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Two Minutes to Understanding the Key of Economic Growth

At TYO, our most recent female entrepreneurship project- Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East– is a two year program designed to provide sustainable, holistic, and personal support to female business owners. So given this long-term, in-depth work, what could possibly be learned about women’s entrepreneurship in two minutes? In fact, if you’re watching this recently-released clip from the World Bank, just a few minutes can actually demonstrate the lasting value of investing in women entrepreneurs. This informational video about female economic empowerment sums up exactly why TYO offers programs like FWEME- and provides the facts about why women are Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Sarah Coco Professionally, I think TYO gave me a lot of confidence in my management skills. Being in charge of several classrooms a day, and a group of volunteers, pushed me to take charge in a way I would normally shy away from. From Lancaster, PA, Sarah taught Arts and Crafts, English in The Women’s Group, Professional Competency at An-Najah University and Community English as an intern at TYO Nablus in the summer of 2012. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  My favorite time with TYO was pool time. When I first heard about this assignment, I Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Alex Vaughan The skills I learned in designing a curriculum, implementing it from start to finish, and then evaluating it were incredibly helpful for my subsequent positions that required project management experience. From Santa Barbara, CA, Alex taught Women’s Aerobics, Creative Thinking, Community English and English in Salfeet as an intern at TYO Nablus in the summer of 2011. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  On one scorching hot afternoon, all of the classes came together for “Water Day,” which essentially turned into one giant water balloon fight. Not only did the kids absolutely LOVE soaking their Continue reading…

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New Statistics on Palestine, and New Steps to Progress

This month, the global community marked World Population Day, where attention and resources are devoted to meeting the challenges of the world’s 7 billion people. In Palestine, attention was specifically directed to a new data set released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics- and these numbers not only inform TYO’s work, but also shed new light on the population we serve. The statistical review highlights many important aspects of Palestinian society- like population, poverty rates, and educational opportunities. Below, we’ve pulled out a few of the highlights- and demonstrated how they relate to TYO’s daily mission to empower strong, healthy Continue reading…

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New video on early childhood investments from the National Academy of Sciences

When I arrived in Nablus for a yearlong fellowship in June 2011, I knew that the experience would be a transformative one. I expected to learn about Palestinian history, culture, and social structures, about education and community development, and about resilience in the face of extreme adversity. What I did not expect was to come away with the conviction that preschool is one of the most valuable assets a community can have. Now back in Washington, DC, that conviction has only been strengthened by my work on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the U.S. National Academy of Continue reading…

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Making Strides in Different Ways

The kids who come to Debra’s sports class and Elizabeth’s art class all have the opportunity to have a safe space to play and be creative. Yet, each child grows in unique ways.   One child, Asem, is an energetic bundle of smiles and laughter. When he first came to Summer Camp at TYO, he didn’t always want to participate in the activities. He would act as though he was too cool to play the games. Always trying to make others laugh, too often he wouldn’t fully engage with the activities. One day though, we asked to him to help Continue reading…

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Steps in the Right Direction: Lebanese Government Drafts Law on the Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence

TYO has been closely following a heartbreaking story in Lebanon that has left a family of 5 children without their mother. As empowering and supporting women and children is a crucial part of TYO’s role in Lebanon, we can’t help but pay close attention to the news as it relates to domestic violence and protecting women. Sadly, Mrs. Roula Yaacoub, the 31-year-old mother of five, was found beaten at her home in the town of Halba. She died upon arrival to the hospital. While Roula’s story has made the local news, unfortunately, many women in Lebanon suffer from various forms Continue reading…

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Final Farewell – Kyra

Kyra As I look back over the last 5 weeks, I cannot believe how time has flown. Just yesterday I felt like I was nervously waiting at the airport, anxious to begin this incredible adventure that is about to end. While I knew from pre-arrival guides, Skype sessions, and even in-person interviews that I would be busy with work, I had no idea being an intern at TYO would be my first real job. As an intern at TYO, one has many responsibilities from drafting lesson plans to monitoring and evaluation. I drafted and perfected four unique curriculums, one for Continue reading…

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Final Farewell – Eleanor

Eleanor On the 4th of July, the interns said goodbye to their summer camp students. The students in my class are all 13-14 years old, and we had been playing sports and games together for an intensive four weeks before our session came to an end. Despite the occasional arguing, throwing of water cups, cheating at games, eye-rolling, and language-related confusion, it was truly touching to see how saying goodbye affected different students in different ways. Younger camp groups didn’t realize it was the last day, or didn’t process it beyond acting out. But the older students from my classes Continue reading…

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Pencils, Paper, and Peace: Engaging Kids in their Education

At TYO, one of our main goals is supporting a child’s education- whether that’s improving their academic achievements or preparing children with the knowledge to face challenges or difficulties in the future. One of the many ways we do this is by helping kids with their homework and school exams by allocating time each day in our Core Program to go over homework, and review school lessons. We know this is very important for countless reasons- but recently, this was reinforced by the release of UNESCO and Save the Children’s report on education in conflict-affected countries. Launched last week, it Continue reading…