Arizona Quest for Kids (Phoenix, AZ)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Dana Carroll
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Arizona Quest for Kids
  • Address:1430 E. Missouri Ave., B205
    Phoenix, AZ 85014
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:602-636-1860
  • Main fax:602-636-1857

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General

  • Mission:
  • Arizona Quest for Kids (Quest) prepares students, who may otherwise not have the opportunity, for success in higher education through mentoring, enrichment, and college guidance. Our vision is to create a culture where students embrace and achieve higher education, empowering them to become engaged members of their communities. Quest is an advocate of higher education, a resource for parents and students to navigate the school system, and a resource for students to ensure they have the necessary support to transition successfully from elementary and middle school to high school and from high school to post-secondary education. The purpose of our mission is to create a pipeline of college ready students who will graduate with a degree within six years of graduating from high school.

    Our program goals encompass four areas that are fundamental to creating a successful path to college admittance and graduation and a professional career. This path of success is developed through the following goals:

    1. Help youth develop meaningful relationships with caring role models through mentoring.
    2. Broaden the life experience of youth and their families through enrichment activities.
    3. Ensure, through intensive college guidance, that youth are eligible to apply for admission to the college/university of their choice in Arizona, and that youth have the ability to seek out financial support to fund their college education.
    4. Provide youth’s parents with the knowledge and skills to best help their children in their quest for a college education.

    Quest brings mentors, students and families together to break the cycle of poverty. Quest strives to ensure that our youth are academically, personally, and emotionally prepared to not only graduate from high school but to excel in post-secondary education and beyond.

  • History:
  • Founded in 2000, Quest began as a mentoring and scholarship program at Madison Middle School. The program’s founder, David Highmark, aimed to replicate a program for children in grades 5 through 12 that he had experienced in Florida and which he believed could impact Arizona’s large high school drop-out rate and low college-going rates. Highmark saw the need that existed in Arizona, and continues to exist, for greater support and college preparation for young people. He quickly solicited start-up funds and reached out to a local school.
    Quest quickly became a nonprofit corporation with a board of directors, a staff, and an ambitious and comprehensive set of programs. Quest currently serves 438 students in 14 Elementary/Middle schools and over 30 high schools Maricopa County, and 31 college students in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Maine. Of our high school graduates, the first cohort of seven students graduated with an average cumulative GPA of 3.8, the second cohort of seven students graduated with an average cumulative GPA of 3.6, the third cohort of 15 students graduated with an average cumulative GPA of 3.6, and the fourth cohort of 35 students graduated with an average cumulative GPA of 3.5.
    Arizona's high school graduation rate hovers at 81%. Quest's high school graduation rate excels at 100%. Nationally, for every 100 students who enter 9th grade, 68 will graduate from high school within 4 years, 39 will directly enter college, 26 will still be enrolled after their sophomore year of college, and only 18 will complete an associate’s degree within 3 years or a bachelor’s degree within 6 years. The rates for minorities are even lower. In comparison, of our first four cohorts, 100% graduated from high school in four years, 89% entered college directly after high school, and 90% enrolled in college within one year of graduating from high school.

  • Year established:2000
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:7

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • David Highmark (Chairman), David Bernstein, Robert Donofrio, Leonard Landsbaum, David Lueth, Rocco Mandala, Jim McDonald, Jennifer Steele, Brooke Todare

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Dana Carroll, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Rosa Acevedo, Director of Programs
    Arisia Lee, Elementary/Middle School Program Manager
    John Grijalva, Elementary/Middle School Program Manager
    Johanna Cavaliere, Mentor Program Manager
    Julia Cannon, High School Program Manager
    Stacy Richter, Program Administrator

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:86-0989377

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