At Potter Elementary, students in the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) gave back to their fellow students by helping pack bags with food provided by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. This is part of the Food Bank’s School Pantry Program, which aims to help alleviate child hunger and help students focus on succeeding in school. Through this program, YouthQuest students learn about the importance of giving back to their community and supporting each other.
YouthQuest students at Brownell STEM Academy learned about key STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) concepts with YouthQuest vendor Einstein by Design. Projects focused on electricity and engineering. Not only did students have the chance to fly a drone, they also learned about electric current by creating a piano using wires connected to bananas.
In Cooking Club at Neithercut Elementary, students focused on learning about macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. They were taught what foods contain which macronutrients and how to balance their intake. This lesson combined with other health tips, allowed students to learn what foods they may need to eat more of.
Students at Southwestern Classical Academy took on leadership roles outside of YouthQuest. Several YouthQuest students participated in Student Senate SW, an extracurricular program offered one a week by Southwestern Classical Academy. Students in the club learned about government and leadership and met with Flint Community Schools board members and the superintendent. Students who have participated in Student Senate SW have demonstrated leadership skills while at YouthQuest by stepping up to lead club and other activities and providing support to other YouthQuest students.
YouthQuest is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.