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Beautiful Pictures

The first full week of spring classes is coming to a close here at TYO, and already there’s so much to talk about. I’m teaching a wide range of classes, from boys’ and girls’ soccer to advanced IT, conversational English, and photography. I’m enjoying all of my classes, and particularly getting to know my students and hearing their stories. But my most memorable class thus far has been photography with The Women’s Group (TWG). The photography class is twice a week, and we began this week by going over the rules of the class, getting to know each other, and Continue reading…

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A Tourism Book for Palestine

Rakan Dababshe noticed a huge lack of information regarding tourism in Palestine. Tourists – both international and local often asked, “What’s there to see in Palestine?” But the resources for tourists were few and far between. Outdated or missing information on the internet inspired Rakan to do something for his community. Through the Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA), a youth-led civic engagement program for youth ages 12-21, Rakan successfully visited sites in Palestine and created a tourism book for visitors. Rakan has begun distributing his books in various cities and locations in Palestine including various municipalities, cultural centers and institutions. Continue reading…

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Rakan’s Journey

When we last spoke to Rakan, his initiative was just starting. During the last three weeks, Rakan has made great progress with his Get to Know Palestine initiative. Rakan is a youth participant of the Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA), a youth-led civic engagement program for youth ages 12-21. Get to know Palestine is designed to improve  tourism in Palestine and to let people from everywhere – both near and far – know more about Palestine. During his first week of photography, Rakan took photos in Nablus and visited many sites like the Old City, Attour, Mount Gerizim and Continue reading…

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Meetings, Trips and Installations

The Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA) is a youth-led civic engagement program for youth ages 12-21. YALLA activities are designed to empower youth to build and develop the community. YALLA also aims to engage university-aged youth in their society. This past Thursday, we held our weekly meeting with the Youth Leadership Committee (YLC), YALLA winners and TYO staff members. This weekly meeting provides a chance to update the group on the status of the initiatives, what’s been done in the previous week, what the next steps are, discussing challenges and difficulties, and giving advice along the way. In reviewing the work Continue reading…

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Interview with Dedicated TYO Student – Bara’a Abu Salha

Bara’a Abu Salha, 11 years old, is from Nablus, Palestine, in the northern part of the West Bank. The only daughter, Bara’s has a 5 year-old brother named Saleem. When did you first start participating in TYO’s programs? I was eight years old when I first came to TYO with my mom to register for classes. I was so scared when I registered in the photography class with Doris. I had never been in any program before. I used to just go to school and my grades were never that great. I spent all day by myself. I was not Continue reading…

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The Women’s Group Summer 2012 Session in Photos

The Summer 2012 session of The Women’s Group has been a unique one, as we introduced Beading and Photography classes as well as several new speakers including: 1. UNRWA Gender and Violence Trainer, Hanan Salam who spoke on mechanisms for discontinuing violence and fostering positive dialogue and family dynamics. 2. Pediatrician, Dr. Nisrin Quryeb who addressed intestinal inflammation in children. 3.Association of Women’s Committees for Social Work in Palestine who hosted seminars on breast cancer, adolescence, menopause, early marriage and family planning. 4. Palestinian Red Crescent Society who shared how to properly store medication and also detailed information on mental and physical disabilities. 5. ROA Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Doris Carion On a professional level, I learned how to work together as more than a team — as a group of friends. A native of New York , NY, Doris taught Photography, Model UN, Girls’ Sports and English from 2009 – 2011. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO? Anytime I was in a taxi with Munir. What do you miss most about TYO or Nablus? I miss the buzz of the building. Being at TYO in Nablus is like being in a family house. I miss how everyday the 4 and 5 year olds would come Continue reading…

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Exciting New Additions to The Women’s Group!

  TYO started its third session of The Women’s Group (TWG) a few weeks ago, and the center has been filled with more women than ever before. TWG is not only offering six new speakers to the roster of partner organizations offering seminars, but has added Beading and Photography classes as well (that are taught by local Nablusi women no less, who have practiced and honed their skills over the years to build successful careers out of them). English, Aerobics and IT classes are being continued as well. Sure enough the exciting new additions to the TWG brought in an Continue reading…

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TYO Intern Alumni: Where are They Now?

Mathilda Ryall It is an intense and demanding experience, but there is real satisfaction to be found in devoting your time to others for a while. A Liverpool, UK native, Mathilda taught women’s fitness, photography and community English as an intern in the Spring of 2011. She then moved on to become the Triple Exposure Coordinator until September 2011. What was your favorite moment/story from your time with TYO? There were so many. Bonding with my translators who I worked with on a daily basis. Gradually being able to buy groceries in Arabic. Starting every sentence with ‘yaa3ni…’ Saying goodbye to my Continue reading…

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As My Chapter Ends, The Story Continues…

It does not feel like an end. It is just the beginning. That is how I look at my departure from Nablus, from my students, from my coworkers, from Palestine. I may be physically leaving but the work continues. My student’s newfound confidence in their own creativity, in their personal expression and in identity development will now be tested outside of my classroom. We ended this Triple Exposure program on the theme of story. Using the power of a story in discussing change and creating it within our own communities. But the story does not end. My student’s will have the Continue reading…