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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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    Salam and Mayar: A Multigenerational Success Story

    Enter the first floor of TYO’s center, and – from a quick glance at the colorful, festive classrooms and the sound of children laughing and playing – you would likely think that TYO is an early childhood education center. But as you walk up to the second, third, and fourth floors, you would discover the many generational layers that make up TYO’s work: on the second floor, a group of youth learning photography from TYO’s international interns; on the third, university students participating in employability trainings; on the fourth, mothers of the first floor children letting off steam during Zumba or sharpening their IT skills Continue reading…

    May 25th, 2015 | Read more

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    Girls and Education: Four Reasons for a Brighter Future

    Historically, and in many parts of the world, we have seen women and girls take the back seat in education. Some may wonder why this is, and the answer is long-winded, but simply put – many societies do not value the education of women and girls because they are not valued socially. Although in many societies, the tradition of keeping women and girls at home may be the dominant narrative, when given the opportunity, educating more women and girls has remarkable benefits for the local community and society as a whole. Besides a basic human right, equal education for men and women Continue reading…

    May 25th, 2015 | Read more

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    Every New Beginning Comes from Some Other Beginning’s End

    I have sat in front of my computer, writing and re-writing the first sentence to my farewell TYO blog countless times. How do I synthesize and summarize my last two months as a Zahi Khouri Fellow? How can I adequately communicate what a gift this experience has been?  What I have come to realize is that sometimes words betray the heart. Nevertheless, here goes… Merely four months ago I was casually scrolling idealist.org. I came across an announcement for a Zahi Khouri Fellowship position for Palestinian-Americans interested in working in the West Bank. I was dubious at first, but applied Continue reading…

    May 20th, 2015 | Read more

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    Youth in Focus: An Interview with Bashaer K.

    Bashaer Khdair is from Jamaeen, a neighboring village of Nablus. She is currently studying Mathematics Teaching Methods at An Najah University. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? How did you hear about TYO? My friend was a volunteer at TYO and always talked to me about her experiences with the early childhood education program. I loved what I heard about the program, and I also wanted to teach that age after graduating, so I thought it would be a great way to gain real experience in the classroom. I have to say, I was nervous at first; Continue reading…

    May 19th, 2015 | Read more