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Should schools teach personality?

Earlier this month, Anna North’s New York Times opinion piece “Should Schools Teach Personality?” caused a stir in education circles. North posed the question and then explored how character development – specifically qualities like curiosity, consciousness, self-control, and the charter school favorite ‘grit’ – could fit into our approach to education. The debate stems out of recent research indicating that personality is a greater determinant of students’ success in school than traditional smarts, which has led many U.S. schools to incorporate these noncognitive traits directly into their teaching. The KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) system is a perfect example, where academics Continue reading…

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Speaking Empowerment: Honoring TWG’s Local Partners

While we often talk about the lively, rich discussions that occur in The Women’s Group  on the TYO blog, we haven’t always discussed who’s leading that talking-  it’s the speakers, local experts, and women’s rights advocates that offer their time to TYO who ensure the daily success of our program. It’s their words of empowerment and encouragement that we hope will bring about a greater dialogue within Palestine about women’s rights. Each session, TYO engages approximately 30 local partner organizations to deliver seminars related to our themes; such as community, communication, identity, and resilience. Whether it’s a lawyer who lends Continue reading…

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Nightmares: Affecting Children in Palestine

As part of my work as TYO’s Psychosocial Program Manager, I am often confronted with the challenges in our early childhood program of nightmares. Nightmares tend to peak around the ages of 3-6 years which is also the age when the brain is going through extensive fundamental development.  At this age, children have not yet differentiated between realty and imagination. The child’s brain isn’t completely developed so it is unable to process extreme daily experiences such as beatings, traumas, and even death.  Therefore all these experiences are stored in the child’s unconscious. The brain replays these experiences through dreams, so Continue reading…

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Supporting Families in Palestine

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization’s Core Child Program team participated last week in a monthly Mental Health Psychosocial Support Network working group meeting. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) presented their programs in order to increase coordination between mental health partners and work together to implement future plans. One of their programs is the Family Protection Program. This was implemented three years ago in a small number of refugee camps in the West Bank as a pilot project. But after the success of the project the program was considered to be a sustainable and important one.The UN is working to Continue reading…

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Seven Psychiatrists in Palestine

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS), is an international organization that works to connect people, networks and organizations to encourage the sharing of resources and the building of knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support. Every month, I have the opportunity to participate in the MHPSS working group, updating like-minded organizations and individuals about TYO’s programs and recent research and findings. We aim to establish a strong network of NGOs who can join together and work to make mental health a more pressing issue for the Palestinian government. Lately, we have been focusing on asking government representatives Continue reading…

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Children Detained

“Impact of Child Detention: Occupied Palestinian Territory” is the title of a report launched at a workshop that I attended on March 12, 2012 in Ramallah. Save the Children and the YMCA have worked together since 2009 to document the psychological impact of child detention on children and their families. The study’s methodology includes focus group discussions and a desk review of background documents on currently and formerly detained children. Save the Children and the YMCA collected and analyzed those documents in order to evaluate their program, Post-Trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children in the West Bank. The baseline study Continue reading…

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Reaching Out to Children Who Can’t Reach Us

At TYO, we try to reach out to as many children as possible. One of the best ways to reach out to more children and families in Nablus is to work with other local organizations to recruit children to our program. In the past, we have worked with the SOS Children’s Village – Palestine in registering children for our Core Program. The SOS Children’s Village – Palestine is located in the center of Bethlehem. However SOS has also established permanent psychosocial centers in Nablus, Hebron, Jericho and Jenin. This session, SOS has referred 12 children with various psychosocial needs, ages 8-14, Continue reading…

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Introducing TYO’s Video Series: Core Child Program

TYO’s Core Program meets 4-8 year old children at a critical phase of their development, helping them to re-discover open expression and to build self-awareness and confidence.  These children are accustomed to isolated and overcrowded refugee camps and disadvantaged neighborhoods that lack the imaginative atmosphere and open spaces that children need to play and grow.  Watch this next installment in our video series to see how the TYO Center has become a critical safe and creative space for children’s healthy development in Nablus. Related posts:TYO CORE TEACHER AND VOLUNTEER ALUMNI: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?Leading by Example: An Interview with Core Teacher AmalWelcome to TYO Continue reading…