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A Family Affair: Evaluating the Holistic Approach to Education

TYO’s Academic Support Services Program has just begun and is already promising to be a rewarding session. This program provides students between the ages of 9-14 with educational lessons in English, math, and Arabic, as well as homework support. We have many return students and are welcoming new faces to program this fall. Take a look at how TYO’s holistic approach to education can impact entire families and improve relationships in this week’s interview with Wafa, who has two daughters enrolled at TYO, Reem and Aya. Many of the students who join TYO face academic challenges and have issues with Continue reading…

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What Do an Island and the Letter ‘T’ Have in Common?

People often say that jokes are the most difficult thing to translate.  While this can sometimes be  true, joking can actually transcend language barriers.  It’s also a good way to trick people into learning a language.  Comedy is a great way to learn a language, or really anything for that matter.    While the students of my STEP! II EFL class knew Great Britain, Ireland, and other English speaking countries have different dialects, they were entirely unaware that different parts of the United States have different accents. Learning about different American accents was an enormously successful activity in my class Continue reading…

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A Space to Learn, Play, and Grow: A One on One with Raneen

TYO is gearing up to start the Fall Session of the Academic Support Program for students between ages 9-14. What started out as a pilot project for the residents of the Khallet El Amoud neighborhood, the Academic Support Program has been scaled up with incredible success to welcome children from the wider Nablus community, including all four of the refugee camps in the city. This affords the children of the most underserved communities with an opportunity to learn, play, and grow through TYO’s interactive approach to education. New beginnings are also an important time for reflection. As such, we invited Continue reading…

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My goal is to work with children in the local hospital and currently I study Health Management. I received my first degree in nursing and worked with children but I did not know how to deal with them. TYO has given me the opportunity to develop my skills in leadership through the local intern program. I have learned how to deal with them when they are stubborn, crying, and sad. Also, I practice basic first aid with the kids from what I have learned while getting my nursing degree. This has made me more confident in my skills. هدفي هو Continue reading…

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To Give Joy is to Get Joy: The Success Story of Masarah Kana’an

Masarah Kana’an was born and raised in Nablus. She studied Early Childhood Education at Al Rawda College until her graduation in 2014. Masarah has been active with TYO since February 2016 as both a student in the STEP! II EFL Program and as a volunteer with the Youth Service Learning Program. tAlways eager to help others, Masarah began volunteering with the Core Child Program because she wants to help educate and help children to grow in a positive atmosphere within the Nablus community. What has your professional experience been like outside of TYO? While I was studying at Al Rawda Continue reading…

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Shared Excitement and a Hunger to Learn

Language education on the global scale becomes of greater importance everyday. With expanding communities through social media, sometimes language is the only barrier that separates human beings and ideas. Upon my arrival to Nablus, I felt a sincere interest and urgency in learning the local Arabic dialect from the most simple of phrases regarding food or directions to more complex vocabulary surrounding the history and culture of the Nabulsi people. Entering Nablus and jointing the TYO team as an EFL fellow, I was especially interested to know and understand the language of my incoming students. I began my first week Continue reading…

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I have realized that education is the greatest method for achieving understanding. I hope to become a physician in the future because I believe that through medicine I will be able to connect to the world. By speaking English fluently, I will connect with a greater pool of scientists and maybe they will be able to come to Palestine, meet Palestinian physicians, and create and teach projects. أدركت أن التعلم هو افضل طريقة لتحقيق التفاهم. أتمنى أن أصبح طبيبة في المستقبل لأنني اؤمن أن الطب سيمكنني من التواصل مع العالم. من خلال التحدث باللغة الأنجليزية بطلاقة سوف أستطيع التواصل مع مجموعة Continue reading…

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The Power of Teaching: A Gift That Gives Years Later

As a child growing up in New York City enrolled in the public school system, I changed schools at every level of education (i.e. Elementary, Middle and High school). This meant I sat in the classrooms of upwards of 50 different teachers. Some of these teachers I liked, while some less so. Then there were some who changed my life. The most prominent being my high school Global History teacher, Mr. Moscow. At the time, I did not realize how much of an impact he made on my life, but now, I can reflect on my one and a half Continue reading…

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Welcoming Our Fall 2016 Fellows!

Introducing the Fall 2016 Fellow class! 6 fellows from the United States and Canada have been selected to teach intensive English as a Foreign Language classes and assist with program development at TYO. Read all about them! Mecca Mecca Abney was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She obtained a dual degree in Communications and African-American Studies from Temple University. Upon graduating, she immediately began her career in advocacy as a labor union organizer with AFSCME International. Through her organizing career that spanned over a decade, she has worked on a combination of both public and private sector trade union campaigns as well as Continue reading…

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Life May Not Always Be a Party, But While Here, Let’s Dance… Dabka!

Life for a vast number of human beings all over the world may not be the party they hoped for. The road to success is wild, unexpected and plenty of obstacles to overcome. My Colombian compatriots, just like my new Palestinian friends here at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, understand the meaning of being challenged by life day in and day out and this is why I believe we connected from the very beginning. Since the moment I arrived in Nablus, I got enchanted by the smiles and energy of the people, their kindness and their powerful will to help each other. Continue reading…