Archive

Monthly Archives: July 2010

TYO_TEST

How To: Bee Craft

Everyday in my Arts & Crafts classes, I read a book to my children and then we do a craft based off some aspect of the story. This past Tuesday, I read The Big Honey Hunt — the first book written by Stan and Jan Berenstain in their very popular children’s book series about the Berenstain Bears. In the story, Papa Bear tries to show Small Bear that the best way to get honey is not to buy it from a store, but to go on a honey hunt! Hilarity ensues as Papa Bear and Small Bear fail to find Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe vists TYO Nablus

On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy visited the TYO Center in Nablus with TYO Founder and President Hani Masri. Their time in Nablus included a tour of the TYO Center, Nablus’s Old City, An-Najah National University, Balata Refugee Camp, and the Samaritan village above Nablus. The day’s discussions included the experiences and aspirations of the young Palestinian women and young Americans working at TYO. Several  participants in TYO’s women entrepreneurship project shared their business plans with Terry. TYO’s American staff and volunteers, including Terry’s son Jack, who was Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Fall 2010 Internship Application – Available Now!

We are recruiting highly qualified and motivated interns interested in community development, early childhood and youth programming, and conflict resolution to work at our flagship center in Nablus (West Bank, Palestine) for our Fall programs (October – December). Interns will create fall programs for children, youth and adults from refugee camps and other marginalized areas of the Nablus community. Each intern will develop and implement their own creative curriculum(s) through the fall, documenting development growth/gains in their class and in their participants, as well as informally acting as a liaison between TYO and the local community. Read more about the Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

TYO Core Program Celebrates Mid-Summer with an Open Day

The cheers and laughter could be heard throughout the neighborhood last Wednesday when more than 100 children took part in an Open Day at the TYO center. That day, TYO Core Program kids took a break from their normal classes to play games, create art, and watch a clown performance. Each semester, TYO schedules “open days” both as a treat for the kids and as a way to introduce TYO to other Nablus community groups. This time, 30 children from AMRA organization, an NGO specializing in IT training in Nablus, joined in the fun. In this way, open days are Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Triple Exposure mural in the city!

Triple Exposure mural students are in the midst of work on our THIRD mural! This mosaic mural will be in the heart of the city — visit the project website to see photos. Related posts:Kelsey’s Crafts: Egg Carton CaterpillarTriple Exposure blog: Encouraging signsTriple Exposure Mural Completed at El Ein Girls School

TYO_TEST

FWEN: Meet Aya Mlettat

I met Aya Mlettat during my first summer at TYO in 2009. At the time, she was a volunteer in my girls’ dance class. She would often tell me about her passions and her plans to pursue a professional track that would allow her to help others. She would carry on these conversations about the future with ease while maintaining a watchful eye on the girls and ensuring me that I was doing a good job leading the class. Her compassion for others and her aspirations for professional success were as clear then as they are now.  However, Aya now Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Intern Journal: The Great Battle of the Cucumber Fields

We began our Video Class with the typical trust-falls and name games. By the second session, we had transitioned from improvisational games to brainstorming for our first video. By the third class, my kids had written an epic… Continue reading

TYO_TEST

Intern Journal: Variations on a Familiar Theme

Over the past few weeks, I have been pondering the idea of home and what it means in the context of the lives of Palestinians. In my Arts & Crafts class last Tuesday, I read a beloved book from my childhood — The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. As a child, this story enraptured me and I remember begging my mother to read it each night, so that I could once again see those beautiful illustrations. The entertaining and lively story follows the life of a pretty pink house who although content with her life in the country, “…was Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

In the Media: Hollywood goes to the West Bank (VIDEO)

TYO is thrilled to be featured in Palestine Note CEO Fadi Elsalameen’s recent column on The Huffington Post, “Smart Power: Hollywood goes to the West Bank.” We are indeed very proud to contribute to the smart power that Elsalameen cites, including providing children and youth in Nablus with enriching and innovative summer programming and activities. Why would an American youth who grew up in Hollywood, worked there as an assistant director on TV shows, a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International studies want to live and work in the West Bank city of Nablus? It’s the same reason Continue reading…

TYO_TEST

Introductions: Summer 2010 Interns!

TYO is pleased to introduce the latest members of its Nablus team. Welcome, Summer Interns: Hannah, Andrea, Max and Rick! They’ve jumped into the Summer 2010 Session and have already made quite a splash here at the TYO Center in Nablus. Please check this blog in the coming days for updates on their progress and reflections on their experiences in Nablus. For now, here is a bit about our new team members! Hannah is a sophomore at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota majoring in International Studies and Religious Studies. She was born in New York and grew up in Continue reading…