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Human of Nablus 5

“Through 5 weeks of professional competency classes, I would say that my favourite week was the week we worked on public speaking. I feel that it’s a valuable tool we don’t get to practice much. We learned how to market ourselves, and become more comfortable speaking in front of a large group. The activities we did on improvisation were really hard, but overall it’s been a great experience!” “خلال الاسابيع الخمسة لصفوف الكفاءات المهنية استطيع ان اقول بان اسبوعي المفضل كان الاسبوع المخصص لموضوع الخطابة او التحدث الى العامه اشعر بان هذا الموضوع هو اداه هامه لا نقوم بالعادة على Continue reading…

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Time to Start Your Entrepreneurship Engines!

Since 2011, TYO has prioritized entrepreneurship programs specifically tailored to address the needs of women in Northern Palestine. With the support of the Cherie Blaire Foundation and PalTel Group Foundation, TYO’s women’s economic development programs have provided intensive business development training, coaching, and confidence-building activities for women to develop their own business plans, craft their branding and marketing strategies and materials, and eventually gain access to capitol through small business loans. We are excited to announce that after many months of preparation, needs assessment sessions, and strategic outreach, the Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs has begun! The women will be offered Continue reading…

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Answering the Call for Creativity

I spent my first Friday in Nablus with one of TYO’s youth volunteers and her family. She has five children and her oldest daughter had just begun her final year of high school. I was there for many hours enjoying lunch and was struck by her daughter’s dedication to studying for the Tawjihi, the matriculation exam used in Palestinian schools. As I helped her review some of her English comprehension, she explained that high marks determine where you can go to university and even dictate the job you can get. She explained that you begin to prepare for this exam Continue reading…

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Youth In Focus: An Interview with Shurooq A.

Shurooq, originally from Nablus, is married with 5 children. She owns her own small business, Nawa’em Art. Shurooq began creating stained glass home décor as a hobby 12 years ago, but through a micro loan and TYO’s Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs II (WISE II) Program, she has been able to expand her business from exclusively glass to now wood and ceramics. She sells her art to the public through craft fairs and specialty orders. This is her first session as a volunteer. You participated in TYO’s WISE II Program, why did you decide to volunteer in the Core Child Program Continue reading…

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Click, Copy, Paste!

Computer literacy in the 21st century is not just important, it is essential. Increasingly, our lives are dominated by evolving technology. Technology grows at such a rapid pace that even those among us who have been students of technology since we were young can find it hard to keep up. In many instances, this skill is generational. Computer technology boomed throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s, and as such, a generation of young people that grew up in those years and beyond has had the privilege of learning it through school, as a subject as essential as learning a second Continue reading…

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Universal Children’s Day 2015

Today, November 20th has been declared by the UN as Universal Children’s Day. On this day, we want to share this powerful quote: “The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard. “ – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon We couldn’t agree more! We want to share with you a video produced by UNRWA, about human rights for all children. We think it’s great and we can’t wait to show it to our children in Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 4

“Every day I pickup the kids from Balata refugee camp. Of course these kids are different from kids that live in the city neighbourhoods; it would be hard not to be. They are a community of 40,000 people that basically live on top of each other. Some people say that they have tougher personalities, but the thing I noticed the most is how close they are as a community. There are lots of negatives about growing up in a refugee camp, but that is one nice thing I see all the time. “ اقوم يوميا بنقل اطفال المنظمة من مخيم Continue reading…

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Youth In Focus: An Interview with Ola A.

A resident of the Khallet al Amood neighborhood, Ola graduated from An-Najah National University with a degree in Teaching English. She works part time as a secretary at the Culture and Science Center in downtown Nablus. This is her second session volunteering with TYO. You expressed preference for working alongside TYO’s International Interns – why is that? Simply, I find the exposure to many different people here at TYO valuable. While I had to make a few logistical changes to my academic schedule last semester, which consequently cut down my time with TYO, I knew I needed to make volunteering with Continue reading…

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An American in Nablus

When you are given a job that requires all of your undivided attention, like teaching English to 240 wonderful Palestinian children, it is easy to put blinders on and solely concentrate on the task at hand. When I was recently asked how I was exercising cross-cultural exchange I thought: I’m doing it every day by teaching English, a foreign language. It never occurred to me that I am, in fact, doing much more by merely being around the volunteers and staff at TYO. I speak very little Arabic and the language barrier has posed a number of challenges, many of which Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 4

This is going up on the TYO Facebook page? I should have shaved this morning! !هل حقا سيتم نشر ذلك على فيس بوك منظمة شباب الغد؟ كان علي ان احلق ذقني هذا الصباح Related posts:Humans of Nablus 13Humans of Nablus 17Humans of Nablus 23