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TYO at Clinton Global Initiative 2009

TYO’s second experience at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York was even more productive than the first! Not only did we have huge progress to report on our first commitment, we announced an exciting new commitment in cooperation with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. We are eager to share our experience with you – for a more complete overview of panels and working sessions, check out our Twitter feed from last week! In the meantime, here are some highlights. President Obama’s made for a great opening, but the best part of the conference for us was the focus Continue reading…

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PR-Canada: Clinton Global Initiative Members Cherie Blair and Hani Masri Collaborate to Support Women Entrepreneurs

Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Hani Masri, a Palestinian American businessman and Founder of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, launched a project that promotes economic empowerment for women in at-risk communities in the West Bank. Read the full story on their site. Related posts:Intern Kelsey’s Art Class Sings!Time magazine calls TYO an "excellent pre- and after-school program"TYO Founder and President Hani Masri interviewed on MBC Arabic’s "Sabah il Kher"

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Maan News: Cherie Blair supports women’s project in West Bank

Ma’an – Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and wife of the former UK prime minister, and Hani Al-Masri, a Palestinian-American businessman and founder of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, on Friday launched a project that promotes economic empowerment for women in at-risk communities in the West Bank. Read the entire article here. Related posts:TYO launches a new literacy project in partnership with MEPITYO partners with National Children’s Museum in Washington, DCTYO hosts UNRWA schoolteachers

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Midterm Impact Report, Summer 2009

Midterm Impact Report, Summer 2009 Session During the fifth week of our summer programs, a letter was sent home with a random sample of 20 Morning Core Program participants inviting their parents to attend a discussion. TYO Psychosocial Specialist Suhad Jabi facilitated a focus group later that week with five mothers and one father of ten TYO participants.  The focus group was an open discussion in which the parents introduced themselves and discussed their level of satisfaction with the program, changes in their children’s behavior and suggestions for future program development.  Suhad described the conversation as enthusiastic, lively and organic.  Continue reading…

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CGI 2009, Day 1

It has been a crazy first day at CGI – some familiar faces from last year, great energy, awesome kick off to focus on girls & women, of course highlights of Bill & Barack, and exciting preparation for our new 2009 Commitment (news coming tomorrow!). Unfortunately, I’m not getting service in the plenary room (maybe it was Obama’s security today – will try again tomorrow), so I wasn’t able to update from the Opening. But I jotted down some highlights the old school way that I share below. The Girls & Women dinner tonight was great, topped off by the Continue reading…

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Clinton Global Initiative 2009

I’ve just arrived in New York for the Fifth Annual Clinton Global Initiative, TYO’s second CGI conference. Although the events don’t officially begin until Tuesday afternoon, the buzz is already tangible! The UN General Assembly also opens tomorrow, so the city is officially overflowing with official visitors. In its fifth year, CGI seems to be making a lot of changes for the better, toward a greater focus on concrete action and feasible commitments rather than high-profile talking sessions. We are extremely excited for this year’s Action Networks on Investing in Girls and Empowering Women, both topics that are so essential Continue reading…

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Inter-sectoral approach to Early Childhood Development

I was glad to be in the US last week, in preparation for the Clinton Global Initiative, on the occasion of a panel on inter-sectoral approaches to early childhood development, coordinated by the Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings and Save the Children. The Obama administration’s newly appointed focal points on early childhood education (Jacqueline Jones in the Department of Education, and Joan Lombardi in the Department of Health and Human Services) provided hopeful perspectives on the early developments of these new efforts to integrate the government’s policies and programs for young children. They also underlined a recurrent theme of Continue reading…