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WISE Profile: Amneh Hijaze

Originally from Balata Refugee Camp, Amneh Hijaze joined the WISE program hoping to gain as much experience as possible in order to successfully open and run her tutoring center. With a love for science, Amneh, 29, graduated from An-Najah University in 2006 with a degree in chemistry.  Unable to obtain a job, she decided to work for herself and find a way to employ other recent graduates. Starting in 2007, she began tutoring from her house with the dream of opening up a tutoring center for students, which she would name Markaz Besan. From the 5th grade through university, her Continue reading…

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WISE Profile: Hanin Mletat

A new member to TYO via the WISE program is Hanin Mletat, 25. From Beit Furik, a village near Nablus, she studied nursing at Al Rawada College graduating in 2008. Despite this, nursing was never something she loved and decided that instead she wanted to have her own nursery. Called Mashtel Noor Al Huda, she will grow flowers and trees for people to buy as decoration in their homes. Eventually, she plans to open up her own flower and tree shop as well. Unlike other nurseries, she will have a diverse selection of flowers, at least twelve different kinds. Wanting Continue reading…

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The heart of TYO, We Thank Our Volunteers!

Almost 80% of TYO operates on a voluntary basis. As an organization, we recognize that with such a high, committed group of young adults, our volunteers are at the heart of our work. Volunteers from Nablus to California come together for one purpose: to work with the most disadvantaged community members in Nablus. And while they work with our children, youth and mothers, they are strong and incredible role models for this city. As the Fall 2012 Internship Program comes to an end, our students take the time to thank each of our Palestinian and American volunteers for all of Continue reading…

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Saying Goodbye

Our rotation here at TYO is drawing to a close, but even as we are getting a little emotional about leaving, life here continues for TYO’s kids. Part of being a kid at TYO is watching the cycle of interns coming and going, so while this is a profound moment of goodbye for us, to the kids we’ve gotten to know and love over the last three months, it’s goofy, fun, busy business as usual. Kids here see about 12 foreign interns a year in approximately three month rotations. In many ways, we can’t help but feel that these last Continue reading…

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WISE Profile: Nuhood Yahya

From Al Araqa, a village near Jenin, Nuhood Yahya studied to become a science teacher at Al Quds Open University. Originally at Birzeit University in Ramallah, her mother’s health deteriorated due to cancer leading Nuhood to transfer schools. Now, with only two areas of focus at the university, math or science, Nuhood chose the latter option. However, she did not enjoy her studies and knew she wanted to do something else with her life. Her combined desire to help those in her home town, as well as support her family, led to her Al Awa’ael Center project—to create a student Continue reading…

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WISE Profile: Nour Kharim

Joining TYO through our WISE program, Nour Kharim, 29, is working hard to make her humble project into a successful business. Nour graduated from An-Najah University in 2006 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. The idea for her project began in her classes where she studied the detrimental effects of processed materials on the human body and the benefits of natural substances. It was here that she decided not only to make natural products in order to start her own business, but also to help the people of Palestine and, in June 2011, her project began. The products of her Continue reading…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Niveen

We are the future of this country and we should work hard on ourselves, educate ourselves and develop our skills for a stronger Palestine. This Volunteer Spotlight features Niveen Al-Najjar. Niveen is 23 years old, from El Ein refugee camp in Nablus, and a current volunteer at TYO. How long have you been a volunteer at TYO and which classes have you participated in? I’ve been at TYO for a long time. This is my sixth session as a volunteer. Previously, I was a bus monitor and this session, I’ve also joined as a Core Program volunteer. What do you study? I Continue reading…

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It’s time for The Women’s Group–Leave your problems at the door

As TYO interns, we not only work with the children of Nablus we also work with their mothers. In the mornings we teach for The Women’s Group, supplementing their seminars with classes that help improve their English, teach them how to use a computer, or give them a space to for a healthier lifestyle with fitness.In striving for the rights of women in places like Palestine, encouraging entrepreneurship among women is one focus. TYO tries to make an impact in this area through programs like WISE (Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs). However, there are many women that are not budding entrepreneurs Continue reading…

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Tomorrow’s Youth Organization goes to London to Celebrate Women Entrepreneurs in Lebanon!

In support of our partner, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, TYO participated in their Enterprise Development Programme launch events in London last week. We were honored to be asked to share our story and that of beneficiary Ms. Hwayda Charaf Eddine and are dedicated to the vision that Ms. Cherie Blair shares in her quote below: The Enterprise Development Programme is at the heart of our vision for a world where women have equal opportunities and the capability, confidence and capital necessary to establish and grow businesses, resulting in a brighter future for the women themselves, their families and Continue reading…

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WISE Profile: Heba Ghanam and Ayah Soufan

Heba Ghanam, 22, and Ayah Soufan, 23, are a business duo that joined TYO through our WISE program. From Jenin and Nablus, respectively, Heba and Ayah both graduated from An-Najah University with degrees in Computer Engineering. Their passion to do something for Palestine combined with their expertise of computers and IT sparked these bright young girls to launch a business. IT companies are rapidly rising all over the world, including Palestine, so it made sense to capitalize on their knowledge and the growing industry. The idea formed organically when both Ayah and Heba were frustrated with the lack of information Continue reading…