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Now they know their ABCs

Like many from the Western world, the opportunity to learn a second language was presented to me when I began high school. I chose to learn French, and let me tell you, if I were to get lost in Paris, I would have to rely on finding someone that spoke English to help me out. I do not know French. My experience is a typical one. According to Harry Chugani, a pediatric neurologist, foreign language teaching should begin when children are in preschool—when teachers can maximize a child’s willingness and ability to learn. 

Research has proven that a preschooler’s brain Continue reading…

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A Woman’s World: Women’s Group Fitness at TYO

A key component of TYO’s work is The Women’s Group (TWG). As part of The Women’s Empowerment Programs, TWG embodies TYO’s multigenerational approach by supporting Nabulsi mothers ranging in age from their early twenties to their late sixties.  Women participate in interactive seminars facilitating dialogue on a range of contemporary community and women’s interest topics.  To complement these sessions, TYO offers sewing and IT classes, and the international interns lead weekly fitness classes, which incorporate nutrition and lifestyle advice. Interns have been delighted by how enthusiastic and spirited the ladies are, particularly their exuberant appetite for Zumba!  A mere two weeks Continue reading…

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The Journey Begins

Spring 2014 marks the beginning of TYO’s ninth International Internship Program.  After a week of rigorous orientation training, four dynamic and dedicated international interns   embarked on an ambitious English language learning pilot session, supported by talented local Youth Service Volunteers. TYO responded to local feedback that the students would greatly benefit from classes that teach English while keeping with the TYO model that nurtures children’s psychosocial well-being. As interns, we see this as an opportunity to tap in to students’ creative energies through innovative, play-based approaches to learning English. After the warmest of welcomes to their first classes, children completed Continue reading…

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Introducing the Fall 2013 Interns!

Introducing the Fall 2013 interns! This session, six outstanding interns have been selected to work in the Nablus community. All with very different backgrounds, meet this session’s newest additions to the TYO team! Zak Zak is a native of Madison, Ohio and received his BA in International Affairs from Univerisity of Maine and is currently completing his MA in Interational Relations from University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Zak taught children 5-18 in India and was an activities assistant at the Education First International School in Santa Barbara, CA. While living with a host family in Germany, Zak was an au pair Continue reading…

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Time’s Up at TYO

Hard as it may be to believe, our time here at TYO is already coming to an end. We finished classes two weeks ago with final assessments, parties, and lots of goodbyes to our students. The sudden end of classes came as a bit of a shock to all of us, immersed as we were in teaching, drawing up new lesson plans, and preparing activities and exercises for our students across a variety of classes. Interning at TYO is a constant whirlwind of new experiences, people, and opportunities, and as such I think it’s safe to say that neither Emily, Continue reading…

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Windows of Opportunity

“Empowering women and girls with more choices and more freedoms is crucial to achieving a better future for all.” -Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate and a founder of UNDP’s Human Development Index Remember the first time you used a computer or connected to the internet through a DSL (mum screaming because you disconnected her call)? Those skills are second-nature everyday actions and we can do them without even thinking. But imagine if you’d never used a computer before, never held a mouse, never typed on a keyboard. Would you know how to use a computer? Something as simple as ‘using a mouse’ Continue reading…

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Serious Play

Study after study has demonstrated the importance of playtime for young children. Play helps build imagination and creativity, as well as skills like self-regulation, discipline, and respect. Together, these attributes are the makings of a successful young person, and a fuller life—all thanks to play. Here in Nablus, the lack of opportunity for children to play is one of the most hidden but pernicious effects of poverty and underdevelopment. My fellow intern Danish and I have seen this especially clearly in our boys’ and girls’ soccer classes for children ages 8 – 12. These are the prime years of childhood, Continue reading…

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The End of Orientation, the Start of Classes

The Spring 2013 Interns have arrived and share their initial impressions of Nablus and of TYO and its programs. Emily My journey to Nablus began over a week ago on a very cold morning at Terminal D of the Philadelphia International Airport. I’m happy to say that since arriving in Nablus last week I’ve found myself within an amazing community here at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization who deeply cares about the present needs of the Nablusi people. Despite the dreary cold weather and near constant rain I’ve seen since arriving, the gloominess outside is easily masked by the optimism and joy Continue reading…

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Intern Student Profiles: Fall 2012

Mary When I look around my classes for the first time, there are some students that just stand out, and you know they are going to be special. Twelve-year-old Raneem Kibouneh stood out to me. On the first day of our new rotation, I was sitting at a table getting to know some of the students, and I remember meeting Raneem and having her laugh at me because I kept accidentally calling her Raneen (as there is also a girl by that name in the class). She immediately struck me as good-natured and friendly. This is Raneem’s second year at Continue reading…

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The Sound of Learning

Everyday, kids wander into our classrooms early, chattering away in rapid Arabic, seemingly uninterested in the fact that we, the American interns, can understand just a few of the words they are saying to us. Words are such a basic part of our everyday life. We think little of when, how, to whom or where we use them. Yet according to a recent New York Times article, the biggest challenge facing students growing up in poverty is a word deficit. According to the Times, professional parents are in a constant state of narration with their kids. “Blue,” they say, pointing Continue reading…