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Lean In, Pull Up, and Take Off: FWEME Incubation Begins at TYO

By now, much of the business world is aware of “leaning in“- the concept coined by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that encourages women to become the confident leaders that the world needs. At TYO, we firmly believe in the idea of inspiring women to dream big and work hard. But we also know the institutional challenges in places like Palestine that block progress for gender equality- and that’s why we’re fans of a recent article in Forbes Magazine about women’s economic empowerment in the Middle East that describes women’s need to both lean in– and pull up. Given the array of Continue reading…

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Now they know their ABCs

Like many from the Western world, the opportunity to learn a second language was presented to me when I began high school. I chose to learn French, and let me tell you, if I were to get lost in Paris, I would have to rely on finding someone that spoke English to help me out. I do not know French. My experience is a typical one. According to Harry Chugani, a pediatric neurologist, foreign language teaching should begin when children are in preschool—when teachers can maximize a child’s willingness and ability to learn. 

Research has proven that a preschooler’s brain Continue reading…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH TYO VOLUNTEER REZEQ DWIKAT

Rezeq Dwikat, a volunteer in the Core Child Program and a current student at An-Najah National University, shares his experience as a TYO volunteer. When did you start volunteering at TYO? I started volunteering at TYO in January 2014. This is my first month at TYO, and I plan to volunteer again next session. How did you learn about TYO? I learned about the TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program through TYO’s Facebook page. I was already looking for community service opportunities in other local institutions, so it was perfect timing when I saw the call for volunteers at TYO What is the Continue reading…

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A Woman’s World: Women’s Group Fitness at TYO

A key component of TYO’s work is The Women’s Group (TWG). As part of The Women’s Empowerment Programs, TWG embodies TYO’s multigenerational approach by supporting Nabulsi mothers ranging in age from their early twenties to their late sixties.  Women participate in interactive seminars facilitating dialogue on a range of contemporary community and women’s interest topics.  To complement these sessions, TYO offers sewing and IT classes, and the international interns lead weekly fitness classes, which incorporate nutrition and lifestyle advice. Interns have been delighted by how enthusiastic and spirited the ladies are, particularly their exuberant appetite for Zumba!  A mere two weeks Continue reading…

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Home Sweet Home

Last week children in the Core Child program learned all about their home- Nablus.  This is often a surprising week for children, as so often we find they aren’t aware of even the most basic information about their own homes. I recall when I was a child growing up in a small village and my parents took me to Nablus for the first time, I felt as though I was traveling to another country. Though I lived only a 15-minute car ride away, at that time many checkpoints separated my home from the city, making the journey feel like a Continue reading…

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TYO-L Interviews FWEME Entrepreneur: Ms. Dalia Sahily

Ms. Dalia Sahily is an entrepreneur in Lebanon’s Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East program. 1)    What is your personal background? My name is Dalia Sahily, and I come from “Bar Elias” in the Bekaa Valley. I studied accounting and got my degree from “Al- Najda El Shaabiya”. Later on, I studied cosmetology and through my experience I became a beauty specialist. I also registered in an English tutoring center to learn the English language. I love swimming, playing piano, dancing, and reading. 2)    What is your business idea? My business idea is to help people market themselves and Continue reading…

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Scoring Big: English Goals and FC Barca

Attempting something for the first time is always nerve-racking but particularly when first impressions are marked by giving an assessment. TYO designed an English pre-assessment when students expressed that they are eager to learn English and had been struggling with the English taught in local schools. English is a valuable skill to develop for Palestinians given the state of the local economy with high unemployment, and it allows individuals to pursue international positions and those within large multinational corporations. The struggling educational system in Nablus places extremely heavy pressure on children starting from the 1st grade to succeed at standardized Continue reading…

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An interview with TYO volunteer Isra’ Hamdan

Isra’ Hamdan, a volunteer in the Core Child Program and a current master student at An-Najah National University shares her experience as a TYO volunteer. When did you start volunteering at TYO? I started volunteering in the fall of 2013- about 6 months ago. I’ve really enjoyed my experience so I plan to reapply as volunteer at TYO next semester as well. How did you learn about TYO? I learned about TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program from my friends at my university.  We were talking about needing to develop our job skills when one of my friends who was already familiar Continue reading…

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The Journey Begins

Spring 2014 marks the beginning of TYO’s ninth International Internship Program.  After a week of rigorous orientation training, four dynamic and dedicated international interns   embarked on an ambitious English language learning pilot session, supported by talented local Youth Service Volunteers. TYO responded to local feedback that the students would greatly benefit from classes that teach English while keeping with the TYO model that nurtures children’s psychosocial well-being. As interns, we see this as an opportunity to tap in to students’ creative energies through innovative, play-based approaches to learning English. After the warmest of welcomes to their first classes, children completed Continue reading…

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Learning to work together

The third week of the Core Child afternoon program just finished. Children in this program are 6-8 years old. Each week of the twelve week session, Core Teachers implement lessons from a curriculum specifically designed for children from our target areas. Children from TYO’s target areas are generally considered ‘at risk’. They come from large families in poorer areas and therefore do not always get the home support needed. While education is greatly valued in Nabulsi society, often times parents do not have the educational background required to assist children with their studies. As such, TYO Core teachers work hard Continue reading…