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How Time Flies

Teaching my music class to 11-13 year old children was undoubtedly the highlight of my day during my time at TYO. It was amazing to get to spend time with such a wonderful group of children and I felt privileged that they let me into their lives. Over the course of the session, I began to see subtle changes in my students’ understanding of concepts and feelings about themselves. From a shy girl who now feels completely comfortable singing songs, to the boys in my class who can now sit and listen for just a little bit more time then Continue reading…

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Final Farewell: Rachel

Sitting down to write this blog post was not easy. How could I choose only one aspect of this program to write about? I considered talking about the challenges of my sports class with my kids, and the overwhelming joy I felt when I began to see the positive changes in them as my session wore on. I also thought about sharing the highs and lows of teaching a group of gregarious women to do lunges while they chatter away about their favorite desserts, or writing about the time I spent learning about Palestinian culture with my volunteers and Najah Continue reading…

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Final Farewell: Noah

It would be an understatement to describe these past three months as a challenge. My time as a TYO Intern has exposed me to people and experiences completely foreign, as well as challenged me to rethink my own assumptions and preconceptions about living in the Middle East and working with children. On the professional level, the International Internship Program has required that I work at an organizational and interpersonal level far higher than anything required by my previous work experience. I believe this difference arises from the fact that, as a TYO intern, even my professional obligations were approached from Continue reading…

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Final Farewell: Rosie

Now that my time as an intern has to come to an end here at TYO I’ve been able to spend a short moment reflecting upon the overall experience. This is certainly a challenging experience, one that makes you reassess your own limits. But then, perhaps because of this, it is also one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had the privilege to have. Every ounce of effort you put into this internship can be seen reflected in the smile on a child’s face, and the pride that emanates from within you when you see the progress that Continue reading…

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Nikon Not Believe It’s Already Over

It seems like just yesterday that I was packing my bags for Nablus. The last three months have been a blur and an adventure. My experience at TYO involved much more than just teaching photography classes. On top of professional competency courses at an-Najah University, staff English classes, and the Women’s Group IT classes, I developed a bond with my students and a unique appreciation for the context in which they live. TYO’s commitment to the Nabulsi community is a unique and singular endeavor in the northern West Bank. As the only American NGO in Nablus, TYO has the sole Continue reading…

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From TYO Classroom To Her Very Own: Catching Up with Entrepreneur Nuhood

Nuhood Yahya is a former participant in TYO’s WISE Program, a previous women’s entrepreneurship project between TYO and the Paltel Group Foundatoin that ran from July 2012 to July 2013. Originally, Nuhood joined WISE after attempting to open her own business in 2011, but facing a lack of capital and feeling as though she needed more training to succeed. After a year’s worth of coaching, individual services, and confidence-building activities, Nuhood took what she learned in TYO classrooms and applied it in her own classrooms- as a female entrepreneur launching the only educational center in the Al-Araqa village near Jenin, Continue reading…

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I Leave My Heart In Nablus…

Twelve weeks ago, I was struggling with my decision to accept this International Internship position with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization.  You see, I am a “mid-career changer” and am older than a traditional intern.  I am married to a very supportive husband who is caring for our two dogs back in Boston, Massachusetts.  The decision to leave my home for three months took a lot of careful consideration.  However, this was something I had always wanted to do – after having taught for many years in different capacities, I was truly excited for the opportunity to work with some of the Continue reading…

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A Photo Finish for Triple Exposure

Triple Exposure classes aim to engage Nabulsi children with their personal identities and community through photography. In their final week of classes, students reviewed their work from the last several weeks, during which they designed and created posters to address critical issues in their community. Students confronted smoking, school conditions, child labor, environmental issues, a lack of space to play, and cramped living conditions in a neighborhood campaign designed to encourage young Nabulsis to be active and productive citizens of Palestine. With 70% of Palestine’s population under the age of 29, constructive civic participation is vital to the country’s future Continue reading…

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FWEME Celebrates One-Year!

The FWEME project has just celebrated its one-year anniversary in November and we’re so proud of the progress of our women entrepreneurs! In the one year that has passed, the women have gained a tremendous amount of experience through their 4-day IBB trainings and their one-on-one work with their business coach. Currently, all 10 of the women entrepreneurs have fully developed their ideas to scale up or improve their businesses, and how they can differentiate themselves in their markets. Through their work and research with their coaches, they are working to complete their SMART business plans, which will include strategies Continue reading…

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The Power of Problem Solving

Today, in many countries around the globe, it has been documented that the current educational system is stifling children’s ability to think creatively. Palestine is no exception. Contemporary educational practices, which promote standardised testing, memorization and rote learning, are negatively impacting children’s ability to use their minds in order to come up with unique solutions. Add to this the fact that children are often being prepared to answer questions pertaining to what’s on standardised tests rather what will help them later in life, and you have a recipe for a generation which may be unable to solve complex problems effectively Continue reading…