Enrollment open for students attending Flint Community Schools, International Academy of Flint
(FLINT, Mich., May 4, 2020) With face-to-face learning suspended for the remainder of the school year, YouthQuest is now offering remote learning and enrichment opportunities for students at Flint Community Schools and International Academy of Flint through June 4.
“As Flint students follow the Continuity of Learning Plans established by their school districts, YouthQuest is helping keep them active, engaged and learning through remote educational and enrichment activities that build upon the school day,” said Nefertari Jones, program director for YouthQuest, which is administered by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. “We might not be able to see our students in person, but we can still provide them with the opportunity to explore new interests, develop their leadership skills and connect with peers and mentors.”
How YouthQuest’s remote programming is delivered varies by site, but families can expect the same high-quality content focused on academic support; enrichment; physical fitness and healthy behaviors; nutrition education; youth development and leadership; and family and community engagement.
From Monday through Thursday, each site offers one to three hours of optional virtual content each afternoon. Students are encouraged to attend the portions of program that most interest them, which—depending on the site—could include anything from cooking clubs to karate lessons. The program will also share pre-recorded videos from staff, partners and vendors at yquest.org and in private forums for students and families.
For families who prefer less screen time or don’t have consistent access to Internet, non-virtual options are also available.
“Since schools first closed, YouthQuest has provided hundreds of supply kits and learning packets for our afterschool students,” Jones said. “Based on input from families, we’re also mailing out game ideas, coloring sheets and other engaging activities upon request. Our goal is to provide resources that can help families thrive as they adjust to this ‘new normal.’”
Families can enroll their students in this remote version of YouthQuest by connecting with their school’s Site Team Leader using the contact information provided below.
Flint Community Schools
- Brownell STEM Academy
- Doyle Ryder Elementary
- Durant Tuuri-Mott Elementary
- Eisenhower Elementary
- Flint Junior High
- Freeman Elementary
- Holmes STEM Academy
- Neithercut Elementary
- Pierce Elementary
- Potter Elementary
- Southwestern Classical Academy
International Academy of Flint
In addition to this afterschool offering, YouthQuest and the Flint Community Education Initiative will provide mindfulness and physical activity videos for all Flint Community Schools (FCS) students as part of the district’s remote learning offering.
To learn more about YouthQuest, visit www.yquest.org or call (810) 600-1422.
YouthQuest is a high-quality, research-based afterschool program offering educational and enrichment activities that engage young minds. The program is administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund, a supporting organization of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. For more information, visit www.yquest.org.