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Making Change Click

In the ten years between 1997 and 2007, Nablus experienced a 20% growth in population. Living conditions are cramped—to say the least. Schools are over capacity, child labor is rampant, and there are few places for children to play. To make matters worse, the West Bank’s environment has long been a neglected casualty of the region’s volatile political circumstances. Stringent environmental regulations in the region have resulted in waste disposal solutions that bring tons of garbage to the West Bank. As politics increasingly limits Palestinians’ access to landfills, the Environmental Authority has claimed that pesticides have been dumped near Hebron Continue reading…

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UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women November 25

Violence against women is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. To raise awareness and trigger action to end this global menace, the UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. It is a very important date to raise public awareness of violence against women. This day is more of global observance than a public holiday and it’s an ongoing campaign to empower women and their children to escape violence and educate people about the consequences of violence against women. TYO-L aims to educate and empower women through different programs in order to raise Continue reading…

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Working Together is Always Better

Teamwork can take many forms, from the collaboration of international associations such as the European Union and United Nations, to the much smaller, but equally important, cooperation of children with their peers and teachers in the classroom. What has been realised is that through our unification we can accomplish something more vital than our own national or individual interests. For instance, consider the international agreement and cooperation to achieve worldwide initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals, or the partnerships of relief workers and nation-states in providing essential relief to victims of natural disasters, such as those now facing the Continue reading…

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TYO Volunteer Interview: Ahlam

Ahlam Menawi, a volunteer in the Core Program and a recent graduate from An-Najah University shares her experience as a TYO volunteer. When did you start volunteering at TYO? I started volunteering this semester (about 2 months ago). I plan to reapply to volunteer at TYO next semester as well. How did you learn about TYO? I learned about the TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program from TYO interns, while partaking in English Competency classes offered at An-Najah University. After graduation, I read a TYO posting on Facebook regarding the volunteer program and I quickly applied. What is the class that you are Continue reading…

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Resolving Current Problems, Preventing Future Anger

During the last few weeks of our fall session at TYO, we have come full circle and once again brought our focus back to communication.  The students participating in our Core Child Program are bussed daily to our center from four area refugee camps and from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus.  As they rush through our doors at 2:00, you’d never guess they have difficulty with appropriate communication.  At first glance, it appears as though the children are happily chatting away – singing and yelling and laughing as they wait for the day to begin.  Yet if Continue reading…

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Agitating for Change: TYO’s Photographers Take a Shot at Advocacy

This week, Triple Exposure is beginning its third and final theme of the session: change in storytelling. Students will explore how photography can be used as a medium for eliciting change in their communities. Classes will tackle issues such as smoking, child labor, and environmental issues. Over the next four weeks, each child will compile their work from throughout the session and build photo essays that use story to advocate for a community issue that is important to them. In one of this week’s activities, students teamed up to use the camera as a medium to take on a hypothetical Continue reading…

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Thinking Global, Acting Local: TYO Participates in Global Entrepreneurship Week

Last week, the Thompson Reuters Foundation released results from its third annual gender survey of the Middle East– compiling the expertise and insight of specialists in women’s rights to give a snapshot of gender equity in the region. Of the 22 Arab states surveyed, Palestine ranked 15th in terms of women’s rights– with setbacks like high rates of domestic violence, a lack of reproductive rights, and early marriage causing this low status. Yet it also highlights a major factor that’s causing Palestine to fall behind: only 17% of women are employed. But this week, TYO is proud to join over Continue reading…

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What Wondrous Women

Cynthia and Rachel  Having only what you might call a passing interest in health and exercise, we were both a little nervous about not only upping our weekly workouts, but also teaching about fifty women dance moves, yoga, the My Plate system, and cardio routines. We were warned that we should keep them entertained, and that they could be very blunt. The last part turned out to be an understatement, but nevertheless, interacting with our ladies has become one of our absolute favorite parts of this session. Despite all the time that we spend working with kids, our workouts with Continue reading…

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“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

In a patriarchal society, Palestinian women are often restricted from demonstrating individualism and meaningful participation in society. Here at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, women’s empowerment is not only encouraged, but we consider women as crucial targets “because of their central role in the family and potential leadership role of community change.” Therefore, The Women’s Group (TWG) “was developed to expand on our support efforts for mothers; to offer them seminars on health, mental health, parenting & children’s needs, education & literacy, and women’s empowerment.” For the past two weeks in TWG, our seminars and discussions have focused on all the different subthemes of Continue reading…

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A Day in the Life…

Every day, nearly 100 children attend TYO’s PM Core Child Program.  They rush home after school for a quick snack, a change of clothes and a bit of homework time before catching the bus to TYO.  Below is a photo chronicle exhibiting a typical day for our students in the TYO Core Child Program. [portfolio_slideshow] – Jessica Jessica is a Fall 2013 intern at TYO in Nablus. Related posts:Writing Minimum Standards for Child Protection in EmergenciesSweet Dreams, Stronger Minds: The Importance of Early BedtimesA Future Nadia in Nablus?