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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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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