Qrew’s Nest is a community of teens who come together for two hours each Saturday during the school year to mentor and tutor elementary school children from Camden. For the first hour, the children are encouraged to love reading and experience fun through math games. The effort to strengthen the child’s academics is enhanced by the fact that the teen mentors form a special relationship with one child in the second hour of the program through special mentoring moments and reinforcing incentives.
Qaravana was created by Quixote Quest teens to address hunger issues - and other needs - that affect children in Camden, including children who may not have access to enough to eat over the weekend when school breakfast and lunch are not available. The program provides a reusable bag containing wholesome, non-perishable food items each Friday to children identified by families and school staff as food insecure. Qaravana also provides other supports to help meet basic needs for children in Camden. This is an ongoing service opportunity provided by Quixote Quest.
Dignity Qrew is a special age appropriate recreational program for senior citizens who are living in the memory care unit of a nursing home. A team of teens from Quixote Quest plan stimulating activities for these residents weekly to add to the quality of their lives.
KIIDS is a social inclusion recreation program with an eye on mentoring teens with Down syndrome in developing important social skills, confidence, and level of independence that will better prepare them as they move toward their transition years. This program mobilizes teens from Quixote Quest to serve as mentors to young people with Down syndrome who are between the ages of 13 through 19. The teens from QQ will use these bonds and the real friendships that are formed to guide their mentee in ways that will help them to be more independent and more included in general society.
Monkey’s House provides a loving hospice and sanctuary to homeless dogs with terminal diagnoses or hard to adopt animals with disabilities. Quixote Quest volunteers are focused on increasing the dogs’ quality of life by taking them for walks and showing them love and affection.
Pride Paws located in Medford, New Jersey provides job training and transitional employment experiences to individuals with developmental disabilities who could not independently succeed in a traditional work environment. Quixote Quest teens act as one-on-one job coaches to the participants working at Pride Paws. Teens assist participants with the cash register, greeting customers, and staying on task
Shadow Equestrian provides therapeutic riding instruction for special needs children. Through 30 minute lessons, the children are able to physically exercise, stimulate their cognitive abilities, and have special recreation designed just for them. Teens from QQ serve as “sidewalkers” who assist with this special therapy and keep the child safe during the lesson.