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How, Not If

TYO is a non-political organization positioned in a climate of endless politics. Discussing my time here without mentioning words like “occupation” or “checkpoints” has been challenging – but if use of semantics in a blog has troubled me so, I can only imagine the massive effort which goes into balancing TYO away from political rhetoric in a land built on a foundation of political rhetoric. Thoughts of nightly raids, arrests, and the sound of F16s all melt away as the faces of women approach each other in greeting. They range in age, but their unifying characteristics are comical banter, a Continue reading…

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Are you listening?

Are you listening? Our students certainly are, as they put their hand to their ear and respond “Yes, I’m listening!” at the start of our English classes. In TYO’s Core English program this summer, supported by the Abdul Hamid Shoman Foundation, our children’s confidence in listening, speaking and writing English has visibly improved. Through art, dance, games and immersion in the English language, students have explored the alphabet and new vocabulary. In our first classes, the difference in abilities between our students were marked. Some students were hesitant in responding to questions, or even to pronounce new words. Others struggled Continue reading…

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International Conference to Our Classrooms: Joining the Conversation on Women in Conflict Zones

London can feel like a long way from a place like Nablus- the culture, language, and general layout are just the beginning of the differences between the two cities. But this week, there’s a special connection between what’s happening in the United Kingdom and what’s going on in Palestine thanks to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict- the largest gathering yet of world leaders, violence survivors, and key policy influencers to discuss the critical issue of conflict on women. Spearheaded by Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, the conference seeks to raise awareness about sexual violence Continue reading…

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Unlocking the door to employment opportunities

As we’ve been discussing a lot recently, youth unemployment remains a tremendous worldwide concern. The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently reported in follow-up to the release of an International Labor Organization study on Global Youth Unemployment trends, 40% of the world youth a unemployed. Though there are many negative social and economic concerns stemming from this issue, one of the main areas of interest for us at TYO is how underemployment and unemployment effects skills stagnation. Tomorrow’s Youth Organization tries to help the youth in Nablus to be prepared for jobs by developing their skills. According to the Continue reading…

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TYO Women’s Group Fitness Classes exceed expectations and lay the groundwork for far-reaching benefits

  An integral part of TYO’s Women’s Empowerment Program since 2008, The Women’s Group provides holistic support for mothers from local communities.  In consonance with other TYO programs, the Women’s Group fitness classes embody broader notions of psychosocial support.  However, in contrast to other classes led by the international interns, they are more directly concerned with issues of physical and emotional health.  Palestinian society is traditionally patriarchal, and women continue to experience myriad gender-related inequalities and subsequent vulnerability throughout their lives.  Women are disproportionately affected, both directly and indirectly, by socioeconomic stressors.  Their physical and psychological well-being is not adequately Continue reading…

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Youth in Focus: An interview with Reem Radwan

With generous support from the Abdul –Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF), TYO offers professional competency classes at An-Najah National University to enrolled university students. It is TYO’s aim to equip students with the professional skills needed to obtain employment post-graduation and provide them with the confidence needed to excel in their new ventures. Volunteer Coordinator, Ruba Hayfayda, interviews Reem Radwan, a student enrolled in the professional competency class to get her insights as to what she has gained from the class. Reem Radwan is a senior student in Geography at An-Najah National University and plans to begin working directly following her Continue reading…

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Dispelling Myths and Demanding Rights: The Women’s Group Spring 2014 Session Launches

In his annual letter released late this January, Bill Gates highlights common myths about global aid- and what areas should be focused on more in the coming year. Through this letter, he also discusses how myths about women’s empowerment and gender equality hinder global development. By addressing some of the key misconceptions about women’s empowerment- such as the right to contraception and family planning- the letter seeks to dispel some of the common hindrances that keep progress from growing globally. This week at TYO, we’re seeking to tackle similar issues and obstacles to gender equality as we launch the Spring Continue reading…

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TYO Volunteer Interview: Ahlam

Ahlam Menawi, a volunteer in the Core Program and a recent graduate from An-Najah University shares her experience as a TYO volunteer. When did you start volunteering at TYO? I started volunteering this semester (about 2 months ago). I plan to reapply to volunteer at TYO next semester as well. How did you learn about TYO? I learned about the TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program from TYO interns, while partaking in English Competency classes offered at An-Najah University. After graduation, I read a TYO posting on Facebook regarding the volunteer program and I quickly applied. What is the class that you are Continue reading…

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My Next Door Neighbor lives 3000 Miles Away

The advent of the twenty-first century has changed our world in remarkable ways. In the past, it was easy for people from different cultures to exist independently from their neighbors because great distances limited the extent to which international trade and cross-cultural communication were able to take place. Today, however, in an ever more globalized world, it has become much more critical to make efforts to understand the cultural practices of different societies. Some groups view globalization as a positive force. Proponents of this school of thought put forward the idea that new innovations within the realm of information and Continue reading…

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Women Empowered at the IWECI Summit

Recently, women have been more involved in business sectors and they are developing to be a great part of society. Loftus-Farren, in his article: “Why Are Women Left out of Climate Change Policy Making?” He believes that women’s empowerment, rights of nature, and a breakthrough are the IWECI (International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative) Summit’s mission of boosting women’s role. This summit will bring 100 women all over the world from different backgrounds to participate. Those women are exceptional in their own right leading the way into different majors in society. IWECI mission is to set up a Global Women’s Continue reading…