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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Rosie Chapman I think TYO changed me for good. My experience there gave me confidence in my own abilities and changed the way I saw the world. Originally from Honiton, England Rosie taught Sports for adolescents, Fitness class 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 favourite moment from TYO was probably one of the times we played basketball in the children’s sports class. All the kids played together really well and looked so happy the whole Continue reading…

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Hear Us Roar!

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) believes that women and girls in the Middle East have the potential to be the dynamic change-makers the region needs to overcome current economic and social challenges. As such, we provide a wide-range of programming for women from Nablus, Tulkarem, Jenin, and their surrounding villages. Since 2009, TYO has prioritized entrepreneurship programs specifically tailored to the address the needs of women in Northern Palestine. With the support of PalTel Group and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, we have empowered women entrepreneurs and provided them with the tools and skills needed to grow profitable and sustainable businesses that Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Sa’eda

Business:  Al Marsa Industrial Tatreese From Beit Leid in Tulkaram, Palestine, Sa’eda, 46, always had a passion for learning. In 1993, she received an Associate’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education in Jordan and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Al Quds’ Open University in 2007. In between earning her two university degrees, Sa’eda worked at a preschool while taking courses in pediatric rehabilitation. She utilizes these skills every summer when she returns to Jordan to work with children at a summer camp. As a young child, Sa’eda’s mother taught her how to make traditional Palestinian embroidery. Continue reading…

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The Road to Tulkarem is Paved in Gold

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of taking a weekend trip to visit four entrepreneurs from the Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs II (WISE II) program. In August 2014, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization and PalTel Group Foundation (PGF) launched WISE II, a program that enhances women-led micro and small enterprises in marginalized areas in northern Palestine. WISE II empowered high-potential Palestinian women through an innovative, holistic, and intensive business incubation. Through skills based training, coaching, and incubation, WISE II was a strategic multi-phase program to build the capabilities, confidence and access to capital for women entrepreneurs in Palestine. As a Zahi Khouri Fellow Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Rola

Business: Al Jana’ Rayan (Paradise Honey) For the past 17 years, Rola from Tulkarem, Palestine has been a devoted mother and wife. In 2012, she realized that her monotonous routine was erasing who she was as a person. That is when she decided it was time to make a change and focus on herself. Rola came up with the concept of producing all-natural honey. To her, the queen bee metaphorically represents Rola’s belief of a woman’s role in life. She is the one in charge of the beehive and without her it would cease to survive and thrive on its Continue reading…

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TYO’s Karate Kids!

This summer, 9-14 year old children in our Summer Camp have had the opportunity to experience a number of different sports and activities – volleyball, drama, singing lessons, soccer, and dabke, as well as many art, critical thinking, and literacy activities emphasizing a sense of community and communication skills. By far one of the greatest hits of Summer Camp has been our weekly Karate classes with trainers from a local Nablus martial arts center. Last week, we interviewed one of the trainers who holds 15 international medals in Karate – the highest in Palestine – and has welcomed trainers from Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An Interview with Scholarship Recipient Julia Awwad

Julia Awwad, a volunteer in TYO’s Spring 2015 Core Child Program session and our current Summer Camp, is the winner of this year’s University Scholarship Competition. Hear her thoughts on youth employability and women’s empowerment. What is your reaction to receiving this scholarship? I cannot express how happy I am. The news of this scholarship came at just the right time. My financial situation has been extremely difficult and unpredictable, particularly during the last few years while I have been in college. Yesterday, as soon as I received the scholarship, the first person I told was my father, who until Continue reading…

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Palestinian Women Break Through the Glass Ceiling of Lending Practices

Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE) is TYO’s fifth entrepreneurship program that seeks to help women in Northern Palestine establish or expand their micro-businesses. TYO provides women with the opportunity to attend psychological and social trainings with TYO’s in-house psychologist; develop or refine their business plans with Ramallah-based Small Enterprise Center (SEC); participate in a three-week business English and IT intensive; and create their marketing materials after working with a branding and marketing expert. While APWE will provide a plethora of trainings for their existing and budding entrepreneurs, there is a larger societal issue TYO seeks to address and help solve in order for all female entrepreneurship Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Reema

Business: Yaboos Soap Originally from Kufor Zabad, a village outside of Tulkarem, Palestine, Reema has always been a working professional. Throughout her academic career and after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in History from Al Quds Open University in 2012, she held various office jobs. This was not something that she enjoyed or saw herself doing as a career. Reema was constantly thinking of different ways to become independent and be her own boss. After attending a few courses at a local women’s community center, she fell in love with the idea of making soap. Many of the supplies necessary Continue reading…

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Stepping Up Early Childhood Education

Earlier this month, Vicki Palmer – an early childhood teaching veteran and founder of TicTacTeach, an online community and resource center for early childhood educators – shared with us the Key Benefits of Early Childhood Education. For Palmer, the first few years of a child’s life are most important for teaching life skills: cooperation, resilience, enthusiasm for life-long learning, exposure to diversity and respect, concentration, patience, and self-esteem. Palmer notes, “When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future” – and there Continue reading…