The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, has announced grants totaling nearly $4 million to the Genesee Area Focus Fund for afterschool programs benefiting local youths.
A $3.1 million grant to YouthQuest will support a comprehensive afterschool program that provides educational and enrichment opportunities to more than two thousand elementary and secondary school students enrolled in Flint Community Schools. In addition, the foundation awarded a total of $825,000 to the Summer Youth Initiative, which helps place young people in jobs at area businesses and nonprofit organizations, and TeenQuest, a youth leadership and pre-employment training program. Both programs serve students in Genesee County between the ages of 14 and 19.
"We want to see every young person in Flint and Genesee County succeed in school, work, and life," said Mott Foundation president Ridgway White. "We believe high-quality afterschool and job-training programs are essential to helping students achieve that success, which in turn helps to build the strength and stability of the community as a whole."