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Our Mission: TYO is an American, non-governmental organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members. Read more

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    Homeward Bound; Yalla Bye!

    My students once asked me, “Why do American children always leave their families at 18? Do they not care about their families?”  While speaking in a second language does lend itself to bluntness, I could see why my class wondered this about my culture.  After all, they were speaking to a North American who had uprooted her life to move to Palestine.  Being a beginner class, I struggled through an answer that did justice to the complexity of the question while using simple and, hopefully, understandable vocabulary. In Palestine, family bonds are ultimate.  For me personally, while family bonds are Continue reading…

    June 23rd, 2016 | Read more

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    Interview with Sonia Abu Ayyesh

    Can you tell me about any changes you have seen in your daughter Malak since she joined TYO’s Core program? How were they before, during, and after? Malak has had the pleasure of participating in two Core Early Childhood Program sessions. Before joining TYO, she was very shy, would run away from strangers, and refused to talk to anyone who was not in our immediate family. She was afraid of most people and if someone came to our door, she would run and hide. She was also very sensitive—simple questions would make her run away and cry. Now she loves Continue reading…

    June 20th, 2016 | Read more

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    So Long and Thanks for All the Hummus!

    When I decided to come to TYO, it wasn’t an easy decision. Not because the organization didn’t interest me—far from it. But rather because the position of teacher in a classroom, especially a classroom of my peers, is not something I’ve ever aspired to. In fact, the idea of it has always been intimidating, if not terrifying. I’m not someone who enjoys standing in front of a crowd, no matter how small. I’ve taught children, and worked in the education sector, but these are a far cry from teaching college students and graduates. So it was not an easy decision Continue reading…

    June 16th, 2016 | Read more

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    Making Our List, Checking It Twice

    TYO’s work is incredibly rewarding. When we are in session, approximately 500 people walk through our doors every day ready to make a positive impact on themselves or the people we work alongside. One of the most rewarding elements of our work is when we see real improvement and benefit to our beneficiaries every day lives. When one of our APWE micro-enterprise entrepreneurs increases their profit, or a STEP! II student exhibits a firmer grasp on the English language, or simply when a Core Child Program participant takes a homemade card home to his or her mother we know we are doing Continue reading…

    June 12th, 2016 | Read more