Empower a Child Today for a Brighter Tomorrow.

Layan has been a participant in our programs for over four years and has grown so much along the way! Today, Layan is in third grade and is part of our Academic Assistance Program supported by Qatar Fund for Development #QFFD. Layan is one of many children served by Tomorrow's Youth Organization whose life has changed for the better. Watch her story to learn more about how #TYO played an important role in her academic journey and in shaping her personality.

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Best of Nablus: Olive Picking in Asira

The olive tree is very important for Palestinians, both as a symbol and as part of the economy: olive trees make up two-thirds of all trees in Palestine. Olive harvest season typically begins in September, and TYO’s international staff was invited by Nahawat, a central TYO figure for five years, to join her and her family for a day of olive picking. I’ve always found Nahawat’s presence at TYO to be both uplifting and motivating – her love for TYO is evident in her welcoming smile and the hot cup of coffee or tea that she brings you when you need it most.

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"This is a golden opportunity for real!"- Rawshan's Journey

As a young artist growing up in Nablus, when Rawshan Malhis discovered that local art shops weren’t carrying sketchbooks, she decided to create and start to sell her own sketchbooks with beautiful covers. Though her original business model did not work out and sketchbooks are now available locally, like any resilient and successful entrepreneur, Rawshan was not discouraged.

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Introducing: Our New Website!

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization is growing quickly. With the help from old and new supporters, we are able to do more and more for disadvantaged and under-served communities in the Middle East, and adjust our programming to their ever-changing needs.

Our growth is now reflected in an entirely new online home. In the past weeks and months, TYO has been working hard behind the scenes and we are very proud to now finally introduce to you our new website!

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Humans Of Nablus 42

“I like TYO’s concept and goals. At first, I thought that TYO is only about educational programs. I didn’t know that the organization cares this much about the humanitarian side. That’s what makes this place so special. TYO cares about the happiness of the kids. Children can come here and find support for the unimaginable challenges that many of them face.”

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Working with Women for a Brighter Future

Nesreen Hajaj is the coordinator for TYO’s new Women’s Empowerment and Parenting Program, made possible by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). Nesreen worked in Yafa Cultural Center in Balata refugee camp for 8 years providing mental health and counselling services for residents of the camp. She also volunteered as a social worker for the YMCA in Nablus for 4 years. Nesreen learned of TYO’s multi-generational and holistic approach toward empowerment and joined the TYO team to lead programs that work with mothers and the children at the same time.

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You Can Do It! A New Approach to Early Childhood Education

Basem Hasoun joined TYO in November 2017 as the Early Childhood Program Manager. Before joining TYO, he obtained a degree in Primary Education at Al Yarmouk University in Jordan. He wanted to be part of TYO because he believes in TYO values, which focus on a creative and holistic approach to learning that targets children, mothers, and the family.

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2018: A Year of Hope

Suhad Jabi Masri is the Center Director of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization and has worked with the organization for ten years. She specializes in therapy for women who suffer from domestic abuse and traumatized children and families. Suhad holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from An Najah University, a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from European University in Switzerland, and a Master of Arts in Family Therapy from the University of Rochester in New York. As Center Director, she approaches TYO’s programs with the goal to empower people to realize their potential, broaden their thinking, and shape their own futures.

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Brewing Friendships

I don’t even know where to start. I have learnt and felt so much since being in Nablus, that summing it all up in a few simple words feels like an impossible task. So, I’m going to do it in the most British way I know how – through tea.

At home, tea is a focal point in many situations. When you visit a relative, there is an offer of tea. When you’re stressed at work, there is an offer of tea. Whether you’ve had a bad day, or are sharing good news, there is always the supportive response of, “Would you like some tea?” I didn’t realise just how embedded in me this ‘tea culture’ was until I arrived in Nablus.

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All the Good in Goodbye

As the internship draws to a close, it is time to reflect back on all of my experiences in Palestine. How can I possibly capture all of my thoughts, impressions and experiences inside a single blog post? The people of Palestine, my co-workers, students, and friends are all so incredibly warm and kind. The landscape of Palestine can only be described as breathtaking. My favorite past time had to be road trips between cities because it gave me a chance to look at the rolling valleys, the sprawling olive tree groves, and the mountains that cast their long shadows as the sun set.

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Random Acts of Kindness

There are many experiences that I could highlight as my time at TYO ends. I could talk about the joy of watching children discover their potential. I could talk about the teachers and the unfailing support they have given me. I could talk about local culture and opportunities I have had to witness how Nabulsis live, interact, and view the world. The common threads uniting all of these experiences, however, are the random acts of kindness that I have experienced since I arrived.

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Humans of Nablus 41

While working at TYO, I have learned that education depends on the community as a whole. Children need time and support from both their teachers and parents. They also need personalized activities. Some children are visual learners, some learn best through physical activity, and some learn best by listening. TYO provides children and the community with these valuable learning resources because they care about them.

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Winning More Than Just First Place

This session at TYO marked my first-time teaching 5th and 6th graders English, and with it the introduction to a huge group of students who seemed to have boundless enthusiasm and limitless amounts of energy. In the spirit of TYO, I looked for ways to redirect and focus this energy, rather than trying to suppress it and control it, and ended up introducing my favorite personal teaching style into the classroom: Competition.

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The Art of Making Mistakes

"There is no such thing as a mistake in art.” Even now, years later, I can still remember my elementary school art teacher encouraging me to embrace mistakes. She showed me how a misplaced line or extra paint splotch could become a new design. There is always a way to transform an accident into an opportunity. As a child pre-occupied with perfection, art gave me space to develop at my own pace. I enjoyed learning without worrying about making mistakes.

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