It’s graduation day for some local Genesee County students.
According to the Flint & Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, 150 high school students will graduate from TeenQuest, which is a training program managed by the Chamber.
TeenQuest is a leadership and pre-employment training program that prepares teens, ages 14-19, for the workplace by teaching them about soft skills, interview techniques, and financial literacy.
The graduation will take place today from 6pm to 7:45pm at the Swartz Creek Performing Arts Center. James Washington, TeenQuest Facilitator, will provide opening remarks, followed by student speeches and the graduation ceremony.
As graduates of the TeenQuest program, the students will be invited to attend a private job fair next summer with employers participating in the Summer Youth Initiative. SYI helps fund and coordinate the employment of TeenQuest graduates at both non-profit and for-profit organizations during the summer.
TeenQuest is a free, after-school pre-employment and leadership training program. Teens 14-19 years old, currently in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply. This five-week, after-school program is designed to give students a basic understanding of skills that are required within the workforce.
Training covers 12 core employment competencies that every employer looks for in an employee: interview, business etiquette, application/résumé preparation, communication, workplace ethics, character development, positive mental attitude, managing change, taking initiative, conflict resolution, teamwork and setting goals.
For more information about how to get involved with TeenQuest, visit www.flintandgenesee.org/learn/teenquest.