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Introducing Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East!

After the successful completion of the Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) and the Women Entrepreneurs in Lebanon (WEL) Program, TYO is continuing its partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW) with the two-year Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East (FWEME) Program in Palestine and Lebanon. TYO aims to target 90 young businesswomen with existing or start-up businesses in the Northern West Bank – targeting Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem and Qalqilya and its surrounding villages – and Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. The program will follow a four-phases composed of: Selection of female business leaders, initial 4-day intensive training, and individual coaching and mentoring Production of business plans and Continue reading…

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TYO Fellow Alumni: Where are They Now?

Karen Campion By building relationships with Nabulsis, particularly residents of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods and refugee camps in the city, I began to learn about the very real injustices and challenges in their lives, as well as some successful ways of addressing those issues through programs and policies. A Silver Spring, MD native, Karen taught Recycled Crafts, Women’s English and Professional Competency at An Najah University as a fellow at TYO Nablus. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  One of my favorite moments at TYO was watching InsideOut Project participants smear wheatpaste all over the wall on Continue reading…

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Core Child Program – Spring 2013

TYO Core Child Program begins today and we’re very excited about the changes and additions that have been made to improve our classes. TYO’s Psychosocial Program Manager, Suhad Jabi, explains that the Core Program “is putting more concentration on the child-parent relationship” including parent-teacher meetings starting last week. “I was shocked at how many mothers came to the meetings,” says TYO’s Outreach Coordinator Futoon Qadri. “It has been so encouraging to see so many parents leave their homes and meet with the teachers.” One hundred thirty mothers attended the meetings – a dramatic increase from previous sessions when only a Continue reading…

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My First Time Leaving Palestine: The Global Entrepreneurship Summit

A native of Beit Furik, a village outside Nablus, Aya Mletat is the Founder and CEO of Solidarity Sheep Farm. Currently involved in our Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE), Aya partook on a journey that she called, “One of my greatest accomplishments to date.” In December 2012, Aya attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit presented by Entrepreneurial Ventures of Arabia. Invited through the US Consulate in Jerusalem Aya shares her experience about the exciting two-day conference. What was the conference? It was a conference that brought together male and female entrepreneurs from all over the Middle East and Africa to meet with and learn from businessmen and Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Anna Mysliwiec I’m familiar with monitoring and evaluation processes, with how to develop strong programs to meet a certain need in a country or community, and with recognizing successes and learning from shortcomings — all because I did all of that with my classes at TYO. A Bethesda, MD native, Anna taught Arts & Crafts, IT and Fitness for The Women’s Group, and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the spring of 2012. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  It’s hard to pick just one! Amidst the many challenging dimensions of Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Mitch Bacci My overwhelmingly positive experiences teaching classes at TYO have shaped my professional plans by inspiring me to pursue a career in education. A Guerneville, CA native, Mitch taught Sports and Wellness, IT for The Women’s Group, 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?  Many of my most memorable moments in sports and wellness class involve popping, stomping, or throwing balloons. Of these, my favorite occurred on a hot summer day during a teamwork building water balloon relay race. With tacit Continue reading…

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EFE Workshops: “Be Entrepreneur, and Build your Country”

Education for Employment’s (EFE) mission is to empower youth with the skills and opportunities they need to build careers that create a better future for themselves, their communities and the world. To meet this mission they have been conducting a series of workshops around the West Bank called “Be Entrepreneur, and Build your Country” to help small business owners build their capacity by providing world-class professional and technical training that lead to successful businesses. Like fellow WISE participant Sahar Dwaikat, I have participated in programs including TYO’s Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) and the Women’s Incubation Service for Entrepreneurs (WISE) project, Cherie Blair Foundation Continue reading…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jihan

Traditionally in Palestine, children are brought into a system where the child comes last but at TYO, the child always comes first. This Volunteer Spotlight features Jihan Imran. Jihan is 22 years old and a current volunteer in the Core Program as well as the Homework Help class at TYO. How long have you been a volunteer at TYO and which classes have you participated in? This is my first session working with the morning Core Program and Homework Help in the afternoons. What do you study? I am a junior studying Financial and Banking in Al-Quds Open University. How did you hear about TYO? I first Continue reading…