Thank you to all who helped us meet the Alfred Bersted Challenge match with $31,625 by June 30! Thanks to generous donations, the foundation will award $25,000 to the Quest program at Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS), improving outcomes for at-risk students and making a positive impact on local youth.

Chris, an eighth-grade program participant, says Quest is the best part of his day. “My grades have really improved and I can have fun here,” he says. “The staff and volunteers really care about me and help me reach my goals.”

The lives of students like Chris are enriched daily – academically, socially and relationally – as the Quest program makes a lasting, positive impact on them, improving the trajectories of their future. In addition to the 78 students who participated in the Superb Student Program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC) last year, Quest engaged 71 students last year and 91% of these students maintained or improved their overall GPA.

The Alfred Bersted Foundation, established in 1972, supports and promotes quality educational, human services and health care programming for underserved people in DuPage, DeKalb, Kane and McHenry Counties in Illinois. The foundation selected Outreach because of the proven effectiveness of its programs. Our youth development programs provide a structured and safe environment for junior high and early senior high after school and during the summer, where at-risk students engage in homework assistance, one-on-one tutoring, life skills training, recreation and community service projects.