YouthQuest is offered free of charge at all schools in the Flint Community Schools district, as well as the International Academy of Flint, and Dye and Randels elementary schools in the Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools district. The grant was announced on the heels of a federal budget proposal that would eliminate funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, which provides afterschool programs for 1.6 million children around the country. The proposed federal cuts would create a funding gap that nothing else, including philanthropy, could fill, said Mott foundation president Ridgway White.
"In communities around the country, the available 21st CCLC funding hasn't kept pace with the need for high-quality afterschool programs," said White. "Through our support for YouthQuest, we've sought to ensure that all Flint kids and families have continued access to such opportunities."