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For Our Language: Challenging Today to the Prepare for the Future

This has been my second session working at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization as a teacher in the Core Child Program. In addition to teaching TYO’s standard psychosocial curriculum, I also teach Arabic to 4 & 5  year old children enrolled in Core AM. Teaching Arabic has truly become a highlight of my time at TYO, as each day reminds me of my own childhood. I remember in first grade when I was challenged to write letters in classes-  but my parents couldn’t afford to send me to preschool, so I entered grade school completely unprepared. My classmates already knew the letters Continue reading…

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Are you listening?

Are you listening? Our students certainly are, as they put their hand to their ear and respond “Yes, I’m listening!” at the start of our English classes. In TYO’s Core English program this summer, supported by the Abdul Hamid Shoman Foundation, our children’s confidence in listening, speaking and writing English has visibly improved. Through art, dance, games and immersion in the English language, students have explored the alphabet and new vocabulary. In our first classes, the difference in abilities between our students were marked. Some students were hesitant in responding to questions, or even to pronounce new words. Others struggled Continue reading…

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Branding and Getting Better: TYO Steering Committee Meeting

For TYO entrepreneurs, their production happens in a diverse array of places: a fig orchard, an add-on room of their home with hydroponic farming equipment, a tailoring workshop in Tulkarem. But last week, they brought samples of their businesses to TYO’s FWEME Steering Committee here in Nablus for an intensive discussion on how their products are made, best practices in branding, and how to further improve their packaging and pitching. After recently completing their second phase of intensive Business English courses, entrepreneurs showcased their advanced presentation skills by delivering their short pitches to the Steering Committee, explaining their business, progress made Continue reading…

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Play to Learn

In today’s society, the importance of learning a second language, such as English, is unparalleled. However, many children, even the 4-6 year-olds that we teach in the Core AM program, begin the program with a resistance to learning English because they believe that something foreign is inherently difficult. However, the goal of our English classes in the Core AM program (sponsored by the Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation) is to foster a love of learning, more specifically a passion for learning the English language. We cultivate this interest and enthusiasm by engaging the students in learning through play. According to a Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Wala’ Abu-Hamad

Wala’ Abu-Hamad graduated from An-Najah National University and studied English Language and Literature. Wala’ is from Nablus, Palestine. What initially interested you interested in TYO’s STEP! Program? I was interested in registering for the STEP! program because I wanted to develop my English language skills- as this is a highly sought after need in the job market. Further, I wanted to get experience working with children. Have you volunteered before? This is my first voluntary experience because I didn’t know before that there are places like TYO to volunteers and develop our professional experience. I heard about the STEP! program Continue reading…

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Learning to communicate : if talking is silver listening is gold

Communication is a difficult concept to teach in our culture- not just in Palestine but also in the Middle East at large. In our community and with our target groups we find, generally speaking, that authority figures- such as parents and teachers- struggle to send clear messages to children as they never learned how to properly express themselves or how to vary their means of communication for different recipients. This is further complicated by the fact that children themselves are still learning how to interact with the world around them, and thus are not always capable of properly interpreting messages Continue reading…

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Finding Comfort in Confidence

In the past few weeks at TYO, participants our The Women’s Group have stepped out of their ‘comfort zones’. As clichéd as this phrase may be, the transformative power that participants find in challenging themselves in IT, Fitness and Nutrition classes has elicited a visible change in the bearing and demeanour of the women. For years, studies have shown that exercise carries a benefit not just for physical, but also for mental health. Exercise helps to give women a sense of control over their lives and their bodies. This is clearly demonstrated in the confidence women possess in performing their Continue reading…

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Best Practices with TYO-L Beneficiaries

There is an emerging belief that women make great entrepreneurs. At TYO-L we’ve been working hard with our beneficiaries to ensure each one of their businesses isn’t just successful- but that their business are truly great. In the last phase of the FWEME project, we’ve observed considerable progress in each of our beneficiary’s business plans. Through careful guidance, leadership, and business training women are developing appreciable local recognition. TYO-L is assisting each beneficiary in her journey. It is a quite incredible to watch the growth of the women in the program. In an interview with Mrs. Roula Dally El Maiss, Continue reading…

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#FWEME

Entrepreneurship is already infamous throughout the world for being a tough vocation. It’s a long endeavor with little to no profit in the beginning stages and requires full-time nurturing. Many businesses fail. On the other hand, individuals who succeed at entrepreneurship can say they have excelled at one of the most challenging obstacles of careerhood. In Palestine everything is difficult: from travel to accessing water. Out of necessity, most people expend more time problem-solving than on the task at hand. If entrepreneurship is difficult internationally, it is exponentially so in Palestine — which is why TYO, along with the Cherie Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An interview with Muhammed Dwikat

Muhammed Dwikat a second year student An-Najah National University, studying Public Relations. Muhammed is from Nablus, Palestine. What made you interested in TYO’s STEP! Program? I was initially interested in registering in TYO’s STEP! program because I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get experience working with an American organization. In addition to experience with an international organization, I heard that the STEP! program helps students like myself develop the skills needed to be prepared for the job market. I’ve found the program to be very beneficial, particularly in that it allows me to practice my Continue reading…