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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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Welcoming Our Spring 2016 Zahi Khouri Fellow!

TYO is thrilled to welcome Dana, the Zahi Khouri Fellow for the Spring 2016 session! Dana Said Dana obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from North Carolina State University. During her time in university she was actively involved in youth engagement activities that involved weekly visits to local preschools to teach children about healthy foods and nutrition. She was also very much involved in volunteer work at local hospitals and medical centers throughout her college career. During her last year of university she obtained her personal training certification in order to further help others live a healthy Continue reading…

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You Say Potato, I Say Po-taa-toe

Crossing cultural boundaries is not easy. For many of us, it involves a major commitment to learn new things, meet new people, try new food, speak new languages, and live a completely new life. Immersing yourself in a cultural exchange can certainly prove to be difficult, but for all of its challenges, it can be equally as rewarding. For those of us who try to consider ourselves global citizens as opposed to citizens of one country, cultural exchanges are essential. It is one way in which we allow ourselves to experience elements of another culture, while also sharing knowledge of Continue reading…

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Touchdown in Nablus

It is difficult to put my first impressions into words. When I finally got the call that I would be coming to Nablus after weeks of interviews and preparation, I literally could not contain my excitement. I distinctly remember being in my kitchen preparing dinner, and I immediately began jumping up and down in excitement. It was the best news I had received in a very long time. As the son of Palestinian refugees, coming to Palestine was always extremely important to me. More than anything, I had a burning desire to understand the reasons why my father’s eyes would Continue reading…

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Welcoming our Fall 2015 Zahi Khouri Fellow, Moh!

​Mohammad, or ‘Moh,’ is thrilled to join TYO this fall as a Zahi Khouri Fellow! Last spring, Moh graduated from Ottawa University with a degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. Throughout university, Moh got involved with local youth empowerment and engagement initiatives, including working with the Ottawa police as the coordinator for their Youth in Policing Initiative program; the program aimed to involve youth from at-risk communities in the Ottawa area with the programs and services offered by the Ottawa police. Though born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, his roots are actually quite close to Nablus. He comes from Continue reading…

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Every New Beginning Comes from Some Other Beginning’s End

I have sat in front of my computer, writing and re-writing the first sentence to my farewell TYO blog countless times. How do I synthesize and summarize my last two months as a Zahi Khouri Fellow? How can I adequately communicate what a gift this experience has been?  What I have come to realize is that sometimes words betray the heart. Nevertheless, here goes… Merely four months ago I was casually scrolling idealist.org. I came across an announcement for a Zahi Khouri Fellowship position for Palestinian-Americans interested in working in the West Bank. I was dubious at first, but applied Continue reading…

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Soap, Not Soup!

I had just landed in Palestine and was to begin working at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) as a Zahi Khouri Fellow. I was overwhelmingly grateful for the opportunity, but was nervous and unsure of what to expect during my tenure at the organization. Before I began teaching TYO’s entrepreneurs I was filled with first-day jitters and self-doubt. My fear and hesitation quickly blossomed into one of the most positive and enriching experiences I have ever had while traveling abroad. As a Zahi Khouri Fellow, I was tasked with the responsibility of teaching The Women’s Group (TWG) fitness and nutrition courses. Continue reading…

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Mind the (Gender) Gap

  Today we wrap up week four of The Women’s Group (TWG) program at TYO. TWG focuses on supporting women residing in refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus, with a focus on mothers of children in TYO’s Core Child Program. The classes focus on health, nutrition, and exercise seminars as well as IT classes. The IT classes are a critical component of TWG curriculum. Led by a TYO entrepreneur, Sahar, the class offers soft and hard IT skills, but also demonstrates the power of mentorship as women see first-hand that the program is offered by another woman on a Continue reading…

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Child’s Play You Say?

Last week, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) launched The Women’s Group Summer 2015 program for women residing in refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus, with a focus on mothers of children in TYO’s Core Child Program. This week concludes our second week of health, nutrition, and exercise seminars alongside IT classes. These seminars have made it overwhelmingly evident that the power and importance of play does not stop in childhood, but continues well into adulthood. The importance of creative play for children is well-known. Imaginative games help young kids express themselves in a positive way, as well as learn empathy through the experience of Continue reading…

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Time to Break a Sweat and Bust a Move

You know that feeling too well, when you step off the treadmill, wipe the last bead of sweat off your brow after a hot yoga class, or finish a long hike. You get that rush of energy, your mood is uplifted  and you feel confident to take on whatever the day may bring your way. The physical and mental benefits of regular physical activity are hard to ignore and are yours for the taking – regardless of your age, sex, or socioeconomic status. While your goal may be just to shake off a case of the Mondays, exercise offers countless Continue reading…