TYO and Citizen Diplomacy

As you can read from recent posts by our fantastic Fall 2010 interns, intercultural exchange is an important priority for TYO. Our American staff and volunteers are important ambassadors in Nablus. Similarly, they are able to learn a great deal about Nabulsi life and culture, which they bring back to their communities in the US after their work with TYO.

Inasmuch, we’re very excited to participate in the first-ever Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, hosted by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy, under the auspices of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington DC this week. See the full agenda here, and stay tuned for tweets from TYO Director, Nell Derick Debevoise, who’ll be in attendance.

TYO Event week with Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Cherie Blair

What a week! TYO has come out in Washington, and we did it with a splash! Check out some video and commentary at the links below – more coming soon… Here’s the TYO team onstage at the Gala last night with Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, event chairs Terry McAuliffe and Samia Farouki and TYO Founder Hani Masri!

Photo Credit: Davide De Pas Photography

Coverage:

They are Calling Out for Bill Clinton’s Magic – The Washington Note | October 22, 2010

Clinton was at DC’s Ritz Carlton to keynote along with former British first lady and Matrix Chambers legal firm legend Cherie Blair, chair and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, a fundraising gala for a surprisingly successful NGO that works with young children and women in Palestine.

Terry McAuliffe, Bill Clinton, etc. at “Tomorrow’s Youth” Gala – Blue Virginia | October 22, 2010

I had a great time last night at the “Tomorrow’s Youth Organization” gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. Thanks to Terry McAuliffe and Levar Stoney for the invitation. Highlights included meeting Cherie Blair and finally getting to shake Bill Clinton’s hand. [See link for author's video and photos]

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization hosts Bill Clinton – Palestine Note | October 22, 2010

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, an NGO whose mission is to empower women and children of Palestine, hosted former US President Bill Clinton on Thursday. The event took place in Washington, DC and keynote speakers included former British first lady and Matrix Chambers legal firm legend Cherie Blair, chair and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization – DJ OZ | October 22, 2010

Last night I had the honor of DJing the first annual Tomorrow’s Youth Organization Gala at the Ritz Carlton. It was an amazing event for an amazing organization. Honored guests included Pres. Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones and Cherie Blair (wife of Former PM Tony Blair).

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization Gala – The Washington Scene | October 25, 2010

The ballroom at The Ritz -Carlton was filled to capacity last night when co-chairs Terry McAuliffe and Samia Farouki hosted a gala for the first time to benefit Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, a group whose mission is to work in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East to help children, teens and their parents build strong, responsible communities. TYO is the brainchild of Hani Masri who founded the organization in 2007 with a vision and a mission to improve the lives of those suffering from poverty and violence.

More from TYO soon…

TYO co-hosts panel at New America Foundation: October 20

The New America Foundation, in cooperation with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization and the Palestine Note,

cordially invites you and your colleagues to an afternoon policy forum on the Middle East:

BEYOND PLATITUDES: WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

WHAT’S REAL? WHAT’S NOT? WHAT CAN BE DONE

FIDA ADELY Clovis & Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies Center for Conteporary Arab Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

NADEREH CHAMLOU Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank

DOA’A TAHA-BRAHIMI Consultant and Vice President, Grey Matter International, Ltd.

NELL DERICK DEBEVOISE Director, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization

AMJAD ATALLAH Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation

moderator STEVE CLEMONS Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation and Publisher, The Washington Note and Editor at Large, Talking Points Memo


WEDNESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2010 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (followed by refreshments)

New America Foundation 1899 L Street NW, 4th Floor Washington, DC

For those not in Washington, we WILL STREAM THIS EVENT LIVE at The Washington Note, The Palestine Note, and on the New America Foundation website and make it available for later viewing.

National Children’s Museum highlights cooperation with TYO

TYO partner National Children’s Museum showcased our cooperation in Washington DC this week. The event was hosted by NCM Board Member, Zeid Masri and his wife Beth, in the lead-up to the NCM Gala on December 2 and discussion focused on the TYO-NCM partnership. The exhibit panels that have been on display at the NCM Launch Zone (see photo below) were on display and NCM and TYO team members, (Willard Whitson, NCM’s VP of Public Programs & Exhibitions, Mark Wright, NCM’s Director of Partnerships and Nell Derick Debevoise, TYO’s Director) discussed the work we’ve done together over the last year as well as previewing plans for 2011 and beyond.

Above (left to right): Andrea Smith of TYO, NCM event hosts Beth and Zeid Masri and Nell Derick Debevoise of TYO at the September event in Washington DC.

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Time magazine calls TYO an “excellent pre- and after-school program”

TYO was excited to be featured in Joe Klein’s recent column in Time magazine, “Renewal in the West Bank.” We are indeed proud to contribute to the trends that Klein cites, including institution building and increased security. That said, we couldn’t agree more with Klein’s disclaimer that all of the progress he observed during a recent visit to the West Bank (and TYO!) is tempered by major ongoing challenges including external control of “borders, the airspace, the water supply and the electricity.”

Klein also discusses the excellent work of TYO partner, the Education for Employment Foundation, with which we have a long-standing relationship and hope to start concrete collaboration in Fall 2010, in the context of a US State Department grant.

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