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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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    Growing By Leaps and Bounds

    On the last day of class, I instructed my students to not only stand in a circle, but literally tie themselves together using a piece of light blue yarn. The yarn was short and didn’t quite reach all the way around all twelve of us while still leaving room between my students. Therefore, as each student wound the yarn through a button hole on their jacket or a shoelace, we were forced to renegotiate the distance and come closer together. This was, in part, my intent—a metaphor of sorts to signify our last eight weeks together. We started out strangers Continue reading…

    September 27th, 2016 | Read more

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    When an Opportunity Presents Itself: The Success Story of Haneen Zitawi

    Haneen Zitawi is from Jamma’in, a village outside of Nablus. She attended Al-Quds Open University and graduated in 2014 with a degree in English Teaching Methods. She learned of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization when she saw an ad on Facebook published by Al Quds Open University advertising volunteer opportunities working with children. Haneen plans to be a teacher in the future and wanted to know how to deal with students and children and learn how to solve problems in the classroom. Volunteering at TYO was a good opportunity to gain experience with children, so she went to the university and filled Continue reading…

    September 26th, 2016 | Read more

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    A Change For the Better

    As one of the final assignments I gave to my elementary EFL class this session, I tasked my students with writing a poem in the form of a letter to one person who changed their life in some way. The only parameter to the assignment was that it outline the impact that this individual had  made on their life trajectory— that is, that they clearly describe themselves both before and after the change had been made. This session, I was blessed with a group of students that was imaginative, creative, and idealistic. Because of this, the assignment came easily to Continue reading…

    September 22nd, 2016 | Read more

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    9 Weeks is a Short Time

    9 weeks is a short time, and every successive week of this fellowship felt as if it went faster than the last. First and foremost, I am grateful to have been given the time and resources to live in and explore Palestine and the myriad issues facing its people with patience and tact. There is no doubt in my mind that I have just scraped the surface, but, again, 9 weeks is a short time. The frustrating aspect of leaving Nablus and TYO is the feeling that there are so many loose ends left behind. One of the most rewarding Continue reading…

    September 20th, 2016 | Read more