Questscope - Jordan
Putting the last, first
Founded 25 years ago, Questscope is an innovative organization that works with individuals, communities, local organizations and international partners to produce social, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities for marginalized youth.
In April 2015, Questscope officially joined the ARC family. A critical partner, Questscope has now become a subsidiary of ARC with autonomy to maintain its identity, leadership, and unique capacity to create opportunities for young people.
Strong adult influences – typically their parents – are so critically important in a child’s development. But many times, and for many reasons, vulnerable children don’t have parental figures who are present or involved in their lives. Questscope’s mentoring services make sure that every child has a champion.
Questscope has a truly astounding network of trained mentors, numbered in the thousands across countries such as Syria and Jordan. They provide the one-on-one attention that every child needs to navigate the challenges of life. And in a place like Za’atari Camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, mentoring a young person provides mentors themselves with a new sense of purpose and new hope for the future.
Questscope enables young people who’ve fallen through the cracks of formal educational systems to gain access to the alternative education opportunities and vocational training they need to get back on track.
Children or young people who are unable to complete a formal education face a far different trajectory for their future than a child who’s able to receive their diploma. Questscope works with those young people, helping them to receive an education on their own terms. They’ve developed a program young people can complete to receive a 10th grade, 11th grade or even a 12th grade diploma – and that piece of paper is critical in helping them find better jobs and build better futures.
People are made up of more than being fed, clothed, housed, educated and given some kind of political voice. There is something more to a human being that’s really not visible on the surface.
– Dr. Curt Rhodes, Questscope Founder
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