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“I am Talented”

To encourage our students to be confident individuals, Triple Exposure asked them to tell the world what is special about each of them. Watch their responses below: Related posts:Triple Exposure Mural complete in El Ein boys’ schoolVIDEO: Usama Malik is Racing the Planet for TYOExposing Nabulsi Identities

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TYO’s New Volunteer Committees

Our volunteers are always enthusiastic about their work at TYO, but this session, they wanted to represent TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program, outside the walls of our center. We often participate in events and festivals at local universities, speaking to students about TYO’s programs and recruiting new potential volunteers and translators. We often see former and current volunteers at these events and they enjoy speaking to their peers about their experiences and work with us. This session however, the volunteers wanted to push for more. Last Thursday, we created a trio of committees, all volunteer-led, providing a vehicle for youth Continue reading…

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TYO Begins Needs Assessment

“We don’t want to just follow our own assumptions, and because of that, we have to listen to our target groups. They can teach us what are the best programs—what is missing in their lives,” says Suhad Jabi, TYO’s Psychosocial Program Manager. As a psychologist, Suhad has worked with many women’s organizations in Palestine and the United States. She observes that one of the primary mistakes made by such well-intentioned organizations is to project their own hypotheses and assumptions on the people that they work with. Instead, organizations should demonstrate trust in their constituents by asking them to identify their Continue reading…

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Same, but Different

Andrew  My major teaching experience prior to TYO was in a local elementary school in Hong Kong; in other words, another context where English was not the pupils’ mother tongue. Comparing the Chinese and Palestinian children’s grasp of English, it would be misleading to say that the standard is much higher in one place than the other – because I teach some 12 year-olds here in Nablus with astonishingly good English. Rather, in Hong Kong, school tuition has a much higher influence in the average child’s language learning than it appears to for children from the Nabulsi refugee camps. Unlike Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of November 20

 Sunday, November 20 The interns share lessons LEARNED in Nablus   Monday, November 21 Ensuring access SAFE SPACES for play in Nablus   Tuesday, November 22 Youth Service Learning INTERVIEW with Nasser   Wednesday, November 23 Prioritizing all forms of EDUCATION   Thursday, November 24 Happy THANKSGIVING from TYO!     News from Beirut: The magic of MENTORING   Friday, November 25 In honor of Black Friday TYO RECOMMENDS 3 ways to get a jump on holiday shopping while avoiding the mall AND helping TYO!     Related posts:TYO Round Up: Week of December 11, 2011TYO Round Up: Week of Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: November 25, 2010

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! In honor of today being Black Friday and the start of the holiday gift season, here are 3 ways to beat the holiday shopping rush while benefiting TYO programs in the Middle East. Gifts for Good Receive limited edition POSTCARDS featuring the photos from our young Palestinian photographers in Nablus with a donation of $25 or more and/or a set of NOTE CARDS with watercolor scenes of Jerusalem with a donation of $50 or more. Tribute Cards This year, honor someone you care about with a gift that keeps on giving this Continue reading…

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The Magic of Mentorship

      We all have our ideas, beliefs, and way of navigating through life, personally and professionally. Sometimes when we are so busy wearing all of our different hats, a new perspective is what is missing to take our lives to the next level. That added perspective could come to us through the magic of mentorship. I recently experienced the power of mentorship first-hand through participation as a mentor in the Mowgli Mentoring Experience here in Lebanon. A four-day intensive training course in mentorship, the first two days were dedicated solely to the mentors, equipping them with skills and Continue reading…

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Happy Thanksgiving from TYO

Thank you for reading our blog, supporting our programs, and being a part of the TYO community! Related posts:The Circus Came to TYO!Photo of the Day: St. George College Group Visits TYO CenterPhoto of the Day: MEPI Director Visits the TYO Center

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Prioritizing All Forms of Education

At the beginning of each semester, students are often excited to sign up for Triple Exposure’s art and photography classes at TYO. Schools in the refugee camps don’t have art departments, and coming to TYO provides a rare opportunity to exercise the more artistic and creative parts of their personalities. Despite their excitement, however, art and photography —and even formal schooling— can take a backseat to another perceived need: to work. According to UNRWA, about 26% of Palestinian refugees in the West Bank live below the “deep poverty” line. This widespread poverty is linked to high unemployment rates in the Continue reading…

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Youth. Service. Learning.

Every session, more than 80 volunteers from  local universities work with TYO.  Volunteers are trained in a variety of topics: leadership, community development, and classroom management. These trainings help support hardworking, well rounded volunteers for TYO’s classes. But for these young professionals, the trainings also serve as learning experiences that can be put to use in future places of employment. One volunteer, Nasser, started volunteering at TYO in 2009, when he was in his second year at An-Najah University, studying Elementary Education. Naser has volunteered in a wide variety of classes including sports, arts, computer and photography. Now, three years Continue reading…