One2One Update

For the last four months, 61 mentors and students have been busy building trust with each other and participating in One2One's social and emotional learning curriculum. Week after week, mentors have flooded North View Junior High in Brooklyn Park, MN, and transformed our classrooms into an individualized learning experience for each student. During the program mentors help students develop their ability to regulate anger, problem-solve, manage their time, and build social skills.
 
The mentoring relationships are also having a significant impact on the mentors. One of our...MORE

A Story of Hope

Tucked away in a city of tents and caravans near Jordan's northern border, a group of Syrian refugees live within a dual reality.
 
On one hand, destruction and loss. War has resulted in an abrupt transition from 'have' to 'have not.' They came to Zaatari camp leaving everything behind. A harsh reality.
 
On the other hand, stability and hope. Connected with Questscope's mentoring program, funded by the European Union and coordinated by UNESCO, they rediscovered a purpose and found a voice again. A hopeful reality.
 
In December, as the Questscope team...MORE

Putting the Last, First.

Sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time.
 
Never would I have imagined that living through a war in Lebanon 32 years ago would fit that category.  Out of that crisis, Questscope was born. 
 
In reflecting about this past year, it is impossible not to consider where it all started: a commitment to engage disadvantaged youth living on the edge of civil conflict. They were the last, but mattered the most to me.
 
Over the years, Questscope has been deeply engaged in the lives of young people. Relationships of stability in places of...MORE

Mentor Training

As the temperature climbed near 90°F inside the training tent, new mentors tentatively introduced themselves. Amidst thick dust and lingering flies, Ashraf, a Questscope Project Manager, asked the volunteers to describe their favorite activities.
 
After some nervous laughter and a bit of coaxing, each person sitting in the room shared a small piece of themselves with the group. Bit by bit the fog of anonymity cleared. 
 
Over three days, a beautiful picture formed. The rag-tag group of mothers, university students, farmers, hairdressers, engineers, and women and...MORE

Reflections on Zaatri

By Jamie Resler
 
Approaching Zaatari camp in Jordan for the first time, I looked ahead to a sea of white. Thousands of tents and caravans now ‘home’ for more than 100,000 refugees, holding inside it stories of loss, terror, fear and strength hard to comprehend.
 
We passed through the main gate and slowly made our way through streets congested with hundreds of people and makeshift shops. Eventually, we arrived at Questscope’s site and were warmly greeted by refugees – now connected to Questscope as mentors, educators and case managers. 
 
After...MORE

Keys to Change

“We have the key,” Rabia said, “And no other organization here would do that.”
 
Trust is a scarce resource in Zaatari camp. When Questscope began its work more than eight months ago, many thought we were crazy for entrusting the keys of our classrooms to volunteers, who are all residents of the camp. We were told that our things would be stolen and that no one would agree on ownership of the key. We were breaking the mold.
 
Questscope trusts its volunteers in Zaatari because they are the experts of their world. The compound is...MORE

One2One Mentoring Kick-Off

What do you get when you combine 60 junior high students, 60 community college students, a few teachers, and a gym? A little bit of chaos, a lot to clean up, and the slow, subtle formation of friendships. 
 
Over the course of the last three weeks, One2One staff has guided students and mentors through the first part of the mentoring year: the matching process. Students and mentors participated in team challenges, toilet paper mummy contests, and rapid fire questions, all while mentors systematically rotated between students in what has been affectionately labeled as “mentor...MORE

A Life of Displacement

Ali’s mom has run out of medicine. I sat on the tile floor of their apartment as she showed me three different prescriptions. “You can read this one, I’m sure. It’s in your language.” It’s heart medication. Her older son Waleed shook his head, adding, “No one seems to have any of these here. What are we supposed to do?”
 
A month ago Ali, Waleed and their ailing mother still lived in Za’atari Camp, in a collapsing tent close to a medical supply center staffed by Saudi Arabian doctors. Over the eight months they spent in Za’atari, any stability...MORE

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

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