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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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International Day of Rural Women

Today, October 15th, is recognized by the United Nations as International Day of Rural Women. According to the United Nations, “Rural women, the majority of whom depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihoods, make up over a quarter of the total world population. In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43 per cent of the agricultural labour force, and produce, process and prepare much of the food available, thereby giving them primary responsibility for food security.” The majority of the entrepreneurs that Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) works with through the Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE) program live in Continue reading…

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Building Relationships, Breaking Isolation

Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs (APWE) is TYO’s fifth entrepreneurship program that seeks to help women in Northern Palestine establish or expand their micro-businesses. TYO provides women with the opportunity to attend psychological and social trainings with TYO’s in-house psychologist; develop or refine their business plans with Ramallah-based Small Enterprise Center (SEC); participate in a three-week business English and IT intensive; create their marketing materials after working with a branding and marketing expert; and so much more. We are in the middle of our outreach efforts to recruit entrepreneurs from Nablus, Tulkarem, Jenin, Tubas and their surrounding villages. We have been amazed by the amount of high caliber entrepreneurs Continue reading…

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You Go Girl

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization believes that women and girls in the Middle East have the potential to be the dynamic change-makers the region needs to overcome current economic and social challenges. Our organization is firmly grounded in this ethos and, as such, provides multi-generational programming for girls and boys, youth, and adult women. We are fortunate to know, support, and work with organizations whose work is grounded in a similar commitment to developing the leadership, critical thinking, and scholarship of women in northern Palestine. Recently, the American Consulate General in Jerusalem partnered with An-Najah National University to provide GO Girls Summer Continue reading…

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Women Empowerment: Strategic Guidance and Leadership

Empowering women is no longer a taboo subject and women are no longer considered inferior to men in the workplace. The international community has begun to realize that providing women with economic opportunities can stimulate economies. There are a set of principles that we at TYO-L use to guide us in our programming, to better empower our entrepreneurs that includes: Trainings Leadership Development Business Development Personal Development Our entrepreneurs have now entered the 2nd phase of the FWEME project and each and every week at TYO-L, they are gaining more experience and getting further along in developing their SMART business Continue reading…

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Five Years Later: Core Teacher Haitham Reflects on His Journey at TYO

Several years ago, after graduating from An-Najah National University with a degree in sports, I started to plan for my future- and I decided to be an independent and productive person. I made this choice because I was the oldest son in my family, which meant I was responsible for helping my relatives. At the time, the unemployment rate was high in Nablus, and opportunities for success seemed nonexistent.Yet that didn’t stop me from volunteering at TYO in the sports class- which soon turned into the chance to officially join the team in 2008 as a Core Program teacher. For Continue reading…

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TYO Joins the Annual GE “Leading and Learning” Event in Crotonville, NY

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW) and GE invited TYO to participate in this year’s prestigious “Leading and Learning” event in Crotonville, NY from May 13-15th.  This year’s theme was to inspire women leaders in business to be “always evolving.” TYO was honored to be selected to participate and was represented by Ms. Sahar Dwaikat, TYO Nablus entrepreneur and Ms. Nadine Okla, TYO-Lebanon Country Director. The event kicked off on Monday, with a specific closed training session, and catered to the needs of women in business in developing contexts, like Lebanon. The training topics included: Effective Communication: Understanding and Continue reading…

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Tomorrow’s Youth Organization goes to London to Celebrate Women Entrepreneurs in Lebanon!

In support of our partner, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, TYO participated in their Enterprise Development Programme launch events in London last week. We were honored to be asked to share our story and that of beneficiary Ms. Hwayda Charaf Eddine and are dedicated to the vision that Ms. Cherie Blair shares in her quote below: The Enterprise Development Programme is at the heart of our vision for a world where women have equal opportunities and the capability, confidence and capital necessary to establish and grow businesses, resulting in a brighter future for the women themselves, their families and Continue reading…

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WEL Beneficiary Ms. Houwayda Charaf el Dine Invited to Speak at London Conference!

  TYO and TYO Lebanon are honored to participate in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s new Enterprise Development Programme Launch in November of this year! As our WEL program has shown so much progress, WEL beneficiary Ms. Houwayda Charaf el Dine was also invited to give a 5-minute presentation on her experiences with the WEL project. Mrs. Cherie Blair will also be speaking at the event. We are so proud of Houwayda and wanted to share her story with you, again. See below our past interview with Ms. Houwayda Charaf El Dine! What is your personal background? My name Continue reading…

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Release of TYO’s 2011-2012 Nablus Community Needs Assessment

Yesterday, TYO released the findings and recommendations from its 2011-2012 Community Needs Assessment, detailing the pressing needs of the most disadvantaged community members in Nablus. The Nablus Center Director welcomed partners from the public and private sectors to a discussion, where the report findings were shared and discussed. Members of UNRWA, Right to Play, the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem, An-Najah National University, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, and various local Palestinian NGOs all participated in the event.
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