YouthQuest expands reach of afterschool program in Flint

Program opens registration, offers sign-on bonus during hiring fair

(FLINT, Mich., Aug. 12, 2021) – During the 2021-22 school year, YouthQuest will provide afterschool programming at three Flint school districts. This includes Flint Community Schools, International Academy of Flint and – for the first time ever – Flint Cultural Center Academy.

“Adding Flint Cultural Center Academy to our roster means more students will have access to immersive learning opportunities that broaden their horizons while building upon the school day,” said Nefertari Jones, program director of afterschool education at Flint & Genesee Education & Talent, which administers YouthQuest, and is a division of Flint & Genesee Group. “What’s more, it’s an important resource for parents, providing their children with a safe space with supportive adults and friends.”

Now in its 11th year, YouthQuest provides high-quality activities that focus on academic support; enrichment; physical fitness and healthy behaviors; nutrition education; youth development and leadership; and family and community engagement. The program supports the “whole child,” which means that program staff work to positively impact the health, safety, and physical and emotional well-being of each student.

YouthQuest – which receives primary support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers – will be held in person, with some clubs will be available via a remote format.

Program registration is now open for:

  • Flint Community Schools, which begins on Aug. 16
    • Please note that YouthQuest begins on Sept. 7 at Accelerated Learning Academy
  • Flint Cultural Center Academy, which begins on Aug. 23

YouthQuest will begin at International Academy of Flint Sept. 20, and registration will open Sept. 1.

For more information about this year’s program, or to register, visit or contact your school’s YouthQuest site team leader.

To support the program’s continued growth, YouthQuest will host a hiring fair on Aug. 27 at the Flint & Genesee Group, located at 519 S. Saginaw St., in downtown Flint.

The program aims to fill two types of positions – learning guides (or frontline staff) and certified learning guides (or certified teachers). Anyone hired during the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will receive a $250 sign-on bonus after completing 90 days on the job.

Learning guides and certified learning guides work 18 hours a week over the course of four days, Monday through Thursday.  The starting rate for learning guides is $13/hour, with a raise to $14/hour after one year. For certified learning guides, the pay rate is $16.50.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have at minimum a high school diploma and be able to pass a criminal background check.

For more information, call (810) 600-1412 or visit

About YouthQuest

YouthQuest is a high-quality, research-based afterschool program offering educational and enrichment activities that engage young minds. The program is administered by Flint & Genesee Education & Talent, a division of Flint & Genesee Group, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. For more information, visit