadership training program run by Flint & Genesee Education & Talent, a division of the Flint & Genesee Group, offers a chance to be employed by a local organization through the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) program.  

The last session for TeenQuest will begin April 8 at three sites throughout the county as well as virtually. TeenQuest is a five-week training program designed to help students learn how to get and keep a job. It is also a pre-requisite for an invitation to the SYI job fair on May 11.   

“We host our SYI Job Fair each year in May to connect TeenQuest graduates to local employer partners who will hire them to work for the summer,” says James Avery, director of talent development for Flint & Genesee Education & Talent. “We partner with for-profit and non-profit organizations who are able to give students a great summer job experience, and for some students, their first job experience.” 

According to a survey conducted by Strategic Policy Consultants, a company hired by Flint & Genesee Education & Talent to evaluate the TeenQuest and SYI programs, 98% of former SYI participants noted that it was a good use of their time and 95% said they were satisfied with the nature of the work they did.  

This April, TeenQuest will run after school at the following locations: 

  • Carman-Ainsworth High School – April 8-May 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m. 
  • Grand Blanc High School – April 8-May 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m. 
  • Virtual Session – April 8-May 6, 4:15-6:15 p.m. 

The program is open to all students who live in Genesee County, are between the ages 14-19, and are currently in grades 9-12 at a local school including homeschool and charter schools.  

TeenQuest benefits are more than just preparing for a job. Students learn other life skills they can carry with them such as character development, conflict resolution, positive mental attitude, financial literacy, goal setting, and taking initiative.  

For more information on TeenQuest and to register, visit