TeenQuest adds two new sites; enrollment begins

FLINT — TeenQuest, the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce preemployment leadership training program has added two new sites for the 2012-2013 year.

Boys & Girls Club of Flint and LakeVille High School are among four sites accepting applications from youth ages 14-18 and in grades 9-12 for the fall training class.

The fall session begins on Sept. 17 and concludes on Oct. 18. In addition to the Boys & Girls Club of Flint and the LakeVille High School sites, sessions will also take place at Flint Northwestern and Baker Career Academy.

The application deadline is Sept. 17.

Tim Herman, CEO of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce says the opportunity to prepare teens for the future with valuable, marketable skills is important to the Regional Chamber.

“TeenQuest provides an excellent growth opportunity for youth in the region,” said Herman. “The addition of Boys & Girls Club and the LakeVille Schools to this network of training sites will help expose the program to a broader range of teens and will ultimately benefit our region by providing well-prepared leaders to employers throughout the region.”

According to Vicki Luoma, Superintendent of LakeVille Schools her district is thrilled to have TeenQuest available for students.

“We started hiring Summer Youth Initiative students three years ago and quickly realized how difficult it was for our local students to access the preparation available through TeenQuest for summer employment,” said Luoma. “Now that TeenQuest pre-employment training is available in our district, it will enable our students to benefit from the leadership and employment opportunities available through the program. We are so grateful to the Regional Chamber for this wonderful opportunity to build a community coalition in support of our youth.”

Jamie Gaskins, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Flint says having TeenQuest leadership and preemployment training onsite will provide access for students from throughout the region who have not been able to participate in the past.

TeenQuest is a five-week preemployment and leadership training program designed to help Genesee County youth prepare for success in the future. Through TeenQuest students learn the basics of teamwork, business etiquette, work ethics, communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

The program is also a pre-requisite for employment through the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI), which matches employers with TeenQuest graduates for summer employment.

Details: Call 810-600-1413. — G.G.

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