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Youth in Focus: An interview with Walaa Qasqas

Walaa Qasqas is from Sebastia, Palestine. She is a third-year student at Al-Quds Open University, majoring in Health Management.  What made you apply for STEP?! My sister was a volunteer at TYO and told me about the program. She had mentioned how much she benefited from the experience she received at TYO, so I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to better my skills and prepare for the job market. More specifically, I’ve struggled with self-confidence and communication skills and know this is definitely an area I need to improve if I want to be successful in Continue reading…

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The Tools We Need to Lead

One of my first days as a TYO intern, I had the opportunity to participate in an open discussion between the U.S. Consul General of Jerusalem, Michael Ratney, and returning volunteers from TYO’s Student Training and Employment Program (STEP!). The conversation revolved around the high unemployment rate of Palestinian youth and the related challenges that our community members face in seeking employment after graduation from university. I was eager to hear the voices of our volunteers, as I knew I would be working with this very population while facilitating a leadership course at An-Najah University throughout my internship. This course, Continue reading…

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All in the Family

The second week of the Core Child Program focuses on the concept of family. It is important to root this idea with children early in their development, as their understanding of family is critical not only to their sense of identity, but also serves as an early lesson in tolerance and diversity. Family is the first formal social structure to which children are exposed, and while it is normal to have different family structure, this does not necessarily mean all children are comfortable with their family unit. By teaching young children that it is ok to be different, they learn to Continue reading…

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English Immersion Today Prepares Palestinian Children to be Tomorrow’s Leaders

Language acquisition begins in the womb. Linguistic studies indicate that childhood is the optimal period to learn a new language for a variety of reasons, and immersion programs are becoming the foremost model for language learning on a global level. At Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, the International Internship Program seeks to create fun, safe spaces for young students to engage with the English language through activity and to equip the next generation of youth in Palestine with the linguistic skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly globalized world. In conversations I have had with university students in Nablus, many of them Continue reading…

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Let’s Get Down to Business.

In a recent publication by Brookings: Tomorrow’s Skilled Workforce Requires Investing in Young Children Today: The Importance of Early Childhood Development we are reminded again of the imperative and critical need of early childhood education especially in low-income countries. So why aren’t we using what works? While the article highlights four compelling reasons – the one that resonates with us at TYO is the lack of the private sector partnerships. For years, we have witnessed the gap between university graduates skills-readiness and private sector needs in Palestine. We have listened as executives in profit-driven companies have lamented about the lack Continue reading…

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YOUTH IN FOCUS: AN INTERVIEW WITH AMAL Khdeer

Amal Khdeer is from Nablus and graduated from An-Najah National University with a degree in Business Management. What made you apply for the STEP! program? This is my third session volunteering at TYO. Initially, I joined the program because I wanted to gain work experience in order to enhance my CV.  This continues to be a motivating factor for returning to TYO. Additionally, I heard that native English speaking interns come to TYO and I saw this as an opportunity to practice and improve my English skills. Beyond improving my hard skills, ultimately I find the volunteer program at TYO Continue reading…

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C is for Curiosity

At Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, our halls and classrooms are buzzing with nearly one hundred and fifty 4-5 year old students by 8:30 AM. As a new Fall Intern, I watched in excitement as the children filed into my first morning Core Child Program English class, wide-eyed and curious. I’m sure their heads were filled with questions about who I was, where I was from, and why I was speaking so strangely. I soon witnessed, however, how the students were able to transform their initial curiosity about my foreign-ness into curiosity and aptitude for learning English. Scientific research concerned with language acquisition Continue reading…

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New beginnings aren’t always easy

After many hours of planning and preparation, the Fall session is at last underway and the sound of laughter and chatter once again fills the halls and classrooms at TYO. Children from the most undeserved areas of Nablus are greeted with smiling faces from TYO staff as everyone excitedly welcomes the children back to TYO. But as is often the case at the beginning of the session, some children in the Core AM program struggle with attachment and separation anxiety issues. For many of TYO’s youngest beneficiaries (4 & 5 years old) coming to TYO marks the first time in Continue reading…

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Welcome Fall 2014 interns!

TYO is pleased to introduce the Fall 2014 International Interns! They come from diverse backgrounds – all the way from Washington and Colorado in the United States. Read all about them! Jade Jade grew up in Washington State. After finishing high school, she moved to Seattle to work full time as an AmeriCorps literacy tutor with a prominent immigrant and refugee community. Her work with AmeriCorps inspired her to study Linguistics and Human Rights at the University of Washington. While at the UW she’s been involved in social justice pursuits and college readiness mentorship, leading a university seminar on anti-racist activism and mentorship. Additionally, Continue reading…