Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe vists TYO Nablus

On Wednesday, July 21, 2010, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee Terry McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy visited the TYO Center in Nablus with TYO Founder and President Hani Masri. Their time in Nablus included a tour of the TYO Center, Nablus’s Old City, An-Najah National University, Balata Refugee Camp, and the Samaritan village above Nablus.

The day's discussions included the experiences and aspirations of the young Palestinian women and young Americans working at TYO. Several  participants in TYO's women entrepreneurship project shared their business plans with Terry. TYO's American staff and volunteers, including Terry’s son Jack, who was just finishing two weeks as a volunteer at TYO Nablus, shared their impressions of the city of Nablus, focusing on the incomparable hospitality they’ve experienced since their arrival and the reward of directly engaging with Nablus residents of all backgrounds.

Terry toured the TYO Center with several TYO team members and had an opportunity to speak to our Core Program participants in computer class. Additionally, he had the opportunity to step into a workshop for our Core Program teachers on healing anxiety and psychological trauma led by James Gordon, MD, Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

Before reaching the TYO Center, the group took a tour of Nablus’ Old City were they were immersed in the local wonders, including the 130 year old Touqan soap factory and the Brik spice shop.