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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Rachel Widany TYO gave me more tools and experience than you could imagine coming out of a four month experience. If you take the program seriously they really set you up for excellence in a challenging field, and I could not be more grateful for the experience. Originally from Pittsburg, PA Rachel taught Games & Sports, Fitness IT as part of The Women’s Group and Professional Competency at An-Najah University as an intern at TYO Nablus in the fall of 2013. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO?  My favorite moment at TYO took place during a game we were playing Continue reading…

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Women Hold Up Half the Sky

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization believes that women in the Middle East are a source of great and often un-tapped potential levers for the individual and collective change that the region sorely needs to overcome current economic and social challenges. In recent decades, Middle Eastern women have made great progress at gaining more equal access to education, but that has not yet translated into more access to employment outside the home. According to Bettina Bastian’s March 2015 Middle East Business article Against All Odds: Women Entrepreneurs in the Region, “Middle Eastern and North African countries (MENA) have made some progress in reducing Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Salah

Salah is a 24 year-old volunteer with TYO’s Core Child Program and was born and raised in Balata Camp in Nablus. Salah comes from a family that believes strongly in the importance of education and they see education as the only way to fight against a life within the refugee camps.  All of his siblings have attended university and he is currently in his last year at Al Quds Open University studying economics. Salah was also the recipient of the TYO Scholarship in 2013.  TYO interviewed Salah about his connection to TYO, what his hopes are for his future career, and the obstacles he Continue reading…

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Welcome to TYO Summer Camp 2015!

As the days get hotter, the ice cream melts faster, and the outdoor fun gets louder, we here at TYO only have one thing on our minds: Summer Camp 2015! All around the U.S. and other countries in the midst of summer, camps are in full-swing with thousands of youth of all ages experiencing the fun. At TYO, we’ve decided to give our youth in the Khallet al Amood neighborhood of Nablus a similar experience with our 2015 Summer Camp starting Monday, July 27th. For youth in Palestine, focusing on cognitive, emotional, and physical development is often overlooked in formal Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Rafeef

Business: Rafeef’s Cuisine Raised in Tulkarem, Palestine, Rafeef, has always been a talented chef in the kitchen. Friends and family compliment her food, often requesting one of her signature dishes for special occasions. She enjoys cooking and didn’t mind doing an occasional favor for a loved one. With increasing demand however, Rafeef found most of her free time was being spent in the kitchen cooking for others. Although not a formally registered business, she started catering at small events allowing her to earn enough money to expand on the idea. That is when “Rafeef’s Cuisine” was born in 2012. Rafeef Continue reading…

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#LikeAGirl

Do you remember the #LikeAGirl video that took the world by storm in 2014? Now, Always is back with a new video reminding us what it means to be unstoppable #LikeAGirl: A TYO, we focus our programs heavily on women’s and girl’s empowerment. Read a few quotes from our program participants and learn more about their stories by clicking the links: “My interest in volunteering at TYO stemmed from my positive experiences as a child beneficiary at TYO. When I was younger I used to attend classes at TYO. I was in a bad situation and frustrated at that time, but TYO Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Mai

Business: Candles for Life Mai was raised in Jenin, Palestine where she graduated from the Arab American University in 2013 with a degree in Economics. During her academic studies, she had an internship with an organization, Partners for Sustainable Development, empowering youth with the necessary life skills for success. Upon graduating, Mai took the lessons she learned through the internship to create Woman Day After Day (WDAD) in 2013. She noticed that many women were graduating from college and not entering the workforce. She began offering job training skills to prepare young women for the job market and in October Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Lina

Business: Hikayat Al Ward (The Story Of The Flower) When asked, why did you start your business? Lina, 41, from Jenin simply replies, “I love flowers!” Lina has always put in the extra time and money to make sure that she had fresh flowers in her home. Lina began her business informally in her home three years ago. Soon after, she realized that there was much more to be learned in the field and began working at a florists’ shop. In September of 2014, Lina partnered with a fellow florist, who provided the financial backing, and opened a florist shop Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Khalidah

From the small village of Thinabah in Tulkarem, Palestine, Khalidah aspires to one day have her own plus-size clothing line. The idea began a couple years ago as a hobby after attending a training course at Shami Textile Center. In order to buy materials to start producing pieces, she collected on debt that was owed from friends and family. The few dollars she occasionally loaned out to family members added up over the years. Khalidah is very active in her community and learned about the WISE II program at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization through the Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development Continue reading…