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Humans of Nablus 17

I work at TYO as a guard. I love everything about TYO and the center. I see how not only the kids are treated but how everyone is treated here as a whole. And that is how I strive to treat people. I’ve learned that respect for other people is the most important thing and that is what I love most about being here. أعمل في منظمة شباب الغد كحارس , أحب كل ما يتعلق بالمنظمة فانا لا ارى فقط كيفية معاملة الاطفال وانما كيفية معاملة الجميع بشكل عام , معاملة تستند على الاحترام وعلى هذا استند عند معاملتي للناس. Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 14

I was born in Saudi Arabia, but my family is originally from Nablus. My brother and sister and I all grew up hearing stories of Nablus, and so we missed it even before we lived here. They would talk about our family, how when they were growing up, you would spend so much time together. They talked about the look and feel of the city. The beautiful buildings, walking in the open streets. They used to be much more open, but sadly that is different now. Nablus has always been very dear to me. ولدت بالمملكة العربية السعودية ولكن عائلتي Continue reading…

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I Have Found My Voice: Catching Up With Entrepreneur Jinan

TYO recently had the pleasure of catching up with Jinan, founder and owner of Needle and Thread micro-business. Jinan is a former WISE II program participant and will be joining us in the advanced track of the Advancing Palestinian Women Entrepreneurs program. 1.Tell us about your business My micro-business, Needle and Thread, provides unique and handmade embroidered goods to people throughout Palestine. I make a variety of items like wall tapestries, wedding accessories, serving trays, tissue box covers and jewelry. I use diverse color combinations and make my products with only the highest quality thread. As a child, my mother, aunts, and Continue reading…

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Mind the (Gender) Gap

  Today we wrap up week four of The Women’s Group (TWG) program at TYO. TWG focuses on supporting women residing in refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Nablus, with a focus on mothers of children in TYO’s Core Child Program. The classes focus on health, nutrition, and exercise seminars as well as IT classes. The IT classes are a critical component of TWG curriculum. Led by a TYO entrepreneur, Sahar, the class offers soft and hard IT skills, but also demonstrates the power of mentorship as women see first-hand that the program is offered by another woman on a Continue reading…

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Celebrating World Water Day in Nablus, Palestine

Today we celebrate World Water Day 2015, with the specific theme of water and sustainable development. We celebrate and reflect on the centrality of water in the rhythm of our daily lives. For some, it is a day to celebrate the importance and abundance of water in our day-to-day routines; for others, it is an important day to reflect on the increasingly pressing urgency of addressing issues like water scarcity and cleanliness, and confronting how we will manage water access in the future. The Middle East is a region specifically challenged by water issues. The supply, control, and allocation of Continue reading…

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From Nablus Preschools to TYO: An Interview with Core Teacher Fawz Jabi

It has been a great first two weeks with our 4-5 year olds in the Core Child program. Though there were a few tears on the first day, the children were all smiles by the end of last week; on Thursday afternoon, as each class took off towards the buses, they eagerly showed off their many art creations on the theme of our second week: community and family. It has also been exciting to welcome our two new Core teachers, Amal Khdair and Fawz Jabi. At the end of week two, we reflected on the beginning of the program and Continue reading…

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School Choice: Empowering Parents in their Child’s Education

On February 4, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings released its fourth annual Education Choice and Competition Index (ECCI), which chronicles the progress across American school districts of ‘school choice’ – a system of primary and secondary school placement giving parents the freedom to choose their child’s school. The older, traditional model assigns students to local schools based on their residential address (often dividing children among schools along socioeconomic lines). Within that model, any parent wanting to exercise choice over their child’s placement must either change their home location or pay the high fees of private school tuition. Continue reading…

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Youth in focus: An interview with Sahar I.

Sahar I. is from Salem. She graduated in 2006 from An-Najah National University with a degree in Arabic Literature and Language. What made you apply for STEP?! I was interested in applying for STEP! because I thought it was a good opportunity to develop myself and improve my skills at they pertain to working with children. Thus far I’ve benefited a lot from this experience and have even been able to apply the discipline tecniques I’ve learned at TYO on my daughters at home. This has been such a positive experience and I hope to one day be able to Continue reading…

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Departing Palestine: It’s Only Goodbye for Now

Two weeks after taking my last final for university, I boarded a plane bound to Tel Aviv to begin my session as an International Intern with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization in Nablus, Palestine. I didn’t know what to expect and couldn’t anticipate the incredible impact that my relatively brief time here would have on me. Throughout my time as an intern at TYO, I have heard the stories of people in this community, have seen the ingenuity of children at play, and listened as university students expressed their passions and the ways in which they hope to make a difference in Continue reading…

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Core Children Learn Core Values

It is important in any context to equip young children with a strong sense of self-worth. Children who do not see themselves as valuable are less likely to achieve their full potential in schools. When an individual’s internal life is damaged, it dictates how they interact with the world around them as behavior is a result of what an individual is are feeling. That being said, in Palestine’s hyper-militarized environment where a disproportionate amount of physical and psychological violence is inflicted on children, helping children to overcome personal trauma and build resiliency, is not only a challenge, but is also paramount to ensuring later Continue reading…