Volunteer Spotlight: Jihan
Traditionally in Palestine, children are brought into a system where the child comes last but at TYO, the child always comes first.
This Volunteer Spotlight features Jihan Imran. Jihan is 22 years old and a current volunteer in the Core Program as well as the Homework Help class at TYO.
How long have you been a volunteer at TYO and which classes have you participated in?
This is my first session working with the morning Core Program and Homework Help in the afternoons.
What do you study?
I am a junior studying Financial and Banking in Al-Quds Open University.
How did you hear about TYO?
I first heard about TYO through word of mouth. Many of my friends from the university were involved in the Youth Service Learning Program and they spoke so highly of the organization.
Why were you motivated to come?
I was moved when I heard about their mission and their target populations. The refugee camps in Nablus are seriously underserved so I really think this organization fills the gaps.
What was your favorite moment/class at TYO?
The best moment was when one of the children from the morning Core Program came to me in the morning saying "I love you Jihan” and gave me a ring as a present that he picked out on his own. It was heartwarming.
What have you learned as a result of your time spent here?
I have learned how to deal with children and how to respect their needs which is something we lack in this community. Traditionally in Palestine, children are brought into a system where the child comes last but at TYO, the child always comes first. I also learned how to be part of a team with the teachers and other volunteers.
What is your hope for tomorrow's youth?
I hope all young people will have the spirit of volunteerism and participate in community activities to build their own community and be effective humans.