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“Starting Up” the Season: FWEME Training Kicks Off in Nablus

In May, it was just an idea talked about in an interview. Today, it’s a business plan ready for incubation being presented to a team of high-quality trainers and entrepreneurs. Over the summer, TYO traveled throughout targeted areas of Palestine to identify female entrepreneurs currently starting, or seeking to grow, their own business. We met with over 130 women, where we learned about a host of exciting, innovative ideas spearheaded by females. This week, TYO is hosting a 7-day training for the 45 women that were selected from that group to participate in our Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle Continue reading…

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The Cost of Quality Childcare

Recently, there’s been increased examination of the high cost of childcare in the U.S. by the media- from this New York Times article that’s made headlines to this new U.S. Census Bureau report entitled Who’s Minding the Kids?, there’s lots of chatter about the rising price- and lack of affordability- for quality early childhood care. The studies and stories in the press represent parents’ need for safe, educational places for kids before they’re school-aged, and the longterm benefits that early childhood care can have on the entire family. Yet it also demonstrates the risks when parents cannot secure this, and the issues Continue reading…

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The World Needs More…

Tomorrow, the international community will mark World Humanitarian Day– a time to come together and recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others around the world. It was a day founded by the United Nations General Assembly to honor the aid workers lost in a 2003 bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. This World Humanitarian Day marks 10 years since that event, and to reflect on both the lives lost in that tragedy as well as others over the years, the U.N. has asked organizations and individuals to respond to one simple question: What do you think the Continue reading…

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Statelessness & Stopping Gender Discrimination

Globally, it’s estimated that 12 million people have no country to call home- meaning that they’re stateless. And for many in that population, this statelessness is born from the fact that they’re female. Specifically, it’s gender bias in nationality laws that prevent women from acquiring, changing, retaining, or passing on their nationality to their children and/or spouses on an equal basis with men. Further, stateless individuals face obstacles like inabilities to access public health services, being barred from owning or renting property, and not allowed formal workers’ rights. Of the 29 nations with gender discrimination in their nationality laws, 14 Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Nawal Maalouf I miss the children and their playfulness, the strength and spirit of the women, and the friendships I shared with my co-workers and volunteers. It’s the people that make TYO the wonderful organization that it is. From Brooklyn, NY Nawal taught Sports, TWG Fitness 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?  My favorite moment from TYO was celebrating Mother’s Day with The Women’s Group. Instead of our usual fitness class, we decided to celebrate the holiday by taking the women Continue reading…

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Protecting Children in Palestine Through Collaboration

At TYO, it’s our daily work to create a safe, secure space for children in Nablus, but we’re also working on a broader level to promote protection for all children throughout Palestine. One of the key ways we accomplish this is through our participation in multi-sectoral, collaborative initiatives like the Child Protection in Emergencies Working Group, which brings together organizations working on various forms of child development to define best practices and policies for Palestine’s future. Led by UNICEF, the Child Protection in Emergencies Working Group meets to discuss standards and common principles for child protection in emergencies. In Palestine, Continue reading…

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TYO-L Successfully Conducts Leading and Learning Training Event in Bekaa!

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization-Lebanon is pleased to announce the success of the “Entrepreneurs as Leaders” training, which was held at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Zahle on July 29, 2013 from 9:30 A.M. till Noon. The women entrepreneurs in attendance were from a variety of different backgrounds, ranging from traditional food production, wedding planning, household good production and a pharmacy owner! The main topics of the training were: Communicating your Brand Negotiating for Success Hiring the Right Talent Confronting Performance Issues Coaching and Mentoring The training provided usefuel lessons for the entrepreneurs, with the Elevator Pitch excercises proving to Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Emily Peterman This isn’t the type of internship where you leave unsure if your efforts were even noticed, everyday you’ll receive validation that your presence matters from your students, TYO staff, or your fellow interns. From Boiling Springs, PA Emily taught TWG Fitness, WISE Beginner English, WISE Advanced English and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the spring of 2013. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  Every time I stepped into The Women’s Group Fitness class I had to brace myself for what easily turned into the most entertaining two hours of my Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Laura Thomas My advice to people considering applying for an internship with TYO is to take a chance and do it. Nablus can seem intimidating at first, but TYO provides an opportunity to live and work in Palestine in a safe and structured environment. From Chicago, IL Laura taught Sports, Women’s Fitness, Staff English, 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?  My favorite TYO memory was going with our Women’s Fitness classes to the park. It was beautiful to find a green Continue reading…

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Sweet Dreams, Stronger Minds: The Importance of Early Bedtimes

Most nights in Nablus, it’s easy to look outside and see that many children aren’t where they are supposed to be- while they might be up to regular activities like playing a game of soccer in the street or shouting with friends on the sidewalk, they can experience irregularities in their health and brain development since they’re not in bed. Around Palestine- and other parts of the world- kids lack the consistency of early, constant bedtimes. In Nablus, it’s easy to identify this- just one step outside on any given night, and you’ll find children running around instead of getting ready Continue reading…