On Wednesday, Flint and Genesee County teens will volunteer with 25 local organizations (profit and non-profit) in recognition of the annual Summer Youth Initiative Volunteer Service Day; a day aimed at bringing together teens to give back to the community.

Examples of the volunteer activities include day camp support, gardening and landscaping, outdoor and indoor cleanup, organization projects, creative projects, and general office work.

Volunteers will convene early in the morning at Kearsley Park and then be deployed to their volunteer assignments where they will work from 9 a.m. until noon. A warp up celebration will follow at 12:30 that includes lunch and entertainment.

The Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) is a Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce program that helps more than 450 well-prepared teens find employment each year by providing funding to area nonprofits and for profit businesses to hire these students. Teens who are hired by SYI employers agree to participate in one day of volunteer service as a condition of their employment.

To participate in SYI, teens must graduate from TeenQuest, a five-week afterschool training program where youth ages 14-18 learn a set of skills that will help them be successful at school, work and home. Once teens have graduated from TeenQuest, they are eligible to participate in job interviews and compete for summer jobs.

For more information on the SYI, TeenQuest and the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, click here.