FLINT — The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce TeenQuest program received a $20,000 grant from AT&T during an event Monday at Southwestern Classical Academy in Flint.
The grant, offered through the AT&T Aspire Program, helps support the integration of the TeenQuest program into high schools where the Chamber’s YouthQuest program is offered.
“The AT&T funding helps us to not only blend the two programs together, but also helps to enhance teens’ experiences, exposing them to emerging fields, local skills gaps, in-demand jobs, training resources, and college and vocational preparation that guides them on a pathway to employment,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education and Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber, which administers the TeenQuest and YouthQuest programs.
Previously offered only to elementary and middle school students, the YouthQuest afterschool enrichment program was expanded to include grades 9-12 for the first time in the 2014-15 school year. It now serves more than 2,000 K-12 students in 18 area schools.
TeenQuest is a five-week training program designed to help Flint & Genesee high school students ages 14-18 prepare for business success in the future. Students learn the basics of teamwork, business etiquette, work ethics, communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.
“I was impressed with the TeenQuest program back when I was a teacher in Flint schools, but I’m even more impressed now,” Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich told the high school TeenQuest students during Monday’s check presentation. — G.G.