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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015

Every year, during the month of October, the US recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Established by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month educates and encourages communities to help put an end to domestic violence. Globally, women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data. But there’s also a global misconception that domestic violence victims are restricted to women and young children. And while women and children are statistically most at-risk, research shows that domestic violence impacts women, men, and children of every age, background, and belief. Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 2

TYO has definitely changed me as a person. It has become a part of me in so many ways, partly because this is the first and only place I have ever had the chance to work. Coming here has made me realize that I am capable of anything as a Palestinian woman, which has been invaluable to me. At TYO, as in Nablus, we grow together and learn together, and that is clear to anyone who comes here. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had here. منظمة شباب الغد وبكل تأكيد غيرت الكثير بشخصيتي! أصبحت تعتبر جزءا Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 1

Have you heard of the ever popular Humans of New York? It’s a photography initiative that’s taken social media by storm.The movement features portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York. The stories have been sad, funny, encouraging and moving but the true beauty of Humans of New York, is that it celebrates the city’s diversity – everyone has a story to tell. Many other cities have jumped on the “Humans of..” movement and we’re so excited to share our newest series: Humans of Nablus. This week, our theme in the kids’ program is community. Teaching that, I’ve really had a Continue reading…

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You Say Potato, I Say Po-taa-toe

Crossing cultural boundaries is not easy. For many of us, it involves a major commitment to learn new things, meet new people, try new food, speak new languages, and live a completely new life. Immersing yourself in a cultural exchange can certainly prove to be difficult, but for all of its challenges, it can be equally as rewarding. For those of us who try to consider ourselves global citizens as opposed to citizens of one country, cultural exchanges are essential. It is one way in which we allow ourselves to experience elements of another culture, while also sharing knowledge of Continue reading…

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The Journey Ahead

Upon receiving my acceptance into TYO’s intern program, I immediately began to prepare myself. I’d never had as much as a layover in the Middle East, let alone any prior cultural experience, and with zero Arabic it was clear there were going to be some exciting challenges ahead.  Without so much as an idea of what to pack, I made my decision; I was going to Nablus. Prior to any research, Palestine was a place I could only point out on a map and recite some information about that I had read in newspapers. For the record, my parents read Continue reading…

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Touchdown in Nablus

It is difficult to put my first impressions into words. When I finally got the call that I would be coming to Nablus after weeks of interviews and preparation, I literally could not contain my excitement. I distinctly remember being in my kitchen preparing dinner, and I immediately began jumping up and down in excitement. It was the best news I had received in a very long time. As the son of Palestinian refugees, coming to Palestine was always extremely important to me. More than anything, I had a burning desire to understand the reasons why my father’s eyes would Continue reading…

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International Day of Rural Women

Today, October 15th, is recognized by the United Nations as International Day of Rural Women. According to the United Nations, “Rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarter of the total world population. In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force, and produce, process and prepare much of the food available, thereby giving them primary responsibility for food security.” The majority of the entrepreneurs that Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) works with through the Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE) program live in Continue reading…

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World Mental Health Day 2015

Today, October 10th, is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is “Dignity in Mental Health” and we’re helping raise awareness for people with mental health conditions so that they can live with dignity. According to WHO, people living with mental health conditions are often “discriminated against, stigmatized and marginalized” and are also sometimes “subject to emotional and physical abuse in both mental health facilities and the community.” This is especially the case in the Middle East and in Palestine. A recent article from the Thomson Reuters Foundation explains how in Gaza, females are refusing mental health Continue reading…

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Welcoming our Fall 2015 Zahi Khouri Fellow, Moh!

​Mohammad, or ‘Moh,’ is thrilled to join TYO this fall as a Zahi Khouri Fellow! Last spring, Moh graduated from Ottawa University with a degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. Throughout university, Moh got involved with local youth empowerment and engagement initiatives, including working with the Ottawa police as the coordinator for their Youth in Policing Initiative program; the program aimed to involve youth from at-risk communities in the Ottawa area with the programs and services offered by the Ottawa police. Though born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, his roots are actually quite close to Nablus. He comes from Continue reading…

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Welcoming our Fall 2015 Intern, Sarah!

Sarah is very excited to join the TYO team and work with children and families in the Nablus community​, specifically teaching ESL to children in our Core early childhood program and volunteers in our Youth Service Learning program.​ Born and raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, she graduated from Gettysburg College in 2013 with a degree in Globalization Studies, focusing on the nexus between health, gender, and development, and a minor in Health Science and Peace and Justice Studies. While at university, she spent a semester in Durban, South Africa participating in a social and political post-conflict reconstruction program.  Additionally, she Continue reading…