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
Just three weeks into communications workshops in Zaatari camp, two of the groups have wrapped up filming for their short stories. We followed along as one of the girls' groups captured their story about the power of harmony and hope. The day began as Mohsin, founder of the Me/We initiative, unveiled the much anticipated film prop: a piano constructed out of recycled products. And while we can’t reveal the full story yet, the piano represents the message that each of the four groups of young girls and boys want to share: out of what may seem...MORE
Communications workshops in Za’atari continue through the Me/We initiative, and filming has begun. The girls and boys are scripting, filming and producing four short films that share stories of a positive transition in which obstacles are overcome, to reveal their hope—and ability—to change the world around them. We are always amazed by the youth in Za’atari, and their work in this project is no exception. They have shown incredible growth and progress in three short weeks as they learn how communication can help break down walls, and build a path for creative expression. Every step of...MORE
It isn’t difficult to find a story about a young refugee. In videos, articles and pictures that flood television and websites, voices around the world try to share a small glimpse into the lives of millions of Syrians displaced from their homes.
The story of lives disrupted married to the story of strength and hope, and the fight to move forward. It’s an important story that the world needs to hear—but whose voice should tell it?
In Zaatari camp in Jordan, a group of young refugees—girls and boys—are getting a chance to tell their stories, using their own voice....MORE
Every year, Mother’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the inspiration of women and the strength of family.
A celebration of family takes on different meaning for many refugees who have lost their mothers, or have had no option but to leave their families back in Syria. As Questscope staff gathered at Zaatari refugee camp to celebrate Mother’s Day, there was both joy and sadness as a group of Syrians reflected on family.
“Being a mother is the most important part about...MORE
“Can she sit by you? She would like to sing a song.”
A 10-year old girl quietly smiled as I welcomed her to sit down. Her mentor took the seat beside her and encouraged her, “Go ahead and introduce yourself.”
After we exchanged names, she shared that while she had only joined the mentoring program two weeks ago, she already loved coming here and all of the mentors.
Then she sang. She looked with fixed eyes at the wall of the caravan in front of her. She never made eye contact with me, or with anyone else sitting around her. Applause and words of reassurance from her...MORE
"We must remember that these young people carry the creative seeds of a new world they intend to build. We must ensure that our language about them, our descriptions of them, and the options we present to them do not blind us to their own potential for active good."
- Curt Rhodes, Questscope Founder & International Director
Whether the result of displacement because of war, or an extended amount of time spent out-of-school, thousands of youth in Jordan have been left on the outskirts of society. Educationally and socially, they need advocates to offer a helping hand in redirecting their course. In a project funded by the European Union, and coordinated by UNESCO, Questscope's Informal Education (IFE) program provides a stepping-stone through dialogue-based education and activities alongside positive role models. Not only does participation in this program lead to educational and vocational opportunities; it...MORE
Imagine a group of Syrian boys and girls acting out the experiences of young refugees. In silence.
This month, youth in Zaatari camp portrayed the emotions of their experiences by engaging the audience in the story of a refugee girl who found purpose through a mentor after facing neglect and isolation far away from home.
As part of Questscope’s mentoring and education programs in Zaatari, funded by the European Union and coordinated by UNESCO, this group of 10-15 year old youth worked together with their mentors to create this play and tell their story in their own...MORE