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Child’s Play You Say?

Last week, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) launched The Women’s Group Summer 2015 program for women residing in refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus, with a focus on mothers of children in TYO’s Core Child Program. This week concludes our second week of health, nutrition, and exercise seminars alongside IT classes. These seminars have made it overwhelmingly evident that the power and importance of play does not stop in childhood, but continues well into adulthood. The importance of creative play for children is well-known. Imaginative games help young kids express themselves in a positive way, as well as learn empathy through the experience of Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Ohud D.

Ohud D. is from Nablus. She studied teaching methodology at Al-Quds Open University and graduated in 2013. In addition to volunteering at TYO, she is working on a short-term project offering lectures to children and their moms about health and nutrition. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? How did you hear about us?  I follow TYO on Facebook and often read the posts and news about what is happening at the organization. Through what I saw on Facebook, I saw TYO as a great place to develop my professional skills and gain experience working with children, so Continue reading…

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A TYO Core Program Success Story: Raghad

As we head into the eleventh week of our Core 4-5 year-old program this Spring, and week 8 of our Core 6-8 year-old program, our teachers took time to reflect back on the start of the program in February and the greatest successes and challenges they had faced thus far. One success echoed by everyone on the team was the incredible growth they had seen in the personality and socio-emotional skills of a few specific students. They recalled previously hyperactive kids who had now become classroom leaders in engagement and participation; extremely shy children who could now speak with confidence Continue reading…

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Ending the “Soft” vs. “Hard” Skills Debate

Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a report Skills for Social Progress synthesizing previous research on the importance of socio-emotional skills, as well as the most effective strategies for building those skills. The report pulls together data from previous OECD reports on the role of socio-emotional skills in helping individuals achieve personal well-being and social progress (as measured by education, labor market outcomes, family life, health, civic engagement, and overall life satisfaction). It also highlights the specific strategies empirically proven to improve socio-emotional skills – both on-the-ground strategies for parents, families, and teachers, as well as Continue reading…

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TYO and Google One Today

Have you heard of the One Today app by Google? One Today lets users easily give $1 each day to causes and nonprofits that inspire them. It’s a way to make an easy, affordable, one-time donation to causes that you want to support. Each organization presents a compelling statistic that explain why the work they do is so crucial, and you’ll learn how just $1 truly can make a difference. We’re excited to announce that TYO is now on One Today! Here’s our story: According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 93% of children in Palestine have faced domestic violence. At TYO, we implement holistic, Continue reading…

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Time to Break a Sweat and Bust a Move

You know that feeling too well, when you step off the treadmill, wipe the last bead of sweat off your brow after a hot yoga class, or finish a long hike. You get that rush of energy, your mood is uplifted  and you feel confident to take on whatever the day may bring your way. The physical and mental benefits of regular physical activity are hard to ignore and are yours for the taking – regardless of your age, sex, or socioeconomic status. While your goal may be just to shake off a case of the Mondays, exercise offers countless Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Somaya M.

Somayya M. is from Sarra, a village outside of Nablus. In 2014, she graduated from An Najah National University with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. How did you hear about TYO, and what sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? While in university, I took an English language course with Denise, one of the interns in TYO’s international internship program. Through the experience, I became very interested in volunteering at TYO and specifically working with the international interns in order to improve my English. I applied and was accepted as a volunteer in the early childhood Continue reading…

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Intern Alumni Guest Post: Amanda

This blog post features former intern Amanda as she reflects on her time as a TYO intern last summer in Nablus. I had been studying Kathleen Hanna directly prior to my arrival in Nablus. Kathleen Hanna was the original Punk Rock girl in the 80s. She started a feminist movement because she used her fame to preach about the necessity for equality for women. She would often be heard at her shows screaming “GIRLS IN THE FRONT, GIRLS IN THE FRONT” to make men move away from the front of the stage and create a safe environment for women to dance Continue reading…

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Communication: the key to getting ahead in today’s world

Last week, TYO attended an event at Brookings entitled: Ready to be counted? Incorporating noncognitive skills into education policy. Several great speakers and policy makers spoke about the value of non cognitive skills and how they should best be incorporated into the formal education system. Although the speakers had various opinions about how bed to successfully incorporate non cognitive-based learning in the classroom, everyone agreed: non cognitive skills are critical for healthy life development. Sometimes, extracurricular or after school programming is left filling the gaps. Non cognitive skills, as defined by Brookings, can otherwise be “referred to as social-emotional skills, soft Continue reading…

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Welcoming Zahi Khouri Fellow Vanessa!

TYO is thrilled to introduce our newest Zahi Khouri Fellow, Vanessa. Vanessa received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Georgia State University and before joining TYO, she was a Lead Designer at the Racial Justice Action Center in Atlanta, GA. While in the US, she was very active in women’s rights and empowerment. During her fellowship at TYO, Vanessa will lead incubation courses for women entrepreneurs from the Northern West Bank as a part of the WISE II Program and lead fitness and health seminars in The Women’s Group. In addition, she will support TYO’s youngest beneficiaries through the Core Child Program. Vanessa is a Palestinian-Iraqi Continue reading…