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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. My elementary teacher must have known that using art in education helps students to develop and become well-rounded individuals. In Continue reading…

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Giggles and Splashes

Growing up in Southern Illinois, swimming was a central part of summer activities. Each spring was spent in anticipation of the time when days would become warm enough to jump into water and play with friends. In this region of the United States, the high number of lakes, rivers, and ponds also make swimming skills necessary for safety. My parents made it their mission to ensure I participated in swim lessons from a young age. Although it took a long time for me to put my face underwater, I learned to count on swimming as an enjoyable and key element Continue reading…

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From the TV Screen Straight to the Heart

Over the past two years, the term refugee has moved from humanitarian development circles into living rooms around the world as international crisis and crisis force men, women, and children to flee their homes for safety. From the flicker of the television screen and cultural, linguistic, political, and religious divides, it can be difficult to process the lives of those living as refugees. Palestinian American poet, songwriter, and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye stated, “You know, those of us who leave our homes in the morning and expect to find them there when we go back- it’s hard for us to Continue reading…

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Celebrate Kids on International Children’s Day!

Happy International Children’s Day! In 1925, The World Conference for the Well-Being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland declared June 1st as International Children’s Day in an effort to raise awareness about the unique issues children face as they learn and grow in an adult world. Fred Rogers, American television personality and creator and host of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, stated, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Here at TYO, we couldn’t agree more! For the children of TYO, of Continue reading…

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Lonely No More: An Interview With Minna

Minna is 3rd grade student from the neighborhood of Khallet al Amood. She heard about TYO from her friends at school. The students were enrolled in the Core program and told Minna about the activities they do and how fun they have at TYO. After hearing about the opportunity to play with other kids her age, Minna decided to register for the Core Child Program. This is Minna’s first session at TYO. Hi, Minna! Why did you decide to enroll in the Core Child Program at TYO? The main reason I decided to join TYO is there is no one Continue reading…

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To Give Joy is to Get Joy: The Success Story of Masarah Kana’an

Masarah Kana’an was born and raised in Nablus. She studied Early Childhood Education at Al Rawda College until her graduation in 2014. Masarah has been active with TYO since February 2016 as both a student in the STEP! II EFL Program and as a volunteer with the Youth Service Learning Program. tAlways eager to help others, Masarah began volunteering with the Core Child Program because she wants to help educate and help children to grow in a positive atmosphere within the Nablus community. What has your professional experience been like outside of TYO? While I was studying at Al Rawda Continue reading…

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Interview with Sonia Abu Ayyesh

Can you tell me about any changes you have seen in your daughter Malak since she joined TYO’s Core program? How were they before, during, and after? Malak has had the pleasure of participating in two Core Early Childhood Program sessions. Before joining TYO, she was very shy, would run away from strangers, and refused to talk to anyone who was not in our immediate family. She was afraid of most people and if someone came to our door, she would run and hide. She was also very sensitive—simple questions would make her run away and cry. Now she loves Continue reading…

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Volunteer, Intern, and Teacher; The Success Story of Tamara Halabi

Tamara Halabi was born and raised in Rujeeb village located outside Nablus.  She received her Bachelor’s in French and Master’s in Teaching Methods. Prior to joining TYO, Tamara commuted from her small village outside Nablus to Ramallah working in customer service for Jawwal, a cellular communications company. In fall 2015, Tamara joined the TYO family as a volunteer, served as a local volunteer, and recently accepted a position as Core Program teacher. What has your professional experience been like outside of TYO? Right after graduation, I worked with Jawwal Telecommunication Company in customer service for 3 years. It was my Continue reading…

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Amal Hamad: A Commitment to Consistent Growth

Amal Hamad is from Einabous village near Nablus. She is studying family development at Al-Quds Open University. She has a great deal of experience volunteering with local and international organizations including the Red Crescent and Medical Relief. Mostly recently, she has been volunteering at Medeed Center for Mental Health and World Vision on Saturday and Sunday and volunteers at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization Monday through Thursday. She has been a volunteer for TYO’s Core Child AM Program for 2 sessions. What has your professional experience been like outside of TYO? I have gained the most professional experience outside TYO at Medeed Continue reading…

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Suzan Afaneh: A Palestinian Success Story

Suzan Afaneh is a 26 year old graduate from An-Najah University with a Marketing degree. Originally from Azmout Village outside Nablus, Susan has been a volunteer with TYO in the Core Early Childhood Program for one session. After graduation, she worked several jobs as a salesperson, but did not enjoy this type of work. She says she felt something missing from her life and from her personality that kept her from being a success in her career. It was a miserable experience for her and she felt disappointed with herself. She began to search for opportunities that would good for Continue reading…