About Quest

From its beginning more than 20 years ago, Quest has worked to respond to the needs of the community by addressing the academic, cultural and social needs of the region's underserved and/or low-income boys and girls. Today, Quest serves middle school and high school youth by offering year-round programming in support of the following goals and priorities:

  • Address causes of school failure among girls and boys at an early age
  • Decrease attrition rates for youth from economically disadvantaged and/or underserved populations
  • Provide an "incentive alternative" to drug abuse, gang involvement and teen pregnancy
  • Foster family involvement in education
  • Enable girls and boys to broaden their awareness of career options and professional choices
  • Prepare students for success in high school
  • Prepare students for success in college
  • Strengthen participants' academic performance in written/oral communication, math, and critical thinking
  • Provide participants with opportunities for career exploration and professional development training
  • Inform participants and their families of financial aid and college application requirements
  • Facilitate a 100% participant college entrance rate.

Quest achieves these goals by providing quality programming and placing a premium on family involvement and support. To participate in Quest is to be part of a community that values academic excellence and leadership and nurtures pride in student achievements. Quest not only encourages girls and boys to set ambitious goals, it builds a community of pride among students, their families, and other caring adults. Our greatest success is this: 100% of the students who have graduated from the Quest program have gone on to further education.


During the school year, students take part in the Saturday Success program of academic enrichment activities.

The summer program for middle school students includes both fine arts and academic programming. The summer program for high school students affords participants the opportunity to take college level courses. Students can earn 7-13 college credits before they actually enter college.

In addition, the program works to develop parent and family involvement through family orientation nights, family celebration events and evaluation meetings.


A program of Holyoke Community College, Quest is located on the college's beautiful 135 acre campus on Homestead Avenue in Holyoke.

To Apply

New students are accepted into the program in the spring of each year. Applicants must be in fifth or sixth grade and must be recommended by their school. All students must be performing at or above grade level, show an interest and willingness to learn, and receive positive behavior marks from their teachers.


Dee Ward, Quest Program Director
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 552-2847


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000