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Beyond Expectations: The Success Story of Waed Abuzant

Waed Abuzant was born and raised in Nablus. She studied Elementary Education at An Najah University. After graduating in 2013, she did an internship with a communication company. Waed began her experience with TYO as a volunteer in the Core AM program for 2 years before becoming a local intern and a student in the STEP! II EFL program. What was your experience learning English in school and in university? In school, I started studying English in grade 5 and continued to study until I took the final exam called tawjihi in high school.  I had a private English tutor Continue reading…

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Interview with Sumood Jamlan

Tell us about your business. What do you do, where do you sell your products, and who are your customers? My name is Sumood Jamlan. I am from Aseera village outside of Nablus and I have a business called Shal. I make embroidered bags, shawls, and accessories to sell online and in exhibitions, primarily to young women. I started making embroidered products in 2010, but at that time it was merely a hobby. It wasn’t until I joined Tomorrow’s Youth Organization’s (TYO) Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East (FWEME) project in 2012 that I learned there were steps I Continue reading…

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Homeward Bound; Yalla Bye!

My students once asked me, “Why do American children always leave their families at 18? Do they not care about their families?”  While speaking in a second language does lend itself to bluntness, I could see why my class wondered this about my culture.  After all, they were speaking to a North American who had uprooted her life to move to Palestine.  Being a beginner class, I struggled through an answer that did justice to the complexity of the question while using simple and, hopefully, understandable vocabulary. In Palestine, family bonds are ultimate.  For me personally, while family bonds are Continue reading…

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Interview with Sonia Abu Ayyesh

Can you tell me about any changes you have seen in your daughter Malak since she joined TYO’s Core program? How were they before, during, and after? Malak has had the pleasure of participating in two Core Early Childhood Program sessions. Before joining TYO, she was very shy, would run away from strangers, and refused to talk to anyone who was not in our immediate family. She was afraid of most people and if someone came to our door, she would run and hide. She was also very sensitive—simple questions would make her run away and cry. Now she loves Continue reading…

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So Long and Thanks for All the Hummus!

When I decided to come to TYO, it wasn’t an easy decision. Not because the organization didn’t interest me—far from it. But rather because the position of teacher in a classroom, especially a classroom of my peers, is not something I’ve ever aspired to. In fact, the idea of it has always been intimidating, if not terrifying. I’m not someone who enjoys standing in front of a crowd, no matter how small. I’ve taught children, and worked in the education sector, but these are a far cry from teaching college students and graduates. So it was not an easy decision Continue reading…

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Making Our List, Checking It Twice

TYO’s work is incredibly rewarding. When we are in session, approximately 500 people walk through our doors every day ready to make a positive impact on themselves or the people we work alongside. One of the most rewarding elements of our work is when we see real improvement and benefit to our beneficiaries every day lives. When one of our APWE micro-enterprise entrepreneurs increases their profit, or a STEP! II student exhibits a firmer grasp on the English language, or simply when a Core Child Program participant takes a homemade card home to his or her mother we know we are doing Continue reading…

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A Fond Farewell

My time at TYO, much like my experiences in Nablus and Palestine as a whole, has been without a doubt one of the most valuable learning experiences I have had and could dream of having in my life. There are so many things that make this organization what it is, from it’s mission in Nablus and Palestine at large, down to those staff, interns, volunteers and beneficiaries that make up the organization. I was brought back to TYO after coming here for another session as a fellow in the Fall 2015 session, and though my role and responsibilities were quite Continue reading…

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Volunteer, Intern, and Teacher; The Success Story of Tamara Halabi

Tamara Halabi was born and raised in Rujeeb village located outside Nablus.  She received her Bachelor’s in French and Master’s in Teaching Methods. Prior to joining TYO, Tamara commuted from her small village outside Nablus to Ramallah working in customer service for Jawwal, a cellular communications company. In fall 2015, Tamara joined the TYO family as a volunteer, served as a local volunteer, and recently accepted a position as Core Program teacher. What has your professional experience been like outside of TYO? Right after graduation, I worked with Jawwal Telecommunication Company in customer service for 3 years. It was my Continue reading…

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Building a Connection into the Future

My experience at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization as an EFL fellow in the STEP II program has impacted me in many ways and I am grateful for this.  Being a fellow here takes dedication, hard work, empathy, and a lot of flexibility.    TYO gave me plenty of time to work on and reflect upon my teaching.  The energy and time spent on lessons and teaching paid off in successes in the classroom.  I am so grateful for this opportunity and I believe the time I spent focused on lesson planning, teaching and reflecting has made me a better teacher in qualifiable Continue reading…