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Humans of Nablus 25

When I graduated from university, I wanted to work in Dubai with my brother. I went, but I wasn’t able to stay because I didn’t have good English speaking skills. So now, I work with my father in his restaurant during the week and with an electricity company on the weekends. I am studying English at TYO because I want to try to go abroad again. I love my city and my country, but I need my brother’s help. He has a good job and I can work with him, once I learn better English. I love TYO; it is a great Continue reading…

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From the “English Only Zone” to the World

“Salut! Vous êtes là pour le cours?” asked me my language teacher in my first French course at the university ten years ago. I must admit, I froze up and looked at her with shy and timorous eyes, while searching deep in my mind and childhood memories for an appropriate answer. I was lost in one of those rare moments when you don’t know what to respond or even how to react. Just like me at that time, the incursion into the world of bilingualism for plenty of new language learners may not be a very pleasant experience. Listening to Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 24

I hope to become a writer. I love writing. I started when I was 10 years old by writing about what happened in my day, then about what I was thinking–what I loved. Now, I love to write poetry. When I write poetry, I don’t have to think. I just write, and the words become poetic. اتمنى ان اصبح كاتبا , لانني احب الكتابة , فقد بدأت الكتابة منذ كان عمري 10 سنوات حيث كنت اكتب عن ما حصل معي خلال اليوم وعن ما يجول بخاطري من خواطر وهذا شيء كنت احبه كثيرا والان احب كتابة الشعر فعندما اكتب الشعر Continue reading…

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Slowly, Slowly

It’s another day of English class for the STEP! II students at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization. Four weeks into classes, the atmosphere now is different from that of the first day: less jittery and excited to be sure, but much more comfortable, and therefore even more productive. The past month has been a whirlwind of learning: for four hours, every Monday through Thursday, students of all levels have been engaging with English. They’ve worked on projects from podcasts to paintings, examined new grammatical structures, and built a strong vocabulary base. These sorts of accomplishments are small and easy to measure, but Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 23

I love working with the kids at TYO because they have so much respect for the rules. I want to put these rules in every school in Palestine. For example, the kids only eat healthy foods, and they always clean their hands before and after eating. We have an expression in Arabic that says that teaching little kids is like carving into a stone, because once they learn the rules, they never forget them. احب العمل مع الاطفال في منظمه شباب الغد  كثيرا لان لديهم احترام للقوانين .اريد ان تطبق هذه القوانين في كل مدرسه بفلسطين فمثلا لا ياكل الاطفال Continue reading…

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The Positive Power of Yes: The Success Story of Waed Bsharat

Waed Bsharat is from a village called Tammun. She recently graduated with a degree in business administration from Al Quds Open University in Tubas. She heard about Tomorrow’s Youth Organization from a friend, who said that TYO was a fun and interesting place to volunteer. Waed always volunteered at the university because it was required, but had never volunteered because she wanted to do something for herself. When she heard there were kids involved, she immediately knew she wanted to volunteer because she loves kids.  She found out she could register to volunteer with TYO at her university, so she Continue reading…

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More Than Words

Language is powerful. We use language to tell a story, make a point, entertain, argue, and express ourselves. Here at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO), we use language to build a bridge. A two-way bridge with people coming and going on both sides. Learning a new language can be challenging on a number of levels. For me, the most difficult part of this process is the feeling that you cannot truly express yourself in a language that is not your own. Even if you are fluent, it is not always easy to communicate; language has as much to do about knowing Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 22

I am having a great time with the kids at TYO. After my Bachelor’s degree, I would like to continue my studies and accomplish my dream of opening an English club for children. I would like to use my experience to make a lasting impact in the lives of children in the region. Children are very clever, they communicate with other children very easily most of the time. Sometimes, they are afraid of sharing during games and activities with others. I have always wanted to volunteer with children. I love children very much and I would like to use my Continue reading…

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An Excited Student Returns to the Academic Support Program: The Story of Razan

The Summer 2016 Academic Support program is in full swing, filling the Center with the sounds of laughter and children. Although some of the participants in the current session were newly enrolled youth, many were students who had chosen to re-enroll in the TYO program. What encouraged these children and their families to re-enroll? To find out, we spoke with one of the children who participated in both the Spring and Summer sessions this year. Razan Salhab is nine years old. She is in the fourth grade, and lives in the immediate neighborhood of TYO, Khallet El Amoud. She was Continue reading…

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Students Who Feel More, Learn More

This past week, my students performed skits acting out different community events. Students came to the front of the class and implored a parent to let them take a job in Jordan, confronted a neighbor about noise issues, or even groaned loudly from an illness the doctor could not treat. The goal was not only to see community events in action, but for students to feel the different emotions that these events bring about–to get them to express what another person is feeling. Students’ ability to empathize and take on the perspectives of those different from them can be an Continue reading…