By way of Flint & Genesee Group’s Schooling & Expertise division, we start forming relationships with a few of our residents as early as kindergarten. And as we come to the top of one other college 12 months, we’re proud to see so many former TeenQuest and YouthQuest college students have a good time commencement from highschool.
So, as the category of 2022 seems ahead to what comes subsequent – whether or not that’s faculty, a certification program, an apprenticeship or work expertise – I’d like to focus on a couple of sources accessible to them alongside the best way. The Group is dedicated to getting ready and strengthening our future workforce, and we provide helps that may assist them meet and exceed their targets.
A technique we do that is via Flint Promise, a scholarship designed for college kids who reside and graduate from a highschool positioned within the Metropolis of Flint. The scholarship permits eligible college students to attend faculty for little to no value at three excellent larger training establishments – Kettering College, Mott Group School and College of Michigan-Flint.
Moreover, this summer season, the Group is partnering with native employers via the Flintern initiative to maximise the influence of their internship packages. Internships are an effective way for college kids and younger professionals construct expertise, their resume and their skilled community. The Flintern initiative builds upon this expertise by serving to space interns make connections and be taught concerning the sources, providers and actions accessible to them domestically.
For any skilled below the age of 40, I like to recommend becoming a member of the Flint & Genesee Chamber’s Flint & Genesee Younger Professionals Committee, which gives skilled growth, service studying and networking alternatives. The group is an incredible useful resource, particularly for people beginning their skilled careers. There’s additionally Lead Now, an introspective management growth program that teaches contributors how you can create a imaginative and prescient, develop followership and obtain outcomes. Functions for the subsequent cohort are due July 1.
Lastly, we all know that Gen Z is an entrepreneurial bunch, and the Flint & Genesee Financial Alliance’s Small Enterprise Assist Desk is right here to assist them take their enterprise concepts to the subsequent stage.
An amazing instance of a teenager who has utilized most of the Group’s packages and providers is La’Asia Johnson, who participated in TeenQuest and Summer season Youth Initiative simply over a decade in the past. After launching Elle Jae Necessities, an all-natural skincare, hair care and beard care line, La’Asia labored with our Financial Alliance group to establish and safe funding alternatives and lately joined the Flint & Genesee Chamber, which helped have a good time the opening of her new storefront in Flint’s College Avenue Hall simply final week. What’s particularly thrilling is that La’Asia has joined Summer season Youth Initiative as employer, bringing her expertise with this system full circle.
At Flint & Genesee Group, we goal to strengthen the native financial system and create a spot the place folks thrive, and companies make investments and develop. The category of 2022 performs an essential function in serving to us on this work. I encourage them to benefit from these sources as they begin their careers, hopefully proper right here in Flint & Genesee. Study extra at flintandgenesee.org.
Kristina Johnston is the chief working officer of Flint & Genesee Group.