QuEST is a program sponsored by the University Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Located in Seattle, Washington, QuEST seeks to build a peaceful, just, sustainable world by empowering young adults, called QuEST Fellows, to act as agents of social change and social service during their year with QuEST and throughout their lives. The program provides Quaker and non-Quaker young adults with: quality, year-long positions at local social change and social service organizations that can benefit from a QuEST Fellow's service; supplemental training to empower individuals in their work for social change and social service; and an intentional, residential community where Fellows can receive support, practice community-building skills, and live simply. In addition, we partner with Catholic Volunteer Network to offer AmeriCorps membership and education awards to some QuEST Fellows.
Through QuEST, individuals commit themselves to a year of full-time service for social justice. For some QuEST Fellows, this service is a valuable way to gain experience for future careers in the peace and justice field. For others, it is a way to explore the connection between spirituality and action. For everyone, it is a chance to spend a year growing individuallly and making a positive difference in the community.