The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced a $3.1 million grant to the Genesee Area Focus Fund, a supporting organization of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, to continue the YouthQuest afterschool program.
The grant, which boosts the Flint-based foundation's total support for the program to $24 million, will enable fourteen schools in Genesee County to provide free, out-of-school activities and services to local students during the upcoming school year. In 2010, the program served more than 2,800 elementary and middle school students.
Among other things, YouthQuest helps link in-school and out-of-school learning by enhancing the students' academic skills while developing their interests in the arts, health, fitness and nutrition, and volunteering and community service. The program also integrates other education and development services to help participants build such critical skills as teamwork and leadership.
"YouthQuest provides a valuable service to the community," said Rhetta Hunyady, vice president of operations and employer education and training at the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. "In addition to [supporting] academic and enrichment activities, the program keeps kids safe, helps working families, and inspires success among youth. We're thrilled that enrollment continues to grow and are hearing directly from students and their parents about how YouthQuest is positively impacting their lives."