Confidence is Key

During my time at TYO I have learnt a lot; and I learnt the most during the craft activities in my classes. Teaching grade 1 during the summer camp meant I was able to dedicate lots of the time to simple activities that would help the children engage with the topics we were discussing.

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Walking the Peace Path

“Use your words.” It’s a phrase I heard countless times as a kid, and one that naturally slipped into my vocabulary as an adult. Yet after the first few weeks of teaching an energetic class of second graders at TYO, I started to feel like a broken record repeating this adage of the past. Every accidental nudge, misunderstanding, or interpersonal issue snowballed into a larger conflict

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Around the World at TYO

For any of us who have travelled, the excitement and diversity of our world never ceases to amaze and drive us. However, not everyone has this privilege. This realization immediately motivated the core focus of my summer course’s design: I wanted to share how exciting and different the world around us is, in a way that fosters my Grade 5 students’ self-awareness and curiosity.

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Winning Over the Fear of Losing

Every second grader hates to lose. Building a healthy relationship with defeat is not easy for adults, much less for 7-year-olds. At TYO’s summer program, youth learn critical socioemotional skills through play. This involves lots of engagement, excitement, and fun, but with games also comes the possibility of losing.

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Whiteboard or shovel?

After a typical day in my first-grade summer class, students leave for home with muddy shoes and dirt under their fingernails, because they have just spent an hour submerging their hands in flower pots, smelling and tasting herbs, and inspecting all the curves and dents of a flower bulb or a seed. We have ditched pencils for watering cans and notebooks for piles of soil.

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Economic Empowerment Through Laughter

During my time at TYO, I had the unique opportunity to work with the Youth Rehabilitation Through Entrepreneurship Program (YREP). This program plays a pivotal role in combating unemployment in Palestine. Last year, Palestine’s unemployment rose 5.4%, from 24.5% in 2017 to 29.1% by the end of 2018.[1] In a society where job opportunities are scarce…

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Humans of Nablus 45

"I find the seminars in the Women's Empowerment and Parenting Program very helpful and I have learned a lot from them. In my time at TYO, I attended seminars on human rights, child development, women's rights, and law. This was valuable information for me and I proudly share this knowledge with the community around me.

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A Safe Place to Make Mistakes

There are a lot of special memories I will bring home from my internship at TYO. Many of them are moments I shared with my students in the English Conversation Course.

When I started my internship, I was assigned as teacher for an English conversation course for beginners; two weekly classes, where local youths and volunteers could practice their English…

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The Universal Language of Children

Since I was little, I have been fascinated by languages and the thousands of combinations of sounds and symbols that human beings have developed to communicate. Whenever I have been travelling, I’ve always loved to hear people speaking their own language and to try to imitate the sounds of their words. When I found out I had been accepted for an internship in Palestine, I was really excited about the idea of living in an Arabic-speaking country.

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TYO’s New Program: Learning What’s Behind the Smiles

Interning at TYO has made me realize what a huge impact organizations like TYO have on the community. Being involved in the Family Psycho-Educational Intervention and Economic Support Program, Women's Empowerment and Parenting Program, and the Core Child Program has taught me what an invaluable facilitator for community development TYO is. I’ve seen children and women come out of their shell and grow confident in themselves and their abilities after only a couple of months in the children’s and women’s programs. And I’ve witnessed families overcome serious adversity through my work in the Family Psycho-Educational Program.

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When a Hug Says it All

In my modest teaching career, one of the main problems I have run into is classroom management.With my 2nd grade here at TYO, I encountered my biggest challenge yet. My co-teacher informed me about different methods she tried and said she was open for any other suggestions. I was scared. One of my major concerns was the fact I didn't speak any Arabic and the students themselves had only limited knowledge of English.

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Cultivating the Business Skills of Youth Entrepreneurs

Thanks to the generous support of Qatar Fund for Development #QFFD, our Youth Rehabilitation through Entrepreneurship Program (YREP) is empowering bright, high-potential Palestinian youth to pursue their professional aspirations. Watch our video to meet our entrepreneurs and learn more about how YREP is cultivating the business skills of young people across Palestine!

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Montessori for the Middle East

Today, on April 3, 2019, Lynne Lawrence, Executive Director of Association Montessori Internationale, and Hani Masri, President and Founder of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, signed an agreement to implement an innovative Montessori initiative in the Middle East. The partnership supports and advances the organizations’ shared goal to help children and families realize their potential. In the process, Association Montessori Internationale and Tomorrow’s Youth Organization will build stronger communities and lay the foundation for a bright future for all children and families.

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