Summer Youth Initiative participants help beautify Flint’s neighborhoods

Summer Youth Initiative participants help beautify Flint’s neighborhoods

While many teenagers are enjoying the final weeks of their summer break,  some of Vehicle City’s youth will spend July 31 making Flint a little more vibrant for everyone.

As part of the 2019 Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) Volunteer Service Day, nearly 400 Genesee County teens will conduct cleanup and beautification projects in five local neighborhoods and at the site of the former James Lumber in Flint. The latter property will soon become a new facilities ground for the Genesee County Land Bank. Projects include cutting grass, raking/bagging clippings, disposing of debris and graffiti removal.

Summer Youth Initiative participants beautify Flint’s neighborhoods through an innovative program that is helping youth gain experience in group projects, communication and leadership. Photo courtesy of  Flint & Genesee Chamber/TeenQuest

This beautification project will include focus on the following locations:

  • 2402 Fenton Road (Former James Lumber property)
  • Burgess Street, near Sonny Avenue
  • Tilden Street and Industrial Avenue
  • West Holbrook Avenue and Chestnut Street
  • Eastlawn Drive between West Dartmouth Street and Lawndale Avenue
  • West Rankin Street, between Forest Hill Avenue and Lawndale Avenue

This is the sixth year the summer program has partnered with the City of Flint and the Genesee County Land Bank for what has become one of the largest cleanup efforts in the city. It gives the teens—who have been working for a variety of local employers this summer—the opportunity to make a positive impact in their community.

Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) helps coordinate the summer employment of Genesee County teens who have completed TeenQuest, a pre-employment and leadership training program. Both TeenQuest and SYI are made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ruth Mott Foundation, Hagerman Foundation, and other supportive funders. For more information, click here.






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