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Working Together is Always Better

Teamwork can take many forms, from the collaboration of international associations such as the European Union and United Nations, to the much smaller, but equally important, cooperation of children with their peers and teachers in the classroom. What has been realised is that through our unification we can accomplish something more vital than our own national or individual interests. For instance, consider the international agreement and cooperation to achieve worldwide initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals, or the partnerships of relief workers and nation-states in providing essential relief to victims of natural disasters, such as those now facing the Continue reading…

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Two Heads are Better than One!

Sports, group projects, and homework with a friend—what do they all have in common? Teamwork! It’s that little building block that helps people improve all sorts of skills like forging friendship, communication and confidence. Without even realizing it, teamwork is something that everyone practices everyday. At TYO children learn to work together in many capacities:  passing the ball during soccer to a teammate, helping each other with homework, and so on. Check out the pictures below that showcase TYO children using the valuable skill of teamwork while having a blast doing it! -Lila Lila is a Fall 2012 intern. Related Continue reading…

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Welcome Fall 2012 Interns!

It is time to meet the new interns! This session we welcome Megan, Mary, Tommy and Lila for the Fall 2012 session. To prepare for their first day of classes today, last week they went through a rigorous but exciting orientation. Last week’s orientation was packed with many different activities, including: lessons on culture and life in Nablus, professionalism and time management training with TYO Center Director Humaira, a debriefing on TYO’s impact on disadvantaged children women in Nablus with Psychosocial Program Manager Suhad Jabi Masri, exercises on how to foster trust and teamwork with volunteers with whom they will be co-teaching, and 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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The Newly Graduated and Labor Market Needs

Every year, we notice an increase in the numbers of unemployed university graduates.  According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate was 17% in 2010 and was 21% in 2011. This issue of unemployment became a huge concern for the recent graduates themselves as well as a problem affecting families who spend money and years to see their children finish school and offer support under a difficult economical, social and political situation. This has had negative effects on the individual as it affects their psychological situation and also the community because it changes the graduate’s role in the community. 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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CGI U 2012

On March 29, 2012, TYO’s Volunteer Coordinator and two youth leadership committee members of the Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA)  – Jamila and Mohammed -arrived in Washington to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative- University (CGI -U) 2012 at the George Washington University. As representatives of TYO and Palestinian youth, they shared their commitment – the YALLA project – with other likeminded youth from around the world. On the first day of CGI U they participated in the Opening Plenary: The Power of the Public Service, led by President Clinton. President Clinton talked about CGI U and why it Continue reading…

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Racing the Planet Games

Our classes broke with the regular rhythm of art, drama, and sports this Wednesday and Thursday for Racing the Planet-themed games, to connect our kids with the race that Usama Malik is running on their behalf. With face paint and team cheers, we got the kids excited to compete against their partner classes. The day’s activities taught teamwork and good sportsmanship – lessons that Nawal and Laura, who teach sports, have been seeking to instill throughout their classes but that many of the kids still struggle with. During the three-legged race, for instance, some pairs collapsed into mutual accusations by Continue reading…

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Being a Translator at TYO

Ruba Hafayda, at student of English Literature and Language at An-Najah University, is one of TYO’s translators. She began volunteering with TYO in the fall of 2011 in our intern classes and has been translating with us ever since. Ruba heard about TYO through word-of-mouth. One of her friends was volunteering at TYO, and she informed Ruba about the organization and the work TYO does for its community. “After hearing about how wonderful the work is there, I decided to go and see the center for myself and before you know it, I was volunteering as a translator,” says Ruba. Continue reading…