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Lonely No More: An Interview With Minna

Minna is 3rd grade student from the neighborhood of Khallet al Amood. She heard about TYO from her friends at school. The students were enrolled in the Core program and told Minna about the activities they do and how fun they have at TYO. After hearing about the opportunity to play with other kids her age, Minna decided to register for the Core Child Program. This is Minna’s first session at TYO. Hi, Minna! Why did you decide to enroll in the Core Child Program at TYO? The main reason I decided to join TYO is there is no one Continue reading…

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New Experiences, New Skills, and New Opportunities

Participation in extracurricular activities for children and youth can be hard to come by in underserved communities. TYO’s center provides local youth with an open space to learn, play, and take part in activities that they otherwise would not have access to. The academic program offers students educational support in Arabic, English and Math. There is a free day each week where students have the option to attend different recreational centers, such as swimming pools, bowling lanes, and martial arts schools. These events are the only opportunities some students have to learn from new experiences outside of school and the Continue reading…

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Work, Surf, and Learn

TYO provides students with access to technology and educational resources that are not commonly found in local public schools. Technology-based learning is an invaluable tool in the digital age which has the capacity to transform how students use their time online. In this week’s interview with Mo-ayyed Maklouf, a longtime employee of TYO, he shares how the computer went from being a distraction to a learning exercise in his home. He has two children currently enrolled in the academic support program that offers after-school instruction in math, English and Arabic.  Welcome Mo-ayyed! Can you tell us about yourself and your Continue reading…

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The Olive Harvest in Palestine: Teaching New Perspectives

In densely populated areas, it can be challenging for children and youth to find safe and open spaces to play freely. Many of TYO’s beneficiaries come from the Old City in Nablus and nearby refugee camps, which are heavily congested and offer limited prospects for healthy child development. In this week’s interview with Saba from the Old City, she shares how her daughter Aya, who is in the academic support program, has had the opportunity to connect with nature and learn through play at TYO.  Welcome Saba! Can you tell us about your family and how you got involved with Continue reading…

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Sharing is Caring: Transforming Attitudes at TYO

The academic support program provides students between the ages of 9-13 with instruction in Arabic, Math, and English. Academic work is combined with interactive games to get children out of their chairs and learning on their feet. Some of the students who join the program face behavioral challenges and lack the necessary skills to resolve conflict. In this week’s interview with two brothers, Mohamed and Abdil, we learned how TYO’s programming teaches students that there are consequences to their actions and the value of sharing. These life lessons foster qualities that allow our students to become leaders in their own Continue reading…

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Growing Up at TYO: Fostering Critical Thinking and Improving Communication

TYO has been a staple in the Nablus community since its onset in 2008 and many children have grown up as beneficiaries of our multilevel programming. In order to learn about the long-term impact(s) of TYO programming on development, we must take the time so speak with our most senior program recipients. This week we had the opportunity to meet with Jenan and her son Salim, who have both been involved with TYO since the beginning, to hear about their experiences. Salim joined the academic support program for the first time this fall session and Jenan is in the wrap Continue reading…

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Building Confidence that Fosters Growth; “Letting the Years Pass”

 The After-school Academic Support for Kids program provides students between the ages of 9-14 with classroom instruction in English, Arabic, math, and homework assistance. TYO’s multidisciplinary approach to education allows students to learn through play in contrast to the traditional methods of teaching widely practiced in the local school system. Program recipients vary in educational levels and the non-formal activities that we offer allow students with different academic capacities meaningful opportunities to engage and learn. Take a look at how TYO helps students build confidence to welcome new challenges, while fostering personal and academic growth in this week’s interview with Continue reading…

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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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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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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…