Initiated by former Mott Community College President, Richard Shaink, a work-group of community organizations was formed to bring awareness to the basic skills crisis in the Flint area. With major support from the City of Flint, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the United Way of Genesee County, Mott Community College agreed to serve as the “backbone organization” for the Network.
The Flint Genesee Literacy Network currently consists of a variety of community stakeholder organizations, and has launched an ongoing collaboration to align and improve literacy resources and services in Flint and Genesee County. At the onset, much of the Network’s efforts are focused in the development of a comprehensive Community Literacy Plan for Flint and Genesee County as well as a governance design for the Network going forward.
The central idea of the Network is that solving the basic skills challenges requires new approaches to improving basic skills. In line with the strategic components of the recently adopted City of Flint Master Plan, the Network is committed to building on the strengths of community organizations, as well as ensuring that individuals needing to improve their literacy skills have access to sufficient and appropriate information.