Questscope launched a youth center in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in 2013. It has grown into a hub of innovation and hope, led and directed by a core team of 50 visionary Syrian young adult staff and volunteers.
Currently underway is a new infrastructure and program expansion promoting youth development, entrepreneurship, and livelihood options in two locations. We plan to build out the infrastructure of Questscope’s thriving Za’atari Youth Center using open space adjacent to the existing center and add new core curriculum for Syrian refugees seeking to gain critical marketable skills, English language proficiency, and trauma-informed counseling.
The innovation center will provide in-depth training and support in the management skills of entrepreneurship, conducting business feasibility studies, drafting business plans, and developing pitches to launch small enterprises.
In the southern port city of Aqaba – home to mostly unregistered refugees – Questscope will create a new incubator of products and services offered by refugee entrepreneurs (e.g., tailoring, food preparation, childcare, agriculture-related enterprise, etc.).
It will contract directly with customers on behalf of refugee entrepreneurs. This essential arrangement ensures compliance with legal regulations and provides risk management for protection from exploitation.