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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Claudia Triana  I forged many meaningful friendships that I hope to cultivate many years to come. A Miami, FL native, Claudia taught Drama, Women’s Fitness and Staff English as an intern at TYO Nablus in the spring of 2012. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  It’s difficult to narrow down all the memories to a single favorite, but there’s one that always brings a smile to my face and that’s the memory of Color Games. I’m particularly fond of that day because it was the happiest I ever saw my kids. They left the center chanting Continue reading…

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BWF Conducts a Series of Workshops in Nablus Benefiting WISE

Flyer Ad – a Nablus based company which designs, manufactures and distributes promotional materials such as leaflets, flyers, business cards and other print advertisements – was launched in May 2011. To bring my business to fruition I participated in programs including TYO’s Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus project, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentor/Mentee program, Small Enterprise Center’s Business Development Training and Systematic Training for Initiating and Creating Enterprises, as well as Business Women’s Forum’s (BWF) Business Development Training. As a participant of Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE), TYO has continued to encourage me to seek out opportunities to participate in meetings, classes, conferences Continue reading…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Basma

Youth need to gain more experiences and fill their empty time with something important, which can all be done here at TYO. This Volunteer Spotlight features Basma Khaled. Basma is 50 years old, from Balata refugee camp in Nablus and a current volunteer in the Core Program. How long have you been a volunteer at TYO and which classes have you participated in? I’ve been volunteering with TYO since they first opened their doors in 2008 so I consider myself a dedicated member of the Volunteer Program – sometimes as a bus monitor, other sessions as a hall-monitor. What do you study? Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Jay Saper TYO cares deeply for the hearts of those with whom it works. Everything is embedded within the community and constantly adapting to better fit community needs. It is inspiring to see an organization work with such tremendous dedication A East Lansing, MI native, Jay taught Music and Drama, IT for The Women’s Group, Community English, and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the summer of 2012. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  Music and Drama was always a class filled with energy and imagination. When the youth combined these Continue reading…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Amani

Before coming to TYO, my personality was weak. I couldn’t look people in the eyes while speaking and now, I am more courageous when I’m talking socially with friends, and even with strangers. This Volunteer Spotlight features Amani Abdel Karim. Amani is 30 years old, from Jamma’en, a small town outside of 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 six sessions with the Core Morning Program. What do you study? I got my Associates Degree in Elementary Education. How did you hear about Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Hilary Landfried My internship has given me the skills to work in a culture different from my own and helped me to develop flexibility. A Hermitage, PA native, Hilary taught Music and Art, Community English, Women’s Fitness, and Professional Competency as an intern at TYO Nablus in the summer of 2012. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  It is hard to choose a favorite moment. I think I have a couple favorite stories from each one of my classes. However, I think the moment that really put a smile on my face was early on during my Continue reading…

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How Conflict and Occupation Limits Development

TYO had the pleasure of sending three representatives to the Eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar. On behalf of TYOs efforts in the West Bank, I participated on a panel presentation on the impact of climate change in conflict zones when human rights are neglected. Conflicts can contribute in direct and indirect ways to climate change. In Palestine, unequal water distribution and limited water recourses are a major issue, which Palestinians have no control of. Israel controls the water and according to a report released by Amnesty Continue reading…

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Sahar Dwaikat represents WISE at MediaME Forum 2012

Being a participant of TYO’s cycle one businesswomen’s project Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus, and their current phase two project Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE) has been a great asset in helping me grow my business as well as networks. My name is Sahar Dwaikat, and I am the owner of Flyer Ad, a Nablus based company which designs, manufactures and distributes promotional materials such as leaflets, flyers, business cards and other print advertisements. Fortunately, due to the networks I have established as a participant of WISE, I was nominated by Amal Daraghme Masri – General Manager and founder of Ougarit Continue reading…

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WISE Profile: Mai Abu Thra’a

A new member to the TYO family is Mai Abu Thra’a, joining us through the WISE program. From Beit Furik, a village near Nablus, Mai, 23, is a young, driven entrepreneur. Having graduated from An-Najah University in 2010, she studied IT purely out of her love and interest for the topic. Knowing that she always wanted to have a business, she and her brother joined forces and just registered, Standro, their tech solutions company, in the Czech Republic. Under the umbrella of Standro, they plan to have many different projects. Currently, she is working on the first one called Dalili, Continue reading…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Abdel Hameed

This Volunteer Spotlight features Abdel Hameed Badran. Abdel Hameed is 22 years old, from Aseera, a village outside of 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 three sessions, volunteering in both the Core Morning and Afternoon Programs. What do you study? I am a senior at Al-Quds Open University studying finance. How did you hear about TYO? I learned about TYO through one of the former Core Program teachers. He is my neighbor in Aseera and he told me about this great organization. Why Continue reading…