Thanks to dedicated high school students from Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, Quest junior high and early senior high students are getting extra help with their studies! For the past few months, 14 IMSA students have been traveling to the Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) Quest program for tutoring.

“When the IMSA group first started volunteering, it was like a dream come true,” says Angela Mains, WYFS director. “It was exciting to see the Quest kids willing to relate to a new person and let him or her help them with their homework.”

Angela says the Quest kids are truly benefitting from this new partnership. “Quest students receive more help per week, and their flexibility and willingness to work with a new person increases. They are making new friends from a variety of cultures who are excellent students,” she says. “Their world expands and so do their possibilities. As they share their stories, the IMSA students encourage Quest students to dream big, and they realize those dreams can be achieved through positive attitudes and hard work.”

The tutoring sessions have had a positive effect on the IMSA students, as well. “They are challenged on a weekly basis to be consistent, to go beyond their comfort zone, to sympathize and be patient with others,” says Angela. “They are learning to be flexible and invest in others by giving of their time.”