Questscope has worked for over thirty years in youth empowerment, implementing role-based mentoring programs designed to support vulnerable youth.
Youth vulnerable to exclusion, alienation, isolation, and exploitation can become anti-social and violent risk- takers. These outcomes ensue from a lack of belonging to communities in which adults build supportive relationships to safeguard them, help them successfully navigate an indifferent/hostile educational system, and ensure that the juvenile justice system provides fair and equitable responses to their issues.
Questscopes Mentoring Program targets at-risk youth and aims to develop pro-social behavior, support positive adult-youth relationships, and increase youths’ engagement in their communities. It empowers youth – who were previously at-risk of moving towards the role of delinquent – to become contributors, problem-solvers, and decision-makers.
Through allowing youth to develop relationships with adults in their own way, as well as reconstructing the ecosystem around each child, young people are better equipped to make positive choices and be productive members of their communities, with outcomes including reduced recidivism to violent or criminal behavior.