Flint students will have access to necessary summer and after school programs, thanks to a large grant given to Youth Quest by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

The $3 Million grant will help YouthQuest of Flint and Genesee County provide educational and physical fitness programs to more than 2,000 kids.  The best part is that the summer and after school programs will be available for free.

Families that are in the Flint School district, and Carman-Ainsworth district will be able to utilize the services for free.  International Academy of Flint, Dye, and Randels elementary will also be able to participate in the YouthQuest programs.

The grant money couldn't have come at a better time, due to a proposed cut in federal spending that would directly impact programs like YouthQuest.

Considering the struggle that we've had in Flint over the last few years, programs like YouthQuest are a necessity. Kids need the extra stimulation, and exposure to subjects that may be only touched on during class.  Letting them explore topics like nutrition, STEM, and good physical habits, only helps the kids develop into healthy adults.

You can read more about the ways that the money will be used by YouthQuest on their press release.

If you are interested in enrolling, or becoming more involved with the YouthQuest programs, you can find out more information here.