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Volunteer Spotlight: Lamees

I wish that young people will always look inside themselves and see all the good things they can offer. This Volunteer Spotlight features Lamees Rozeh. Lamees is 21 years old, originally from Nablus, in a neighborhood called Al-Mkhfiyyeh, and a current volunteer at TYO. How long have you been a volunteer at TYO and which classes have you participated in? I have been a volunteer at TYO for the past two sessions. I have volunteered in the Core Program, Internship Program and Homework Help classes. What do you study? I study psychology at An-Najah University. It’s my third year. How did you hear Continue reading…

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A Developing Education System

Working with children and university students here in Nablus has given us insight into the education systems in place. We have found some similarities between education here in Palestine and the education we come from in the United States, but the differences are what help us see into the lives of the students whose lives we impact at TYO. If you look at the statistics, literacy and higher education rates are among the highest in Palestine compared to other Middle Eastern countries. But having spent time with these children and community members and despite these statistics, we know that the Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: October 26, 2012

Eyes on the prize. In Jordan, teachers are trained in critical thinking skills, but the parents and students don’t want it–they just want preparation for the national exam. How can we bring critical thinking to the Middle East? Two generations – One Future. Experience from Kalamazoo, educating parents gives children their best shot. Women’s Spring VIDEO: Hear from the leader of the women’s only list in Hebron for the first municipal election in six years. Celebrate Innovation. Breaking boundaries by overcoming obstacles and taking risks embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship. A Palestinian entrepreneur living in the West Bank or Gaza experiences these challenges Continue reading…

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Women Entrepreneurs in Lebanon Brand and Market their Businesses

Lebanon was rocked by the assassination of Mr. Wissam Al-Hassan, head of the intelligence branch of Lebanon’s International Security Forces, who was killed on 19 October 2012, in a bombing in the popular commercial district of Sassine, Achrafieh. Post the assassination; we had several days of uncertainty about the potential escalations of violence that Lebanon could face, due to the assassination. Currently, the situation remains relatively calm and TYO-Lebanon’s thoughts are with those directly affected by the bombing, and we remain optimistic in the ability of the Lebanese people to overcome this devastating blow. Despite the challenges within the country, Continue reading…

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WISE Profile: Afnan and Rina Ismaelia

From Beit Eba, Nablus, Afnan, 29, and Rina, 23, are a dynamic coffee roasting duo, and two of our returning businesswomen from cycle one’s Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) for our phase two project, Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE). As women living in conservative Beit Eba, they were told that teaching would be the most suitable job for a woman, so Rina and Afnan both completed their undergraduate degrees in early childhood education and elementary education, respectively. Though Rina liked her major, Afnan did not and instead yearned to do something else with her life. The idea of Continue reading…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ahmad

As a psychology student, I was interested TYO’s psychosocial approach to all of its programs. This Volunteer Spotlight features Ahmad Al-Khateeb. Ahmad is 21 years old, originally from Jenin, Palestine and a current volunteer at TYO. How long have you been a volunteer at TYO and which classes have you participated in? I have been a volunteer at TYO for four years. I have volunteered in the Core Program with all subjects, the Triple Exposure mural class and also in the Intern Program sports class. What do you study? I study psychology at An-Najah University. It’s my fourth and last year. How Continue reading…

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Intern Student Profiles: Fall 2012

Mary When I look around my classes for the first time, there are some students that just stand out, and you know they are going to be special. Twelve-year-old Raneem Kibouneh stood out to me. On the first day of our new rotation, I was sitting at a table getting to know some of the students, and I remember meeting Raneem and having her laugh at me because I kept accidentally calling her Raneen (as there is also a girl by that name in the class). She immediately struck me as good-natured and friendly. This is Raneem’s second year at Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: October 19, 2012

  I am a women from Palestine. Shashat hosts the 8th Annual Women’s Film Festival in Palestine 21 September – 15 December. Engagement, the Millennial Way. Community engagement is hard and difficult work, but it should be fun. What are we waiting for? Asks Joelle Wyser-Pratte, Co-founder, The Ounavarra Foundation, when it comes to Empowering Girls, Enriching Developing Nations. We are all Malala. With Malala’s story moving us all, we take a moment to reflect on the many Malalas whose stories are rarely told. Education at a Glance. The 2012 edition enables countries to see their permanence according to OECD indicators in the light of other Continue reading…

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WISE Profile: Aya Mletat

Things in my life exist that make it difficult at times, but instead of dwelling on them I choose to delve into my work and concentrate on something more meaningful: my success. -Aya Mletat Born and raised in Beit Furik, a village outside Nablus, Aya Mletat is Founder and CEO of Solidarity Sheep Farm. Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) alumna Aya has returned for our phase two businesswomen’s project Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE). Solidarity Sheep Farm, founded in October 2012, specializes in the breeding, raising and selling of organic Merino sheep. This brand is unique  in that it is leaner and has more Continue reading…

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Creativity is a Chameleon

It’s the most versatile skill. From entertaining ourselves to making a piece of art we use creativity in different ways. At TYO our kids not only utilize this skill in the class but also on their own. We provide them with ideas and let their creative minds work. Check out the creativity in the classroom here at TYO! –Lila Lila is a Fall 2012 intern. [portfolio_slideshow] Related posts:Photo of the Day: LocococoPhoto of the Day: FWEN Participants present businesses to CBFW New Photo of the Week on the Triple Exposure website!