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Unlocking the door to employment opportunities

As we’ve been discussing a lot recently, youth unemployment remains a tremendous worldwide concern. The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently reported in follow-up to the release of an International Labor Organization study on Global Youth Unemployment trends, 40% of the world youth a unemployed. Though there are many negative social and economic concerns stemming from this issue, one of the main areas of interest for us at TYO is how underemployment and unemployment effects skills stagnation.  Tomorrow’s Youth Organization tries to help the youth in Nablus to be prepared for jobs by developing their skills. According to the Continue reading…

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Learning to solve problems through mistakes

As a child, my mom usually prevented me from facing problems. She found solutions all the time before I even had a problem. She did not let me have the opportunity to work with independently to find solutions, and now I realize I have lost a lot because I was seldom cognitively challenged as a child. In my experience at TYO as a Core teacher, I’ve found that when children encounter problems or challenges they struggle to identify potential causes or solutions. This is problematic not only in terms of the problem at hand, but it also has negative implications Continue reading…

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Involving Parents Makes all the Difference

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization’s Core Child program just wrapped up its second week of classes. TYO introduces variety of programs designed to help children develop the ability to express themselves. TYO provides children from marginalized areas, such as refugee camps, with a safe environment to play. Teachers in the Core Child Program conducted parent-teacher meetings at the start of the session. Parents of more than 70% of enrolled children attended the parent-teacher meetings. In the meetings, parents share notes and observations about their children, including any known behavioral issues and learning disabilities. The information provided by the parents helps the teachers Continue reading…

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Committed to Children’s Health and Well-Being

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization was delighted to open its doors this past week for the Spring Core Child session. Children from all over Nablus’s most disadvantaged areas bounded through the doors excited to meet their teachers and catch up with friends they hadn’t seen since the fall session. Aside from storytelling, critical thinking, sports, art, and basic literacy activities, what also awaited the children was a week full of healthy meals. A new study released Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine cited the importance of providing young children with well-balanced, nutritious meals. The study found that ‘the incidence of Continue reading…

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Happiness, Love, and Smiles Before Parting

Ending the session with a celebratory party means a lot to me and to the attendees of The Women’s Group (TWG), so last week we did just that and shared a lot of happiness, love, and smiles before parting until next session. After 12 weeks of learning in fitness, English, IT, Crafts and Photography classes, as well as seminars we like to honor women for their efforts and commitment to the program. They have accomplished so much this session and deserve to be acknowledged. During the end-of-session party there we set up various stations of fun activities including crafts, music Continue reading…

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Fresh Perspectives on Education

As they conclude the last week of classes for the summer session here at TYO, Mary-Jo, Hannah, and Mitch compare and contrast their experience with education in Palestine with perspective that they have gained from news articles concerning women’s education in Afghanistan, post-conflict education, and the future of education. In his most recent blog post for Al Jazeera on July 13, Qaiz Azimy reported on the current education situation for females in the rural Pashtun Zarghun district of Herat province in Afghanistan. Much to his amazement, more girls are attending schools than ever before in the district’s history; despite the 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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Gender Mixing

As American interns, many things were new to us about education in Palestine. For example, students in first to third grade never repeat a year. Regardless of whether or not they pass a class, a student cannot in that age-range cannot be held behind. Another major difference between here and education in the United States is the all important Tawjihi examination, taken at the end of twelfth grade, which determines both whether a student is able to go to university, and what they can study there.  Tawjihi scores were just announced last week which lead to celebrations late into the night for those fortunate 62% who obtained a passing mark this year. The difference that has affected Continue reading…

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Whatcha know about me?

This week, Hannah, Mary Jo, and Mitch reflect on the top three misconceptions Palestinians have about Americans, as well as the top three misconceptions Americans have about Palestinians and Arab World more broadly, as they have discovered through their work at TYO. It is important to address this topic because lack of communication simply fuels a lack of understanding on both sides. Palestinian Misconceptions of Americans 1) American Women Dress Immodestly From the words of one of Hannah’s students, Selwa, “Women in America only wear short skirts and tight shirts, just like the women on MTV no matter how cold it Continue reading…

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YALLA! Let’s Set Goals

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, acting as role models for the youth participants. Last week YALLA winners began planning their budgets for their initiatives.  With the help of the Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) and TYO staff, the youth were able to develop strong initiatives, each for $3,000 USD. As we wait for the budgets to be approved, the YALLA winners and the YLC began creating work plans Continue reading…