The Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) Quest youth program was invited to join Warrenville’s annual Independence Day parade, which took place on July 3 as part of the city’s Fourth of July celebration. Quest walked with the Warrenville Fire Protection District as part of the Hot Shots program, an ongoing partnership between the fire department and WYFS. The students have been invited to this activity for several years.

Leslee Cremer, WYFS youth services director, said the students waved flags and patriotic signs they made in summer Quest’s art club. “The students are proud to be in the parade with the fire department,” she said. “Their family and friends call and wave from the crowd as they march.” After the parade, students were able to enjoy the community’s festival at Cerny Park where they partook in hula hoop contests, sack races and karaoke.

Quest provides a structured and safe environment for junior high and early senior high youth who are at risk. Meeting after school and during the summer, Quest includes academic coaching, life skills training, recreation and community service projects. The summer Quest program is currently serving 40 Warrenville youth, meeting Monday-Friday from 10 am-4 pm. Enrolled students are enjoying a summer filled with team building, STEM education, life skills, nutrition, community service and field trips into the community.