Questscope’s mentorship program matches a caring adult with an at-risk child or young person, designed with the simple belief that every child deserves an adult who believes in them, no matter what. We developed one of the largest civic engagement programs in Jordan, training thousands of student volunteers from Jordanian universities to mentor other thousands of young people at risk of juvenile delinquency. In the Za’atari Refugee Camp, Questscope has mentored 3,000 at-risk youth and created a thriving Youth Center, completely led and directed by Syrian refugees.
Questscope created an alternative learning program (Non-Formal Education) in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Education that enables youth who left school to continue their education to the compulsory 10th grade level and continue on to vocational training or re-enroll in the formal education system. This program combines a safe environment designed for young people who have been through traumatic experiences with a curriculum that encourages youth leadership and critical thinking. It helps them restore normalcy in their lives and develop future goals.
Unprecedented numbers of Syrian newcomers/refugees have put incredible stresses on hosts and newcomers alike. But we also have incredible opportunities for supporting Syrian newcomers – 300 of whom were staff or friends in Syria and Jordan – and channeling their tremendous energy into positive action. We're creating a first-of-its-kind Syrian newcomer-led organization designed to help Syrians identify and encourage leaders in their new communities in Germany.
An important growth area for Questscope is refugee mental health, as there are few resources to assist the 65 million displaced persons in the world, most of whom have suffered great loss and have witnessed unspeakable horror. We’re developing social technologies for people to experience healing inside themselves and to accompany others in their healing.
In the current crisis inside Syria, Questcope supports over two million people who have been made homeless (internally displaced) by this conflict. Through our partner, The Syrian Society for Social Development (SSSD), a network of 4,000 staff and volunteers supply food, medicine, water/sanitation, and shelter in 100 locations across Syria. They also provide psychosocial counseling, protection care for the most vulnerable, and education for out-of-school children. Questscope and SSSD have been partners since 2009.