August Regional Update

In the past six months, Questscope has reached more than 1,000 Syrian refugees, restoring their chances for quality education and personal development, building community networks of support, and building the capacity of Syrian refugees to care for those marginalized in their own communities. The figures continue to grow.

Right now in Jordan, Questscope works with schools and community-based organizations to implement two forms of alternative education programs for refugees and youth who have dropped out of school:  Non-Formal Education (NFE) and Informal Education (...MORE

The Real Social Network: Dangers, Risks, and the Power of Relationship in Za'atari

“He was walking through the market, and another guy approached him and tried to stab him.”

The boys of Za’atari are never far from danger. By virtue of their energy, age, and current situation, they carry risk like a dangerous and unwanted burden. Small insults escalate quickly into armed assaults. Walking down the wrong street can become an accidental run-in with a rival tribe, an...MORE

Youth as Renovators - Thoughts on International Youth Day

I hate kitchen remodeling. It’s the worst.  My wife and I dove into this dangerous, dangerous world a little over a year ago when we decided to renovate the kitchen in our century old house. 
 
One of my biggest challenges in the beginning was imagining what the new kitchen could or should look like. I knew the functionality of the old was insufficient for our needs, but I couldn’t get beyond the structure and layout that I was so used to working in. 
 
To help us get outside our creative boxes and limitations, we brought in some carpenters and builders to hear...MORE

Students as Teachers - Thoughts on International Youth Day

Yesterday was International Youth Day. This is a good time to pause and appreciate young people and their contributions to this great world. In honor of today, I’d like to share a story about how I was shamed by a ninth grader.
 
When I was a student teacher I had to record myself teaching a lesson. This was part of my final college assignment and had the potential to make or break my teaching certification. Obviously, I was tense about it going well. Prior to pressing “record” I gave the class a thorough speech on the importance of making me look good. I would teach them, they...MORE

Questscope's Work Extends to the U.S.

We all need a champion.
 
A champion notices our bright moments and encourages them. Without a champion small mistakes can feel like failure and failure can begin to inform identity. For this reason, Questscope has been championing youth in the Middle East for 25 years and has now expanded its work to the United States.
 
We call champions mentors and our goal is to pair every youth in Brooklyn Park, MN with one. Yes, every youth. Admittedly, this is a large goal, but the project is already progressing. Last year, Questscope embedded the One2One mentoring program in...MORE