International Volunteer Day at TYO

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) celebrated United Nations’ International Volunteer Day today (Sunday, December 5, 2010) in conjunction with the penultimate week of the fall session. In an award ceremony with honored guests An Najah National University President Dr. Rami Hamdallah, Dr. Jawad Fatayer and Mrs. Asma Masri, over 60 Palestinian volunteers and four American interns received certificates in recognition of their work this session. Ten exemplary volunteers received special recognition by Dr. Hamdallah and TYO for their outstanding service and perfect attendance over the course of the session.

International Volunteer Day is of particular significance in Nablus where over 50 percent of the population is under 25 years old.  This day resonates with TYO’s community-based approach to early childhood education in which children, youth, university students and parents are engaged to work for positive social change through active participation and volunteerism.  Volunteering at TYO ensures that the rising generation has the necessary leadership, communication, and problem solving skills for productive lives as parents, professionals and citizens.

"I want to personally thank all our volunteers for giving TYO children role models who provide positive, individualized attention in the classroom and beyond," said Nablus Center Director Humaira at the ceremony. "Your leadership gives the children of Nablus hope for a brighter future."

Following the ceremony, TYO's staff and volunteers descended upon a local park for a community trash pick up in honor of this important day.

TYO extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the Palestinian and American volunteers that make our work in Nablus possible. Thank you for your time and efforts!