Music in Zaatari: Building Community, Creating Opportunity

"The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed because people are changed by art—enriched, ennobled, encouraged—they then act in a way that may affect the course of events, by the way they vote, the way they behave, the way they think."

- Leonard Bernstein


UNOCHA report on Questscope mentoring program in Zaatari

In partnership with UNOCHA, Questcope recently completed a pilot mentoring program for youth at risk of violent behavior in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. UNOCHA recently reported on the program in the July update for the Syria Emergency Response Fund. The full report is available here


Update from One2One

In 2012 Questscope launched One2One, its first mentoring program in the United States. One2One adapted Questscope’s time-tested model to fit within North View Junior High (NVJH) in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Since then, the program has tripled in size. Nearly 85 students were connected with mentoring relationships with trusted adults from a local community college during the 2013/14 school year.

Embedded into NVJH, One2One guides mentors and students along a social-emotional learning curriculum and seeks to help students improve their attendance, behavior and grades while instilling...MORE

A Better Future: Trading Violence for Community

Sufia stole from her classmates in school. Amer led a gang of boys in throwing stones at passing cars. Hani was caught spray-painting caravans.

Like Sufia, Amer and Hani, many young Syrian refugees living in Zaatari Camp have resorted to anti-social behavior in the face of frustration and boredom. Knowing this, Questscope reached out several months ago to youth in the camp to...MORE

A hopeful message amidst the noise of despair

Everyday, we are exposed to images of war and hear stories of escalating violence in the Middle East. But at a time when the stories and images point to a situation that is getting worse, we have a different message:

Things are also getting better.

Over half of school-aged Syrian refugees living in Jordan do not have...MORE

Syrian case managers participate in training in Ajloun, Jordan

"This relaxing site helped us to see Zaatari camp in a positive way. It helped us see the bright side of things.” Syrian case managers from Zaatari camp recently traveled with Questscope staff to Ajloun forest in northern Jordan for team building and training that focused on counseling, family guidance and psychological first aid. . Surrounded by a forest of green, fresh air and peaceful quiet, the setting provided a welcomed departure from the barren...MORE

#MeWeSyria: Films debut in Zaatari

Applause and cheers erupted as the screen faded to black. The fanfare was well deserved: over the past four weeks, 20 young refugees produced four films each with a different storyline—but with the same powerful message of strength. Inside Zaatari, a caravan was transformed into a cinema for the debut of their films and a celebration of their hard work, talent, and their bravery to use their voices to break down walls and build hope.

"Everything is from their hands, and from their hearts," said Mohsin, founder of the Me/We initiative, during the event. "This project is about...MORE

Bridging the Gap

A group of 17 boys—the youngest 10, and the oldest 14—gather their chairs around three tables. They sit in a classroom and although they are not in school, most of them did attend school when they were home in Syria.

Now in Jordan, education seems like a fleeting dream. One by one, each boy stands up and shares why he is not attending school.

“I don’t have my papers from...MORE

World Refugee Day

Tomorrow is World Refugee Day: a day set-aside as a call to action to respond to the needs of those displaced from home, including over 2.5 million Syrian refugees. Awareness is important—crucial even—in the presence of a crisis.

But if we are going to bring awareness to anything on World Refugee Day, attention should be drawn not to a story of refugees full of despair, but one of people—full of determination, resilience and hope. The best story is told directly by Syrian youth that are part of the Questscope family, and represent the strength and future of millions more....MORE

Curt Rhodes talks to "Philanthropy Age" about social enterprise in the Middle East

Social enterprise is an evolving concept that is very familiar to our founder and international director, Curt Rhodes. In 1988, he founded Questscope and navigated through the challenges of social entrepreneurship to transform a small start-up NGO into an organization that has impacted over 200,000 disadvantaged and out-of-school youth since 2002. Curt recently talked about how social enterprise is changing—and how social entrepreneurs must adapt to succeed—in the most recent issue of Philanthropy Age. Read the full article...MORE