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Diving Headfirst into Summer

The Core Program revitalized the building here in Nablus last week. The voices, cheer, excitement, and sheer wonder breathed air into the lungs of TYO. Their arrival marks only the beginning of our summer programming, however. This week, we’re back in rhythm and jumping right into a full schedule of classes and projects. Of course, we’ve got a whole bunch of fresh faces in the building. A new crop of great interns has arrived, and having spent the past ten days or so orienting and acclimating, eyes wide and ears open, the seven of them are ready for business. They Continue reading…

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Welcome Summer 2011 Interns!

I am happy to introduce our Summer 2011 Interns! These recent graduates and young professionals bring an array of experiences to our team, and they will help TYO reach thousands of community members this summer. Amy – Amy is graduating absentee in June from the University of Chicago with a master’s degree in Humanities. Her focus is creative writing and she hopes to teach community college upon her return to the United States. Prior to her postgraduate study, Amy worked as a Program Coordinator, organizing and leading talks and activities in Los Angeles schools, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Continue reading…

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Photo of the Day: Summer Soccer Begins

The Midnight Football League kicked off its summer season on Sunday, May 29, 2011 with the addition of two new evenings: Sunday and Tuesday. On Sunday, boy and girls seven to ten years old began their first soccer clinic with Colin and the volunteers and on Tuesday boys ten to fourteen will take the field to show us what they got. It won’t be long before these young lads are ready to challenge the older boys (14-16) on Monday nights! We look forward to a fun, safe and exciting season for all! Related posts:Social Media Training!Messi or Ronaldo? Launching a Continue reading…

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What a Wonderful World: The Core Children Are Back!

The work and pace of life here at TYO hasn’t slowed much since the spring session ended in the middle of April. Maybe the teachers, administrators, fresh-faced interns and volunteers had the chance to take in a deep breath for a few days, but then it was right back to all the planning, recruiting, and trouble-shooting necessary for the summer’s exciting programming. And so, the building continued to bustle with meetings, curriculum writing, MEPI trainings, leadership seminars, and the energy of business getting done. Nonetheless, throughout, there was something missing that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Something that Continue reading…

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First Summer Workshop for TYO-MEPI Literacy Collaboration

On Saturday, May 14, 2011 Tomorrow’s Youth Organization completed the first summer workshop of the TYO-MEPI literacy collaboration. This session focused on training this summer’s old and new volunteers on how to use Scholastic’s My Arabic library to encourage reading and improve literacy in Nablus’ children.  For more information on this collaboration, read: TYO launches a new literacy project in partnership with MEPI. Related posts:CGI 2009, Day 1Social Media Training!Photo of the Day: Summer Soccer Begins

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Triple Exposure Mural complete in El Ein boys’ school

Last week, Rimah and the volunteers, in conjunction with a group of eight students, completed a new mural in a classroom at the UNRWA boys’ school in El Ein refugee camp in Nablus. The eight boys, all around 14 years old, had a prior interest in art, and this shone through in their natural affinity for painting. They were full of ideas not only for the mural but also about their futures, and football – asking Rimah if she was a Real Madrid or Barcelona fan – two of the most popular teams here. Many of them had been to Continue reading…

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FWEN Participants show goods at USCG Bazaar

On Thursday, May 12, 2011 FWEN participants Afnan of Coffee Roasters and Heba and Hana of H2 Fashion Design displayed their goods at a bazaar, in Jerusalem, in support of women entrepreneurs sponsored by the United States Consulate General in Jerusalem. Related posts:Mr. Zahi Khoury Tours TYO CenterEarly childhood on NYT Op Ed pagePhoto of the Day: Happy Birthday Imad!

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Triple Exposure Mural Completed at El Ein Girls School

For the first of this summer’s murals, Mural teacher Rimah went to the UNRWA girls’ school in El Ein refugee camp in Nablus. Working with seventeen girls from the school, she brainstormed ideas for the scene. Together, they came up with an idyllic park landscape, based on the ideas of the environment and childhood play, to paint across two walls of the playground. Rimah taught the girls, ages 12-14, how to mix colours to make new ones, which they especially enjoyed, and to use stencils to put flowers into the scene. The volunteers, fellow fine art graduates Alaa and Inaam, were Continue reading…

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The spaces between hello and goodbye

The spring session came to a swift end (I suppose that is always how things end, isn’t it? No slow-mo montages like in the movies, no lengthy, profundity-laced embraces accompanied by a melodramatic musical score), a whirlwind of goodbyes, celebrations both happy and melancholic, early morning flights back stateside, and a constant reaching and searching for words that would always be inadequate in describing what the past three months have meant to us all. The world keeps on spinning without asking our approval, and we all have to roll on with it. Such is a reality no philosopher or theologian Continue reading…