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YLC Completes Skill-Based Trainings with YALLA Participants

The Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) is a group of eight university students who are active citizens of Nablus working to build work-related and life skills, while increasing their role in the community. Having completed 50 hours of intensive, skill-based training led by local experts, YLC members applied their newly acquired leadership, communications, reporting, and management skills to evaluate a call for applications for youth-identified community initiatives. Currently they are reviewing and fine-tuning eight initiatives submitted by 13 local youth, or participants of Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA). YALLA is a youth-led civic engagement program – supported by the US State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) – that targets youth aged 12-21.The YLC will assist in selecting three of these initiatives to be funded, and devise implementation, monitoring and evaluation plans for each, engaging applicants and other TYO volunteers throughout the process. Continue reading

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Meet the Youth Leadership Committee!

The Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) was formed through the Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA), a nascent TYO project with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).  YLC members will apply their training to support youth-identified community initiatives over the next year.  Meet the youth leaders below:   My name is  Ayah Mufeed Jarra and I study English Literature at An-Najah National University.  I worked with Relief  International’s School on Line as an assistant and I was responsible for youth activities and supporting education initiatives for students who needed extra support in English, Arabic, and Math.  I have volunteered Continue reading…

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“Women hold up half the sky”

Campaigns like The Girl Effect and bestsellers like Half the Sky have taught us that one of the best ways to fight poverty, counter violence and progress society is to educate girls. When you educate a boy you invest in his future, but if you educate a girl you invest in an entire community. The potential that women have to make transformative changes in their families and communities is the very reason why TYO is committed to them. The male dominated cultural tradition of TYO’s target areas has led to a lack of women in leadership positions socially, economically, and politically. TYO recognizes that women Continue reading…

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The YALLA Program and First Steps

The Youth Action Local Leaders Alliance (YALLA) is a new and exciting youth-led civic engagement program that aims to provide university-aged youth with the opportunity to head a civic engagement program in Nablus. With support from the US State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the YALLA program is already off to a great start! We currently have an advisory committee consisting of Dr. Jawad Fatayer of An-Najah National University, Mr. Ayman Abu Ghazala, General Director of Al Hajj Taher Al-Masri Company, and myself, working hard on this exciting new project. We’ve met just recently to establish criteria in selecting and recruiting students Continue reading…

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Fostering a Culture of Reading in Nablus

Today marks the celebration of International Literacy Day. The right to an education, of which literacy is an integral piece, is defined both as a human right and as a UN Millennium Development goal. We use literacy skills daily to communicate, to complete transactions, to learn, and to work. Without these skills, a person must depend completely on another to make his life decisions. It is unsurprising that a UNESCO Report entitled The Global Literacy Challenge directly links illiteracy to poverty, gender inequality, income disparities, marginalization, and denial of basic human rights. Not only is literacy a source of economic Continue reading…

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Diving Headfirst into Summer

The Core Program revitalized the building here in Nablus last week. The voices, cheer, excitement, and sheer wonder breathed air into the lungs of TYO. Their arrival marks only the beginning of our summer programming, however. This week, we’re back in rhythm and jumping right into a full schedule of classes and projects. Of course, we’ve got a whole bunch of fresh faces in the building. A new crop of great interns has arrived, and having spent the past ten days or so orienting and acclimating, eyes wide and ears open, the seven of them are ready for business. They Continue reading…

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First Summer Workshop for TYO-MEPI Literacy Collaboration

On Saturday, May 14, 2011 Tomorrow’s Youth Organization completed the first summer workshop of the TYO-MEPI literacy collaboration. This session focused on training this summer’s old and new volunteers on how to use Scholastic’s My Arabic library to encourage reading and improve literacy in Nablus’ children.  For more information on this collaboration, read: TYO launches a new literacy project in partnership with MEPI. Related posts:TYO Celebrates Refugee Children’s Achievements on UN International Youth DayAlumna Post: Palestinian Food in Maryland!Photo of the Day: FWEN Participants present businesses to CBFW

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TYO Hosts Final Workshops in Training Series

During the week of Sunday, April 17, 2011, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization hosted the last two civic engagement workshops for the volunteer participants in our collaboration with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). On Sunday, Volunteer Coordinator Ahmad Hanani led a workshop, which highlighted the importance of volunteerism. Ahmad explained the roles and responsibilities of a volunteer as well as the benefits of service to the volunteer and the community. The discussion that followed focused on how the volunteers at TYO and in the literacy project identify with the term “volunteer” and their evaluation of the status of volunteerism in Nablus. Continue reading…

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Site Visit: Morning of Reading in Balata

On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, the women participating in the  TYO-MEPI literacy collaboration (affectionately dubbed the “MEPI Moms”) took the Scholastic My Arabic Library on the road to the Yaffa Cultural Center in Balata refugee camp. Leading reading stations for 30 elementary-aged girls, the women read out loud to the children and encouraged them to read to each other. It was a fantastic and fun-filled morning. Check out more photos from the event on TYO’s Facebook page. Related posts:Monday Field Day at El-Ein Refugee Camp4th of July: A Day of ServiceYou Go Girl

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Female Empowerment and Leadership Training Lead by Yvonne Davis

On Monday, March 21, 2011 Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, in collaboration with the United States Consulate General Jerusalem, hosted a workshop led by Yvonne Davis, an internationally recognized leadership development coach and speaker. Ms. Davis addressed an audience of twenty, including participants in TYO’s Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) project and adult female participants in the TYO-MEPI literacy collaboration. Ms. Davis discussed leadership principals and female empowerment tactics that reverberated with the entire group – from recent graduates to older mothers. Ms. Davis focused on the importance of personal integrity, a strong set of personal values and beliefs and a Continue reading…