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Developing resiliancy through group work

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that prolonged exposure to abuse or traumatic events in childhood stunts emotional development and puts children at greater risk of developing personality disorders or depression later in life. This is a concerning reality for those working in early childhood education in wartorn regions. According to a UNICEF report regarding the rights of childrenv, the ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory is a place where children may become, deliberately or incidentally, the victims of extreme acts of violence and brutality, such as targeted and/or negligent killings, indiscriminate attacks on their homes, Continue reading…

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Youth in focus: An interview with Sahar I.

Sahar I. is from Salem. She graduated in 2006 from An-Najah National University with a degree in Arabic Literature and Language. What made you apply for STEP?! I was interested in applying for STEP! because I thought it was a good opportunity to develop myself and improve my skills at they pertain to working with children. Thus far I’ve benefited a lot from this experience and have even been able to apply the discipline tecniques I’ve learned at TYO on my daughters at home. This has been such a positive experience and I hope to one day be able to Continue reading…

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Addressing the ‘Why?’

The ‘why’ stage- it’s the often joked about stage of child development where children are so wildly filled will curiosity about the world around them that it seems every other word out of their mouths is ‘why’. Addressing and encouraging children’s natural curiosity is critical to shaping the type of thinkers they will be later in life. They need to be provided with answers, but they also need to feel competent and that they are capable of understanding the complexities of the world around them. If a child is made to feel that they are not fit to learn on their Continue reading…

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Departing Palestine: It’s Only Goodbye for Now

Two weeks after taking my last final for university, I boarded a plane bound to Tel Aviv to begin my session as an International Intern with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization in Nablus, Palestine. I didn’t know what to expect and couldn’t anticipate the incredible impact that my relatively brief time here would have on me. Throughout my time as an intern at TYO, I have heard the stories of people in this community, have seen the ingenuity of children at play, and listened as university students expressed their passions and the ways in which they hope to make a difference in Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Shorooq A.

Shorooq A. is from Nablus, Palestine. She graduated in 2014 from Al-Quds Open University with a degree in in Social Sciences Teaching Methods. What made you apply for STEP?! I was interested in applying for TYO’s STEP! program so I could gain work experience. I’m a new graduate and really need to focus on building a strong CV as well as improving my skills. I would like to work as a teacher, so it is very helpful for be to be able to observe the Core Teachers and practice various teaching techniques on the children in the classroom. Finally, I feel Continue reading…

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Until Next Time

Every day in my Core English course, my students left the classroom yelling, “Goodbye! Goodbye!” They waved furiously, ecstatic at the opportunity to demonstrate their new English skills. I smiled and laughed at their enthusiasm, giving them countless high-fives in return for their hard work. Now, that word takes on a new meaning to me as my internship with TYO comes to an end and I prepare to leave Nablus. Though my time here was relatively short, the mutual impact that my students and I had on each other is palpable. As my first time in Palestine and the Middle Continue reading…

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Core Children Learn Core Values

It is important in any context to equip young children with a strong sense of self-worth. Children who do not see themselves as valuable are less likely to achieve their full potential in schools. When an individual’s internal life is damaged, it dictates how they interact with the world around them as behavior is a result of what an individual is are feeling. That being said, in Palestine’s hyper-militarized environment where a disproportionate amount of physical and psychological violence is inflicted on children, helping children to overcome personal trauma and build resiliency, is not only a challenge, but is also paramount to ensuring later Continue reading…

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Great Gains in TYO’s After-School Program

On the first day of my After-School ESL and Psychosocial class with TYO’s International Internship program, I remember being incredibly nervous. Having worked with 6th & 7th graders in different capacities back in the United States, I knew that it could be challenging to engage this age group and I felt some anxiety over ensuring that their time in my class would be positive and beneficial to their learning. Now, I know that such feelings were misplaced as I have witnessed the growth of my students over our six weeks together at TYO. In the beginning students were often shy Continue reading…

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Youth in focus: an interview with Hana Qut

Hana Qut from is from Nablus. She graduated in 2009 from An-Najah National University with a degree in English Language and Literature and a degree in Rehabilitation from Al-Quds Open University in 2014. What made you apply for STEP?! I was interested in applying for STEP! primarily for the opportunity to work with children. From my experience as a teacher I understand that many of the children in Nablus need additional support. Additionally, I wanted to improve my own skills in working with children- particularly my leadership skills. What new skills have your learned through the program? Thus far I’ve Continue reading…

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The Perfect Storm

For the last six weeks as a TYO intern, I have been implementing an English and psychosocial curriculum for my class of 4th and 5th grade students who come from Nablus’ refugee camps and Old City. TYO aims to provide a safe and fun learning environment for its beneficiaries; our curriculum emphasizes creative thinking and non-formal approaches to education through experiential learning. The students, many of whom have been previously enrolled in TYO’s Core program, are at a critical age for social and emotional development. At the beginning of the session, I saw in theory how TYO’s psychosocial curricula would Continue reading…