Volunteerism: A Key Component for TeenQuest

Volunteerism is an important part of TeenQuest’s pre-employment training. And for good reason.

“We learn about the value of sharing our skills and talents in ways that bring out the best in ourselves and others,” says Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education & Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

Students in the TeenQuest program have experienced these benefits, developing networks and relationships that extend beyond their service hours. According to Hunyady, some have even been hired after demonstrating responsibility, initiative and strong service skills while volunteering.

One way the program highlights volunteerism is through its partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County, a local youth mentoring organization.

The most recent TeenQuest session, which graduated Nov. 30, raised $2,200 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. In total, TeenQuest participants have raised more than $20,000 for the nonprofit over the last few years.

In recognition of TeenQuest’s continuing support, Big Brothers Big Sisters recognized TeenQuest with the For Kids’ Sake Award during the “Big Celebration: Driving the Future” event, held Nov. 18.

“They come with excitement, energy and appreciation while collecting money and pledges for our program,” says Reta Stanley, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County. “They come with that enthusiastic spirit to help us achieve our mission.”

According to Hunyady, teens don’t have to have a lot to give a lot.

“When you give of yourself, you give to yourself the gift of caring for another person, cause and community,” she says.

Looking for additional ways to get involved in Flint and Genesee County? Check out www.geneseeserves.org.

TeenQuest is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ruth Mott Foundation, Hagerman Foundation, and other generous funders.