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M is for Music!

In my Core Child English Class through TYO’s International Internship program, students file through the door and greet me with an enthusiastic “Hello!” It’s five weeks into our program, and at this point many of the students are asking unprompted “How are you?”. The progress that I have seen among these young ones has been significant in just five weeks. TYO Interns teach English because there is a dire need for native speaking instructors in Palestine. Time and time again in conversations that I have had with Palestinians, they have shared their frustrations over language learning in their schools. Despite the Continue reading…

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Constructing identity in the Core Child Program

  ‘Children are like little scientists. They gather evidence by observing and exploring the world.’ But what happens when they, their parents, guardians, and teachers don’t have control over their world? What happens when their ability to explore is limited by outside factors? For most of the children attending TYO’s Core Child Program, ‘exploring’ their world- even their country- is not an option. Given the barriers to movement created by checkpoints throughout the West Bank, Palestinian communities have become highly fragmented, with many families choosing to remain stationary. Given the complex political environment in which TYO’s beneficiaries develop, most arrive at TYO having never Continue reading…

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Teaching collaboration to build a stronger community

Human nature dictates that a child’s first instinct is to satisfy his or her own needs before developing an awareness of the needs of those around them. It isn’t until roughly the age of three that children are developmentally prepared to start thinking about and sharing with others. At this point, in a healthy environment, a child’s perception begins to slowly mature as they observe the concept of collaboration being modeled in front of them by family members. This constant spirit of sharing and support helps to root the idea of collaboration as a value within children, consequently enabling them Continue reading…

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Won’t you be my neighbor?

TYO’s Core Child Program encourages creativity, allowing children to use their imaginations to re-imagine the world. The dynamic psychosocial program, which was recently enhanced in partnership with Columbia University, utilizes an array of methods within the primary spheres of development- cognitive, physical, and emotional- to train children to consider their experiences through multiple lenses. In doing so, TYO hopes to lay the groundwork for a more analytical and empathic generation of leaders. The psychosocial curriculum is designed in what can be imagined as a series of concentric circles, with each week building upon the last. Following last week’s focus on Continue reading…

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All in the Family

The second week of the Core Child Program focuses on the concept of family. It is important to root this idea with children early in their development, as their understanding of family is critical not only to their sense of identity, but also serves as an early lesson in tolerance and diversity. Family is the first formal social structure to which children are exposed, and while it is normal to have different family structure, this does not necessarily mean all children are comfortable with their family unit. By teaching young children that it is ok to be different, they learn to Continue reading…

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English Immersion Today Prepares Palestinian Children to be Tomorrow’s Leaders

Language acquisition begins in the womb. Linguistic studies indicate that childhood is the optimal period to learn a new language for a variety of reasons, and immersion programs are becoming the foremost model for language learning on a global level. At Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, the International Internship Program seeks to create fun, safe spaces for young students to engage with the English language through activity and to equip the next generation of youth in Palestine with the linguistic skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly globalized world. In conversations I have had with university students in Nablus, many of them Continue reading…

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Let’s Get Down to Business.

In a recent publication by Brookings: Tomorrow’s Skilled Workforce Requires Investing in Young Children Today: The Importance of Early Childhood Development we are reminded again of the imperative and critical need of early childhood education especially in low-income countries. So why aren’t we using what works? While the article highlights four compelling reasons – the one that resonates with us at TYO is the lack of the private sector partnerships. For years, we have witnessed the gap between university graduates skills-readiness and private sector needs in Palestine. We have listened as executives in profit-driven companies have lamented about the lack Continue reading…

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C is for Curiosity

At Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, our halls and classrooms are buzzing with nearly one hundred and fifty 4-5 year old students by 8:30 AM. As a new Fall Intern, I watched in excitement as the children filed into my first morning Core Child Program English class, wide-eyed and curious. I’m sure their heads were filled with questions about who I was, where I was from, and why I was speaking so strangely. I soon witnessed, however, how the students were able to transform their initial curiosity about my foreign-ness into curiosity and aptitude for learning English. Scientific research concerned with language acquisition Continue reading…

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New beginnings aren’t always easy

After many hours of planning and preparation, the Fall session is at last underway and the sound of laughter and chatter once again fills the halls and classrooms at TYO. Children from the most undeserved areas of Nablus are greeted with smiling faces from TYO staff as everyone excitedly welcomes the children back to TYO. But as is often the case at the beginning of the session, some children in the Core AM program struggle with attachment and separation anxiety issues. For many of TYO’s youngest beneficiaries (4 & 5 years old) coming to TYO marks the first time in Continue reading…

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Welcome Fall 2014 interns!

TYO is pleased to introduce the Fall 2014 International Interns! They come from diverse backgrounds – all the way from Washington and Colorado in the United States. Read all about them! Jade Jade grew up in Washington State. After finishing high school, she moved to Seattle to work full time as an AmeriCorps literacy tutor with a prominent immigrant and refugee community. Her work with AmeriCorps inspired her to study Linguistics and Human Rights at the University of Washington. While at the UW she’s been involved in social justice pursuits and college readiness mentorship, leading a university seminar on anti-racist activism and mentorship. Additionally, Continue reading…