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Like and Dislike: The Women’s Group Takes on Social Media

You might’ve clicked on this blog article from Facebook or Twitter, like many of our followers do. But for many moms in The Women’s Group, the seemingly simple world of social media can seem like a foreign planet- and can cause significant friction in their homes, and a lack of confidence when communicating with their children. Specifically, some women aren’t aware of how to protect kids from potential harassment or online abuse- an issue many of our local partners have reported increasing in Nablus- and have questions about how sites like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter could be both helpful, or harmful, Continue reading…

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Welcome Summer 2014 Interns!

TYO is pleased to introduce the Summer 2014 International Interns! They come from diverse backgrounds – all the way from the United States, and the United Kingdom. Read all about them! Amanda Amanda is from a suburb just north of Chicago. She is currently studying at Northeastern Illinois University, majoring in History and Secondary Education and minoring in Political Science. Amanda spends much of her free time working in Student Government and is looking forward to student teaching this fall. This summer, Amanda is teaching The Women’s Group Fitness & Nutrition, Core Competency at An Najah University, and ESL to Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Rakan Dawood

Rakan Dawood is from Beita village in Nablus and is a third-year student at An Najah National University studying accounting. What made you interested in STEP!? I enrolled in the program at TYO because I want to better my employment skills. The international setting at TYO allows me to practice my communication skills with people from different cultures and exposes me to new ideas I wouldn’t otherwise be presented with. I’m also really interested in developing my leadership abilities. I’ve been volunteering at TYO since 2008 and keep coming back because I feel the program really adds to my skills. Continue reading…

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Welcome Summer 2014 Zahi Khouri Fellows!

TYO is proud to introduce this summer’s Zahi Khouri Fellow’s– Michelle and Nada! Michelle Michelle is a sophomore at Boston University studying international relations and Middle East studies. Michelle is a Palestinian-Lebanese American, with strong connections to her Middle Eastern culture.  After college, Michelle aspires to work for a non-profit or an NGO that focuses on human rights, and one day hopes to start her own NGO which empowers women and girls in the Middle East through education. Michelle will be teaching ESL to children in both the morning and afternoon Core Child Program, as well as teaching Core Competency Continue reading…

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Learning about our families!

This week children in TYO’s Core Child morning and afternoon programs just completed their second week of summer programming. They learned all about their families. Family plays one of the most important parts in one’s life. The people that surround children as they grow and develop play a tremendous role in refining personalities, creating a sense of identity, and molding ways of thinking. With that in mind, one of TYO’s goals is to work on the concept of family with children for this week so they can develop a strong understanding of their families, learn how to appreciate them, and how Continue reading…

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A Morning of Voice, Agency, and Empowering Women

Our Summer 2014 session hasn’t started just yet for The Women’s Group, but last Sunday, TYO was still filled with plenty of voices discussing women’s rights and gender equity in Nablus. As part of the quarterly Speaker Appreciation Breakfast, over 20 representatives from TYO’s local partners gathered to be recognized for their contributions as volunteer lecturers in The Women’s Group- and discuss key challenges facing female empowerment in Palestine. The Speaker Breakfast is TYO’s way to honor the experts, advocates, and activists that make The Women’s Group possible each session by lending their time and knowledge to lead seminars on various Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Asmaa Qasqas

Asmaa Qasqas a volunteer in the Core Child Program and a graduate from An-Najah National University shares her experience as a TYO volunteer.. What made you interested in STEP!? I was initially interested in TYO and STEP! because I wanted to develop my employment skills, such as time management and communication. I heard that TYO has very high expectations of program participants, and it is through the demands of the program that I have learned to better manage my time. Formerly I was shy and reluctant to engage with my peers, but TYO has given me the confidence I needed Continue reading…

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Start Small, Dream Big

They dream big, start small, and develop wonderful results. Our beneficiaries at TYO Lebanon made great results and worked very hard to reach the final phase of the FWEME project. They created different approaches for their business plans and maintained a strong commitment to environmentally responsible business practices. TYO-L  provides the women with enhanced skills and a platform to become productive members of Lebanon’s labor force. Services offered by TYO-Lebanon include: Training and support for business expansion, with particular focus on marketing, accounting, and distribution. Development and support on existing craft, design and business skills. Encouragement on the participation of Continue reading…

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State of the World’s Moms

Today many moms in the United States will likely wake up to Hallmark cards, homemade breakfasts, and a variety of other gifts from their children to honor their role in the family. As America marks Mother’s Day, there’s a lot of hype around the holiday, which calls for special appreciation of immense work, strength, and commitment that comes with a woman’s work. Yet according to the landmark State of the World’s Mother’s report released this week by Save the Children, it’s clear that many moms around the globe will be waking up to much different realities. The report, which is Continue reading…

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Everyday Closer to a Better Tomorrow

Everyday I was teaching I felt a full spectrum of emotions. There was the pre-class nervousness about how many students would come or if I could properly execute all the learning objectives in the lesson plans in an effective way. These anxieties would immediately disappear as soon as the students arrived in the classroom and the fun and interactive lessons began, and I would become excited as the students participated and began to have fun. However, classes did not always go according to plan. Quick-thinking to address behavior issues of children too often caused by the stresses associated with living Continue reading…