Tomorrow's Youth Organization

Tomorrow's Youth Organization is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members.
Aug 5, 2013

Making a Splash: Summer Session 2013

Core Program kids make a splash.
Core Program kids make a splash.

Earlier in the season, we asked if you were going to the pool this summer- because our kids at TYO wanted to go, too! And thanks to friends like you, refugee children in Nablus were able to dive right into a summer of fun and non-formal education- which, of course, included several smile-filled field trips to the swimming pool. In the words of Core Program Teacher Mohammed Albukibash, "The pool was a great opportunity for the kids- it was the first time most of them had ever been swimming in a place like that, and they were so excited to have such a spacious area to play."

But in addition to diving boards and backstrokes, TYO’s summer session made a real splash in multiple ways- whether it was Core Program kids expressing themselves in drama class or an international intern working alongside local volunteers, the past three months of programming brought immense impact and memories likely to last for quite a long time. 

Here’s a few snapshots from this summer: 

International Interns: This summer, 7 interns from the United States joined the team at TYO- Eleanor, Kyra, Emma, Jenna, Jessica, Debra, and Elizabeth. During their time here, the interns led a creative, action-filled summer camp that served kids from TYO's target areas, instructed university students in professional competency at An Najah National University, and taught English classes to preschool children at the American Corner in the nearby town of Salfeet.

Core Child Program: With field trips to the soccer stadium and the park, Core Child Program certainly dove into a summer of fun- but the excitement was supplemented with the benefits of non-formal education. This session, Core Program kids enjoyed classes in IT, Health, Drama, Sport, and more- all while learning about self-expression, identity, resilience, and healthy communication. Highlights of the summer included a visit from a local circus, learning about identity during World Refugee Day, and performing a special song for the VIP guests at TYO's 5 Year Anniversary event. 

Youth Service Learning: After undergoing trainings on topics like psychosocial work and translation skills, TYO volunteers took their skills into the classroom, supporting TYO Core Program teachers and international interns. Like Maysoon, pictured below, volunteers helped students with activities like reading and running around at the soccer field- while also sharpening their own professional skills and classroom management abilities, which they can take into their communities long after the session’s ended.   

Stay tuned for next session’s updates, and on behalf of refugee children of Nablus, thanks for your continued support!

Intern Liz smiles with some of her students.
Intern Liz smiles with some of her students.
Hanan from Core Program plays at the park.
Hanan from Core Program plays at the park.
Volunteer Maysoon practices reading with students.
Volunteer Maysoon practices reading with students.
May 6, 2013

Spring Session Comes to an End!

Our Spring session has come to an end. In just eight weeks of programming, our interns formed friendships and bonds with TYO local staff and beneficiaries. In January we warmly welcomed three new interns this session - Alex, Danish and Emily. From Wisconsin, the UK and Pennsylvania respectively, the interns came all the way to Nablus to improve the lives of community members in Palestine’s most disadvantaged areas. They taught IT, fitness and photography to participants in The Women's Group, soccer for boys and girls, English classes for TYO's businesswomen and Professional Competency courses at An-Najah University. It was a busy eight weeks for this group but it was so rewarding!


"The time may have come for me to leave Nablus, but I’m certainly not leaving empty-handed. Of course I’ll arrive at the airport with my bags in hand but more delicately I’ll hold onto the faces and words of gratitude that have permanently planted themselves in my memories."- Emily, TYO intern, Spring 2013


"TYO and its programs will continue, and the incredible people I met here will stay, committed to improving the lives of those in need in Nablus. I’m just glad I got to be a part of it."-Alex, TYO intern, Spring 2013


"I could never have envisioned that I would have learnt so much in so little time. If organisations like TYO continue to provide these women and children with these fantastic opportunities and continue to cultivate them into change makers for their society then I am sure the future of Nablus, Palestine can be a lot different to its present. I am leaving Nablus with the fondest of memories and friendships that I will never forget."-Danish, TYO intern, Spring 2013

May 6, 2013

Branding Continues in Lebanon!

Thanks to your contribution, TYO-Lebanon's women entrepreneurs have participated in a variety of Expos around Lebanon. TYO beneficiaries, each in a branded stand, were afforded the opportunity to network and sell their goods/services to large audiences where they might not have otherwise had the chance to benefit. Their participation also allowed the women a real world chance to put their TYO business training into hands-on practice, further increasing the impact and sustainability. 

Two of the main expos included:

Made in Lebanon: Held at Beirut's main center for expos and fairs, BIEL, in March 2013, this expo housed a variety of different fashions, accessories, decorations, and handicrafts. The perfect venue for our women entrepreneurs and their goods!

Chamber of Commerce and Industry/Agriculture: Held at the North Lebanon, Business Incubation Association of Tripoli, January 2013, this was a 3- day exhibition that focused on local agriculture based products, where many of our beneficiaries were able to sell goods to an average profit of 300USD/day.

Again, TYO-Lebanon thanks you for your support on behalf of our women entrepreneurs!

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