One month ago, Questscope hosted a music residency program in the Za'atari refugee camp in partnership with Music for Life International. The three-day residency program brought together Syrian mentors, youth, members of the Za'atari security directorate and elders from the community, who together enjoyed performances led by the "Za'atari String Quartet" - four distinguished musicians from around the world. Music education courses were also held after each performance, creating space for young Syrian refugees to explore creative expression and the power of music to heal and build...MORE
Approximately 98 percent of children in the United States stood on the curbside waiting for the school bus this year.
There’s the five-year-old girl starting kindergarten. She takes that first step onto the bus, with dreams of becoming a teacher. Her future holds endless opportunity.
There’s the mother that watches her. As her daughter takes that first step onto the bus, she beams with pride thinking of her future. What will she learn? Who will she become?
Four years ago, mothers and...MORE
“I want to go back to my home, my games and to my bed.”
The words of Nabil, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee, tell the story of a life abruptly interrupted.
Nabil fled his home with his mother, father and four siblings three years after the outbreak of conflict in Syria. His eyes fixed on the past and feet planted in the emptiness of the present—it seemed impossible for him to walk forward.
Whatever hope he might have felt upon escaping their war-torn homeland was quickly crushed upon arriving in Jordan’s Zaatari camp. The bed Nabil used to sleep on in his home...MORE
"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
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
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
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
"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
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