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A Day in the Life…

Every day, nearly 100 children attend TYO’s PM Core Child Program.  They rush home after school for a quick snack, a change of clothes and a bit of homework time before catching the bus to TYO.  Below is a photo chronicle exhibiting a typical day for our students in the TYO Core Child Program. – Jessica Jessica is a Fall 2013 intern at TYO in Nablus. Related posts:Including Children with DisabilitiesEffects of Domestic Violence on Nabulsi Women and ChildrenUntil Next Time

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Stage Fright with an Audience of Four Year Olds

On the first day of my internship, I was in my classroom 90 minutes early.  I was a bundle of nervous energy, pacing back and forth, checking and re-checking my supplies and reading over my lesson plan so many times that I had it memorized.  Despite my years of teaching experience, I had little confidence in myself during those waning moments before class was to begin.  I knew this would be unlike any classroom I’d ever worked in.  The children and I had no means to communicate other than hand gestures and smiles.  The majority – if not all – Continue reading…

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From Volunteer to a Very Own Classroom: Ahmad’s TYO Journey

During my third year at An Najah National University, several of my friends began to volunteer as both translators and volunteers at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization- and after I heard about some of their work, I was inspired to start volunteering myself. Since I was studying English language and literature, I felt the experience would improve my language skills, and help me grow professionally. After that first session as a volunteer with the International Internship Program, I knew I needed my time at TYO to continue- it was an excellent learning opportunity, and I forged strong bonds with both fellow Palestinians, Continue reading…

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Core Program: First Week Recap!

For many, Monday mornings represent just the start of another work week- but at TYO, this past Monday kicked off the start of the latest Core Child Program session. As the clock reached 9:00 AM, approximately 80 children ages 4-5 in our morning program arrived for their first day- and soon enough, our center was yet again filled with the sounds of our signature TYO Cheer and Core Program teachers taking attendance. By the afternoon, our Afternoon Program began, with nearly 90 children ages 6-8 streaming inside. Joined by local volunteers both new and old, the Core Program launched the Continue reading…

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Pencils, Paper, and Peace: Engaging Kids in their Education

At TYO, one of our main goals is supporting a child’s education- whether that’s improving their academic achievements or preparing children with the knowledge to face challenges or difficulties in the future. One of the many ways we do this is by helping kids with their homework and school exams by allocating time each day in our Core Program to go over homework, and review school lessons. We know this is very important for countless reasons- but recently, this was reinforced by the release of UNESCO and Save the Children’s report on education in conflict-affected countries. Launched last week, it Continue reading…

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All the World’s a Stage: Expanding Perspectives through Drama

Life in a disadvantaged area of Nablus can narrow a child’s worldview- there is a lack of physical space to freely move around, exposure to violence, and few opportunities for creativity. But each afternoon in TYO’s Core Program, kids are expanding their horizons and exploring the world around them- just by stepping onto a stage. Drama therapy is widely regarded as the intentional use of theater techniques to achieve therapeutic goals, and improve psychosocial outcomes. By utilizing processes like storytelling or improvisation, participants can explore their own life stories, improve their communication abilities, and strengthen interpersonal skills. At TYO, our Continue reading…

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Our Work at TYO is Totally Different

Over the past couple of years, TYO has restructured its early childhood program to encourage volunteers to be more invested in their work with children. To motivate them to continue working on a voluntary basis, teachers have increasingly shown volunteers how crucial their work as teacher’s aids is in making classes run smooth and efficiently. Furthermore, volunteers are encouraged to share their ideas on how to improve classroom dynamics, to step up and lead activities, as well as to contribute in lesson planning. Teachers and volunteers have set in a place a weekly meeting in which they debrief each other Continue reading…

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We Felt We Made a Difference

The motivation to participate in voluntary work to help others is one of our inner callings. Part of the heritage and culture of the Palestinian people is serving others and bringing benefit for the greater good of the community. My colleague Ibaa and I began brainstorming about how we could participate in voluntary work at civic societies due to our passion for social solidarity in ourselves and among our people. Our first steps towards realizing this was through volunteering at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO). TYO helped us in building a distinctive social personality as young people who seek to serve Continue reading…

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Teaching Computer Skills while Fostering Self-Expression

Teaching computer skills to children from refugee camps and disadvantaged areas for the past three semesters has been a truly great experience.  Before being hired as a teacher, I was a volunteer at TYO; however, I had no other previous teaching experience.  I have learned so much since then. In the Core Program, we first administer a pre-assessment to determine the level of our students so that we can ensure that our classes teach relevant and useful skills. When I first met my first group of students, I could feel their passion and excitement for computers.   In administering my pre-assessment, Continue reading…

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Introducing TYO’s Video Series: Core Child Program

TYO’s Core Program meets 4-8 year old children at a critical phase of their development, helping them to re-discover open expression and to build self-awareness and confidence.  These children are accustomed to isolated and overcrowded refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods that lack the imaginative atmosphere and open spaces that children need to play and grow.  Watch this next installment in our video series to see how the TYO Center has become a critical safe and creative space for children’s healthy development in Nablus. Related posts:Making FriendsWhat is leadership?Collaboration: How Does Working Together Create Change for the Community?