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Intern journal: When the students become teachers…

Teaching is a humbling experience, but humility need not mean feeling defeat – rather, it is awareness that my role as a teacher and even my lesson plans provide only the foundation for all the growth and excitement that can take place in a classroom. Indeed, the moments I most treasure from working with my kids this summer are the ones in which my role as a teacher is minimal – the moments in which I feel a surge of pride to see them reach out to help, teach, and support each other. In my Explorers class, we were presenting Continue reading…

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A Conversation over Tea

“She returns from school in hurry, puts her bag aside, asks for a small snack and runs out the door and saying, ‘I am TYO!’” Sundos’ father said, explaining his daughter’s behavior since enjoying Tomorrow’s Youth Organization. Sundos’ mom added that they used to spoil Sundos. She described the way Sundos used to cry about everything, isolate herself from her peers and never display interest or enthusiasm. “After my older daughter’s death in a car accident, my husband and I became very protective. We were scared to let our kids go anywhere alone—even to school,” her mother explained. “When TYO Continue reading…

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2009 Fall Internship Program Launched!

TYO published its 2009 Fall Internship Program this week. We are recruiting highly qualified and motivated interns with experience in international travel and teaching to work at our flagship center in Nablus (West Bank, Palestine) this summer (late September – mid December). Interns will cooperate with TYO staff before their arrival in Nablus to develop a variety of activities for children, youth, and adults from the Nablus community. These may include: afterschool workshops for sport/drama/journalism or other activities for children and youth, evening English classes, and weekend recreational activities. Upon arrival, interns will work full-time leading the programs they developed, supporting other interns Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: Small Steps, Positive Change

After reading Chelsey’s blog entry yesterday, I wondered about my own effectiveness but was given an early morning example of the effectiveness of TYO’s unique approach to education. As usual, I had a few early arrivals for my 10:30 a.m. sports class and I realized that my classroom equipment was not in proper order. Knowing the boys would be coming soon, I asked one of the early boys, ten-year-old Mo’min, and his eleven-year-old big brother to help organize the tangled jump ropes, hula hoops, balls and cones. I started the task with them and then I realized that I had Continue reading…

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The Wall and Efficacy

Last Saturday, I met with a few friends in the Old City for brunch.  Hopped up on Arabic coffee and delicious salads, we shared our respective lives.  They were interning at a research NGO in Haifa for the summer and I have lived in Nablus now for over a year.  The conversation slipped in and out of lessons past, stories told, politics and love both revisited, and work—typical brunch talk for a group of women in their mid to late twenties.  Mostly, the conversation revolved around how the latter influences the former in a constant juggling act of our personal Continue reading…

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Intern Kelsey’s Art Class Sings!

Check out this new video on TYO’s Youtube page singing a Nablusi song while making paper mâché! Related posts:Photos! Photos! Photos!Photo of the Day: Literacy TrainingPhoto of the Day

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A Day in Khalil

Living in Nablus, I find that my day almost always evolves in ways that I would never even imagine when I wake up in the morning. Such was definitely the case with today’s outing to Hebron, or Khalil, a large city in the southern West Bank, named for Abraham, ‘the friend,’ who’s said to be buried there. I headed south with two colleagues this morning to visit the Palestinian Industrial Fair. Ahmed (the wonderful director of the Small Enterprise Center, our likely partner for a project with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women) had kindly invited me to nominate a Continue reading…

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New Van helps TYO to unite Nablus

A generous donation from a philanthropist in Cairo funded the purchase of a new 19-passenger van for the Tomorrow’s Youth Organization center in Nablus! The van means a lot to TYO’s entire community, because they come to TYO from all over the city of Nablus and its refugee camps. As a result of poverty, minimal public transportation infrastructure, and the safety risks of moving around the city, most Nabulsis with whom we work have never ventured beyond their immediate neighborhoods. Further, the large population of the three refugee camps within the city limits (about 1/3 of Nablus’s 120,000 people) is Continue reading…

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GoodSearch? Good times!

Need to look up something? Maybe find a website? Before you run to your go-to search engine, try GoodSearch, a search engine that donates to a non-profit each time you click “Search.” There’s also GoodShop, with links to Amazon, iTunes, eBay and many of your other favorite online shopping outlets! As much as 10% of your purchase will be donated to an organization of your choosing! Support TYO on GoodSearch by signing up to give any donations to Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (McLean, VA). We’ve already raised $13 sitting in our offices! Thanks! Related posts:The Women’s Group Spring 2012 Session Wraps Continue reading…

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Kunafa Festival

All of Nablus and the West Bank had been abuzz with excitement for weeks prior to the event: the preparation and unveiling of the world’s largest kunafa! Kunafa is a deliciously sweet cheese-based dessert, popular all over the Arab world but an acknowledged specialty of Nablus. The TYO staff and interns can’t get enough of it, and with our sweet teeth leading the way, Saturday morning Shahla and I joined the thousands of visitors from the cities and villages of the West Bank and even Israel to pay witness to this overgrown dessert. Since we could not get close enough Continue reading…