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April 9: A Children’s Photography Exhibition at the National Children’s Museum in Maryland!

The West Bank is a place that never fails to attract media attention for its politics and conflict and history, but what gets much less attention is what the life of a Palestinian is really like. Even less known is what the life of a Palestinian child is like, since, being too young to write novels or poems or articles or songs, younger Palestinian children are usually forced to allow the older generations to speak for them. The story of how a young boy or girl grows up to become the person we then read about in the news is Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: 36 Hours in Jerusalem

You’ve got a day and a half to squeeze in all the wonders of the cradle of monotheism, you say? Thirty-six hours to traverse a city that by some strange serendipity (or divine humor) became the nexus of three of the most influential historical, religious, and cultural forces the world has ever seen? Well, you better pack your running shoes, your camera, a big appetite, and, if possible, a TYO Intern Coordinator that knows the city like the back of her hand (thanks, Chelsey). Alright, well, let’s take care of where you’ll lay your head to rest first and foremost. Continue reading…

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Site Visit: Morning of Reading in Balata

On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, the women participating in the  TYO-MEPI literacy collaboration (affectionately dubbed the “MEPI Moms”) took the Scholastic My Arabic Library on the road to the Yaffa Cultural Center in Balata refugee camp. Leading reading stations for 30 elementary-aged girls, the women read out loud to the children and encouraged them to read to each other. It was a fantastic and fun-filled morning. Check out more photos from the event on TYO’s Facebook page. Related posts:Call to Action: Support us on Global Giving!TripleExposure blog: New student photography from the fallSpring 2011 Internship Application – Available Now!

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Spreading the Culture of Volunteerism

From Fifth Grade English to Tawjihi Prep, neither of my classes, which operate under the Internship Program, would be half as successful as they are without the help of my committed volunteers, who are recruited, trained and organized under the careful and kind watch of Ahmad, TYO’s Volunteer Coordinator.  Every Monday and Wednesday, I meet with five volunteers for a half hour before my Fifth Grade English class begins. Beforehand, I spent the night before, and morning of, drawing up a lesson plan, scratching the whole thing, drawing up another, and scratching that one too.  No matter how many different Continue reading…

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Site Visit: Rosy Palestine Kindergarten

On Sunday, March 27, 2011, eight stellar TYO volunteers, with a few American interns and staff members in tow, took their expertise on the road to Tulkarm. Arriving at the Rosy Palestine Kindergarten after lunch, the volunteers implemented two-hours of enriching field day activities including sports, arts, parachute games and face-painting. This site visit marks the second time this session that the TYO Volunteer Program has run activities out in the local community. Last week, a group of volunteers along with Volunteer Coordinator Ahmad led a field day at Askar refugee camp. Check out more photos from the day on Continue reading…

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New Photo Story on the Triple Exposure website!

Check out this week’s photo story by Triple Exposure photography student Mohammed, as described by TYO intern Mathilda: Mohammad has a brilliant sense of humour and brings a lot of laughter to class. This shines through in his photos too. Rather than just photographing what he sees around him, he created his own subject out of a piece of cactus, and went on to arrange it in different locations so that he could experiment with perspective and light to produce these distinct and memorable images. A sneak peak! “Triple Exposure” is an initiative of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization to promote art education for Continue reading…

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TYO in the Big Apple

TYO’s efforts and resources are concentrated very largely on our grassroots, on-ground programming. However, we also recognize the importance of participating in select international activities in order to share our experience, learn about others’ and garner support and knowledge to increase our impact. Earlier this month, TYO Founder Hani Masri took part in the planning retreat for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2011 Annual Meeting. He was glad to see the continued emphasis on quality programming to support Girls and Women. That said, Mr. Masri challenged participants and CGI organizers to advance this important discussion further at the fall event Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: Walking Club

Last week, Leila and I took our Fitness class on our second walking club through Nablus. In general, it would be fair to say that Nabulsi women do not walk merely for the sake of walking. Walking is for when you have to get somewhere and can’t take a taxi. While our first walking club two weeks ago was ended by an unfortunate downpour, this week the heat of middle eastern spring was just shy of becoming too warm. We wandered to a nearby park, took a rest under the welcome shade of tree, then took a longer route back Continue reading…

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FWEN Participant Opens Restaurant in Nablus

Along the sidewalk of An Najah Street, FWEN Participant Nehaya in the company of family and friends, unveiled the sign to her new restaurant, “Matbakh Beit Al-Eleeyah.” While the official grand opening is set for Saturday, March 26, 2011, Nehaya took the opportunity thank all those that supported her throughout the last year, including her friend and fellow FWEN participant Sahar, who designed the new sign. Nehaya’s restaurant will provide traditional Palestinian food to university students interested in a home-cooked meal in place of more typical student foods such as fast food. As a student at An-Najah University (she graduated in 2007 with Continue reading…

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Female Empowerment and Leadership Training Lead by Yvonne Davis

On Monday, March 21, 2011 Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, in collaboration with the United States Consulate General Jerusalem, hosted a workshop led by Yvonne Davis, an internationally recognized leadership development coach and speaker. Ms. Davis addressed an audience of twenty, including participants in TYO’s Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) project and adult female participants in the TYO-MEPI literacy collaboration. Ms. Davis discussed leadership principals and female empowerment tactics that reverberated with the entire group – from recent graduates to older mothers. Ms. Davis focused on the importance of personal integrity, a strong set of personal values and beliefs and a Continue reading…