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Aug 12, 2011

Summer 2011 Highlights

A TYO Smile
A TYO Smile
Greetings from Nablus where summer classes have just finished up and as usual time has flown by! The Core Child Program begain piloting the Palestinian Preschool Peace and Conflict Education curriculum in partnership with Meridian International Center, the Palestinian Minitstry of Educaiton, and Pen Media, which will be adopted by schools nation wide as part of national curriculum. The Triple Exposure program developed the mobile workshop, Notes from Nablus: Portraits of Kids, By Kids, bringing cameras to the young photographers of Nablus' Refugee Camps; finished murals at Askar Boys' School and Nablus Basic School; and took photography field trips to Beit Feruik, Wadi Badan, and the Old City. Through out the summer, TYO continued to promote literacy in partnership with MEPI, integrating Scholastic’s My Arabic library into all classes to encourage reading and improve literacy in Nablus’ children.

Teaching multiple classes at the TYO Center and English in neighboring village Salfeet; participating in weekly pool days and field days; and exploring Nablus and beyond – its safe to say we kept our interns busier than ever this summer. While at times a bit hectic, our dynamic group handled it all with tremendous professionalism and passion. We are extremely grateful for their commitment to the Nablus community and wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors. In case you missed them on the blog this summer, here are some of their favorite moments from Nablus: Amy and her students learn what’s right about being wrong; Alex shares the many voices of Nablus; Cate reflects on her new friendships with peers in Nablus; Megan shares her experience at TYO in pictures; Samin bids a poetic farewell to her students; and Tala spends an evening with new friends

As we say goodbye to our hard working summer interns as well as TYO's veteran Internship Coordinator, Chelsey Berlin, we also welcome Karen Campion and Clare Herceg, recipients of Princeton University's Henry R. Labouisse '26 Fellowship, who will be working on a variety of projects at TYO for the next year.
Water Day at TYO
Water Day at TYO
Juice Time
Juice Time
Flower Power
Flower Power

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May 26, 2011

What a Wonderful World: Summer Classes Begin at TYO!

The work and pace of life here at TYO hasn’t slowed much since the spring session ended in the middle of April. Maybe the teachers, administrators, fresh-faced interns and volunteers had the chance to take in a deep breath for a few days, but then it was right back to all the planning, recruiting, and trouble-shooting necessary for the summer’s exciting programming.

And so, the building continued to bustle with meetings, curriculum writing, MEPI trainings, leadership seminars, and the energy of business getting done. Nonetheless, throughout, there was something missing that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Something that made everything seem just a step out of rhythm. Then, this morning, I remembered. The children!

At long last, the Core children have returned. Once again, these four to five year-olds, the shy and scared, outgoing and introverted, the smiling and the anxious paraded into TYO, doing their best to make sense of all the new stimuli, the new children, the new noises. As Adam summed up last spring, it is pure joy.

Their first steps are nervous, as if testing the ground. Then they grow more confident, they make friends, they start to sing with their voices and their eyes and right at the moment, all the preparation and writing and logistics find their relevance.

The Core program, offering psychosocial education for these young children from all across Nablus and its assortment of refugee camps, inspires a unique and undiminished happiness each and every time the kids arrive. It’s felt like a long wait, but finally, the Core children are back. I hope these photos can help paint a better picture.

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Curious about life in Nablus? Tune into our blog for more updates on TYO's summer programming. We post a new story practically everyday, sharing intern experiences from TYO classes or travel adventures in the West Bank; news of special visitors and events; and of course all the program news that's fit to print!

As always, we thank you sincerely for your support. We could not provide education and smiles without you!

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Feb 28, 2011

Spring 2011 Session Under Way in Nablus!

TYO Spring 2011 Interns
TYO Spring 2011 Interns
This semester, TYO is happy to provide nearly five hundred community members with the opportunity to engage their creative talents and harness their energy in a safe and productive environment. The follow articles highlight the start of a few recent collaborations where TYO participants--children, volunteers, interns and mothers--combine enthusiasm, education and inspiration to showcase their bright potential.

Spring 2011 Interns
TYO is pleased to introduce the latest, stellar members of our Nablus team. Welcome, Spring Interns: Adam, Mathilda, Colin and Leila! These energetic and diversely talented, young adults are teaching a variety of courses in photography, athletics and English and elevating the importance of intercultural dialogue and cross-cultural connections between the Nablus community and their own.
 TYO and the US Sate Department Partner to Promote Literacy
Have you ever imagined Nablus twenty years from now? We do, a lot! TYO has partnered with MEPI to promote literacy and civic volunteerism within the upcoming generation. On Saturday, February 19, 2011, TYO, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, completed the final workshop in the training series for the new TYO-MEPI literacy collaboration. Thirty university students, ten mothers and several TYO staff members completed the training and will now begin teaching children (ages 6-8) how to read. Check out photos from the training series on TYO’s Facebook Page.

TYO kids excited by the National Children's Museum
Over the course of the last year, TYO kids created artwork for several exhibits on Nablus at the National Children’s Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibits displayed artworks inspired by Palestinian food and holiday traditions and customs. This month in Nablus, TYO is thrilled to display a collection of postcards sent by children in Washington, DC to their Nablus peers that share their favorite playtime activities.
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Literacy starts early at TYO
Literacy starts early at TYO
Early spring greetings from TYO!
Early spring greetings from TYO!
TYO kids connect with kids in Washington, DC
TYO kids connect with kids in Washington, DC
 
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