Support TYO in GlobalGiving’s Open Challenge

This holiday season, TYO is participating in GlobalGiving’s Open Challenge, a fundraising challenge for non-profits who are doing impactful work around the world. Continue reading

Business of Peace in the Middle East

TYO Founder and President, Hani Masri, headlined a conference at Harvard Business School (HBS) last Friday, April 9, along with Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman of the Portland Trust. The conference was the second annual event on this topic, organized by HBS students and sponsored by Harvard MENA and the HBS Jewish Students Association.

HBS organizers were interested to brainstorm and publicize ways that the private sector can promote stability and peace in Israel and Palestine. Over 100 audience members represented the Harvard community (HBS and the university’s other graduate schools, including the Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Education) as well as Portland Trust and TYO partners, including Ron Bruder, founder and CEO of the Education for Employment Foundation.

The discussion was varied and productive, ranging from the political climate in the region to a proposed web platform to facilitate trade between Israel and the West Bank. Participants focused primarily on innovative and effective measures to work toward a better life for those living in this troubled region, including education, trade and paying particular attention to women’s role in economic development. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently wrote:

When women are free to develop their talents and contribute fully to their societies, everyone benefits.

Inasmuch, we showcased TYO’s efforts to engage women as business leaders and build their capacity to do so.

We look forward to welcoming participants in the conference and others as mentors, donors and partners in our efforts to empower Palestinians in business – particularly the women we work with through our collaboration with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women: Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus. Meet FWEN participants Hadeel and Nehaya in their videos at these links.

Want to help? Get in touch with Project Manager Fatima Irshaid. Or donate now through Global Giving.

TYO is participating in GlobalGiving’s Global Open, can you help us win up to $6,000 in prize money?!

From March 25 – April 26, 2010, TYO is competing to earn a spot on the GlobalGiving website, and earn up to US $6,000 from Global Giving by being one of the top fundraisers in the ‘Global Open’ Challenge. The organization with the greatest number of individual donations will win $3,000, and a separate $3,000 prize will go to the project, which raises the most money. The second and third place runners up for both achievements will get $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. In order to keep our project on GlobalGiving longer term, and use their website for ongoing fundraising, we need to raise a minimum of US $4,000 from at least 50 unique donors during the Challenge.

Please visit our project page and keep an eye on the leaderboard to see how we are stacking up!

This spring our GlobalGiving project supports our International Internship Program! International Community Development Interns lead enriching programs for children, youth and adults from refugee camps and other marginalized areas of Nablus. Each intern develops and implement their own creative, 3-month program, acts as important role model for over 1,000 community members, documents participants’ learning and development, and takes part in valuable intercultural cooperation. In October 2009, after two successful summer internship programs, TYO added fall and spring internship opportunities to its program. The International Internship Program is an essential part of TYO’s work. International interns make it possible for us to double the amount of classes we can offer the community of Nablus. Additionally, interns gain powerful and invaluable insights into the worlds of teaching, education and Nablus. We help us to continue this important program by supporting our project on Global Giving now.

You can help us raise money, earn a spot for our projects on GlobalGiving longer term and earn GlobalGiving prize money by spreading the word!

1) Pass along this blog post to your friends and families and ask them to tell others.

2) If you are planning to make a donation this year to TYO please do so by going to our project on GlobalGiving.

Again our sincere thanks for your support and commitment to TYO and our work!

Thanks!

The TYO Team

Call to Action: Support us on Global Giving!

The Global Open Challenge
From November 24 – December 21, we are competing to earn a spot on the GlobalGiving website, and earn up to US $6,000 from Global Giving by being one of the top fundraisers in the ‘Global Open’ Challenge. The organization with the greatest number of individual donations will get $3,000, and a separate $3,000 prize will go to the project raising the most money. The second and third place runners up for both achievements will get $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. In order to keep our project on GlobalGiving longer term, and use their website for ongoing fundraising, we need to raise a minimum of US $4,000 from at least 50 unique donors during the Challenge.

Your support makes a difference
If you are planning to make a donation this year, please do so by going to our project on GlobalGiving between November 24 and December 21.
100% of your tax-free donation will be put toward the children of Nablus :
  • $10 will buy 2 books for our child-friendly library
  • $25 will buy 25 plates to serve hot meals
  • $50 will provide shelves for either our library or kitchen
  • $75 will buy 3 educational board games
  • $100 will provide 4 bag bean chairs for our child-friendly library
  • $200 will help fund a dishwasher
  • $500 will buy a refrigerator
All donations given through this challenge will:
  • Purchase kitchen equipment and food to offer hot meals for children and nutrition classes for mothers
  • Build a child-friendly library with books and storytelling tools to bolster kids’ literacy skills, love of learning and tools for healthy self-expression.
We value all forms of help. If you are unable to make a financial contribution, please tell your friends and family about TYO. Help us raise awareness through your own Facebook, Twitter and blog accounts. Contact Chelsey (email to: chelsey at tomorrowsyouth.org) for more information on how to help.
Thank you,
The TYO Team!

A twenty-first century introduction to Half the Sky

My entire experience with Half the Sky (Nicholas Kristof’s and Sheryl WuDunn’s new book) has been so twenty-first century that I can’t help but think that times really have changed. And girls and women stand to gain from these changes – I am inclined to believe the many smart and experienced people who are claiming that we have reached a tipping point on this issue: people (finally) get the vital importance of investing in girls and women. It is good for our families’ health, our children’s development, our economy’s vitality, and indeed the security of our states and sustainability of our world.

Half the Sky bookI started reading Half the Sky just last week on my brand new Kindle [what a treat]! Then, I saw a post on my Twitter feed from @GlobalGiving that they were giving away a spot in the call-in book party with the book’s authors, as well as partners from Global Giving, CARE, and other organizations working for girls and women on front lines around the world (many of whom were cited in the book).

Before I go further, I’d like to share the origin of the book title: an ancient Chinese proverb, “Women hold up half the sky.” This eminently Eastern piece of simple yet profound wisdom suits the ‘girls and women issue’ so ideally: a total no-brainer that nonetheless has a lot of deep and complex implications.

First, I was impressed by this conference call concept – low-income, easy access (800 number with an access code) way to get folks together to chat. The discussion was dynamic and interesting – Kristof made the valid point that his involvement, as a man, helps mainstream the cause of women. Several points of discussion revolved around the universality of this issue, and the relevance of both women and men in all regards. For example, many of the remarkable women profiled in the book recognized the importance of a supportive father (or father figure) in their lives, who facilitated the education, perspective or resources necessary to challenge a system that disadvantaged them.

When I asked about ways to bring men into the fold as champions for girls and women in their communities, the authors didn’t provide any concrete suggestions, but did emphasize that they already find many such male allies. From US-based callers to radio shows to tribal leaders, it was reassuring to hear that men around the world are already sticking their necks out for girls’ and women’s rights. WuDunn pointed out that many of the worst perpetrators of injustice against girls and women – slavery not least among them – are themselves women. These points should remind us not only what a complex issue this is, but also that it is something that no human being can afford to ignore.

Both Kristof and WuDunn cited the power of media to propagate ideas, another area in which these authors are well-positioned to get a lot of distance for any issue they adopt. They alluded to online social action planned to amplify the Half the Sky movement, including innovative tools like online gaming as well as increasingly mainstream outlets like Facebook and Twitter.

Congratulations to the authors, Fenton communications representative Amanda Fox, Global Giving and everyone who took part on this hyper-modern and extremely valuable conversation!

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