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TYO Gala: President Clinton praises TYO as a promising solution

Last week, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization came out in Washington, DC with a series of events including our first ever Gala on October 21, 2010. We celebrated our successes from the last three years in Nablus and announced exciting expansion plans as we honored our valued supporters including President Bill Clinton, former UK First Lady Cherie Blair and music legend Quincy Jones. We are grateful that event co-chairs, Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba, Samia Farouki and Terry McAuliffe also played a huge role in the week’s proceedings. The TYO Gala reflected our distinctive mix of engagement, passion, innovation and high-quality including a Continue reading…

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Phase II brings encouraging progress for FWEN entrepreneurs

The women behind the 10 business plans selected to continue through Phase II of the FWEN initiative have been hard at work over the past several months. And, their work is paying off in tangible ways – each woman is a few steps closer to achieving her dream of becoming an entrepreneur, owning and operating a small business. In the past several months, the women have participated in a number of activities intended to hone their skills and their business plans. First, staff from the Small Enterprise Center in Ramallah led intensive coaching sessions in which they revised and edited Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: Olive Picking in Beit Furik

If the essence of Palestine were to be captured in one image, that image could very well be the olive tree.  Much of the rustic landscape is peppered with olive trees, many of which are centuries old and have been tended to by the same family for generations upon generations.  One of the very first images of Palestinian life I observed after crossing into the West Bank by car on the way to Nablus was a family beginning their olive harvest, so I was delighted to hear that Ahmad, TYO’s health educator, had invited the international staff and interns to Continue reading…

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TYO Event week with Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Cherie Blair

What a week! TYO has come out in Washington, and we did it with a splash! Check out some video and commentary at the links below – more coming soon… Here’s the TYO team onstage at the Gala last night with Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, event chairs Terry McAuliffe and Samia Farouki and TYO Founder Hani Masri! Photo Credit: Davide De Pas Photography Coverage: They are Calling Out for Bill Clinton’s Magic – The Washington Note | October 22, 2010 Clinton was at DC’s Ritz Carlton to keynote along with former British first lady and Matrix Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: First impressions of Nablus

“I can’t believe I’m really here.” This line was repeated, in some variation, by all four of us interns in the first few days upon arriving in the city of Nablus. In a way, it was understandable–we were in Palestine, a place we hear so much about on the news, but that most of us had not had the chance to visit in person until now. Many of our family and friends were apprehensive about our trip here, and it just seemed so surreal to actually be in the West Bank after so many weeks of planning and preparation in Continue reading…

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TYO out on the town!

The first evening of TYO’s event week was a smashing success. With event chairs Terry McAuliffe and Samia Farouki, TYO founder and his wife, Hani and Cheryl Masri, Congressman Jim Moran, The Economist editor Peter David, Steve Clemons of Washington Note and New America Foundation and countless other personalities, it was a night to remember at Cafe Milano! At left, TYO Event Chair and former National Democratic Chairman, Terry McAuliffe with TYO Founder and President, Hani Masri, stand in front of Cafe Milano with the jumbo banner that co-host Franco Nuschese surprised us with. THANK YOU, Franco! Cafe Milano put Continue reading…

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Announcing “Suwarna,” a Triple Exposure photography exhibition!

Check out the latest post by Project Coordinator Doris on the Triple Exposure website: We are pleased and proud to announce the date for the first Triple Exposure student photography exhibition! If you are in the area, please join us on October 29 at the Hashimiya School* in El Bireh, Ramallah. “Suwarna” is an exhibition of photography taken by the participants in this project: Palestinian boys and girls, ages 10 to 16, who have used their cameras over the past year to capture their homes, neighborhoods, schools, friends, hobbies, and daily moments of beauty. “Triple Exposure” is a TYO initiative that aims Continue reading…

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Introducing our Fall 2010 Interns!

TYO is pleased to introduce the latest, stellar members of our Nablus team. Welcome, Fall Interns: Julie, Adrienne, Ashwini and Samee! Their classes begin today. After an informative and energizing 10-day orientation program they are excited and ready to go! Please continue to view this blog in the coming weeks for updates on their progress and reflections on their experiences in Nablus. For now, here is a bit about our new team members straight from them! Julie I am Julie and I will be teaching girls’ dance and women’s aerobics classes and offering homework help to youth.  A native of Continue reading…

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Spring 2011 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 spring programs (February – April 2011). Interns will create spring 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 spring, 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 Continue reading…

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Vote for our film at the UN Alliance of Civilizations film festival!

  Check out the new post by Project Coordinator Doris on the Triple Exposure website: During the summer, 6 of the best and brightest students from the past year’s Triple Exposure classes were selected to work on a special film project: a submission to the UN Alliance of Civilizations PLURAL+ Film Festival! This year, festival organizers invited submissions on the topics of migration, diversity, and social inclusion. Our students – Hiba, Hala, Mahmoud, Mujahed, Taha, and Yaseen – were taught techniques in filming, acting, stop-motion photography, and story development. The kids themselves created the themes and story for Triple Exposure’s Continue reading…