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Lessons Learned From a Sweet Return

As a returnee to TYO, I had already witnessed the incredible work of the organization. In fact, I was worried that having taught at TYO before, my experience as a fellow would be repetitive. I was wrong! My experience in the EFL program changed me tremendously. Specifically, I learned what it meant to be a foreign language teacher, the importance of education, and the pride teachers can garner from watching their students grow. In my time as an intern in 2013, I taught numerous courses including one, hour-long English class at An-Najah University. Although teaching a variety of courses made Continue reading…

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I work at TYO as a guard. I love everything about TYO and the center. I see how not only the kids are treated but how everyone is treated here as a whole. And that is how I strive to treat people. I’ve learned that respect for other people is the most important thing and that is what I love most about being here. أعمل في منظمة شباب الغد كحارس , أحب كل ما يتعلق بالمنظمة فانا لا ارى فقط كيفية معاملة الاطفال وانما كيفية معاملة الجميع بشكل عام , معاملة تستند على الاحترام وعلى هذا استند عند معاملتي للناس. Continue reading…

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Breaking Bread and Building Relationships

Last week, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization had the pleasure of hosting representatives from our Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE) project partner, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women . Tomorrow’s Youth Organization and the Foundation have partnered since 2009 to empower women entrepreneurs in Northern Palestine and provide them with the tools and skills needed to grow profitable and sustainable micro-businesses that are scalable and facilitate job creation. During the three-day visit, the Foundation staff met eight APWE entrepreneurs residing in Nablus, Toubas, Jenin and their surrounding villages. The entrepreneurs spoke about their triumphs and challenges, the ways in which their families Continue reading…

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Riding Off into the Sunset

The past twelve weeks my surrounding fellows and I have embarked on a journey that we will forever hold in our hearts. Before I started my work at TYO I was worried about many things and questioned myself. The biggest question I asked myself was, ‘Would I actually be able to make an impact on the surrounding community’? Throughout my time here I have answered that question. Within my life I have come to Palestine just about every year for vacation, but have never stayed longer than three weeks. I currently have dual citizenship in Palestine and the United States, Continue reading…

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I have wanted to be a volunteer for a long time. I came to TYO to be part of a big organization and to help people. I didn’t know about the children’s program, but once I heard it was available I got excited because I love being around children and seeing them smile. The thing I think about daily is how I am going to help the children enjoy their time at TYO and how I can help better their lives. أردت ان اكون متطوع منذ وقت طويل . أتيت الى منظمة شباب الغد لاكون جزءا من مؤسسة كبيرة واساعد الناس. Continue reading…

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Ola Dwikate: Language Learning Can Be Fun!

Ola Dwikat is from Al Masaken neighborhood in Nablus. She graduated from An Najah University in 2014 with a degree in elementary education. She has been a volunteer at TYO with the Core PM program for 1 year. In addition to volunteering with Core, she participates in the Step! II EFL program.  What has been your experience learning English before, in school and in university? English education was very boring in public school and at university. Classes gave information by writing the word on the board and explaining the definition. The traditional way of teaching was not enjoyable. Classes are Continue reading…

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Imagining a Better World; Using Creative Writing in English Class

It is a common refrain for teachers to hear that their students dislike writing and writing exercises. Whether in their native language or a second language, it seems practicing writing does not capture the interest or imagination of students very well. Certainly in the STEP! II program here at TYO, the resistance many students had to writing at the beginning of the program was clear. Students, when asked to write anything they wanted about a given picture, often chose to write nothing. Whether out of fear or lack of vocabulary, this clearly needed to be addressed in our lessons. Some Continue reading…

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New Approaches, New Results

As we finish up the STEP II program, and students reflect on what they have learned and their experiences in the classroom, the teachers also must consider their teaching styles and foci. Yesterday, as I was interviewing a young man, he told me that he doesn’t like grammar—for him, the most important thing is that he understands people and they understand him. With that as his benchmark, he has undoubtedly succeeded in his English education. While his sentences are not grammatically sound, he is articulate and can confidently make himself understood. But if asked, he probably could not articulate the Continue reading…

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I came to TYO to improve myself and the lives of other people around me. It is a wonderful experience for me being here and I enjoy the service I am providing for others. In the future I would love to have my own organization to provide more services for the children and women that are in need. I want to open a school for the students that are always in the streets. They should be taught life experiences just like TYO does presently. It is my goal to take children off the streets and to educate them. Knowledge is power. Continue reading…

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Breaking a Sweat, Breaking Isolation

Last week, the The Women’s Group’s Spring 2016 session came to a close. The Women’s Group is a program for women residing in refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus with a focus on the mothers of children in TYO’s Core Child Program. This session, TYO has been proud to offer fitness and nutrition classes taught by our Spring 2016 Zahi Khouri Fellow, Beginner’s English classes, and educational seminars that focus on mental health, physical well-being, and child-rearing. Our Spring 2016 session culminated with a trip to a local park in Nablus where 60 Women’s Group participants gathered together to eat delicious food, reminisce Continue reading…