TYO in the Big Apple

TYO’s efforts and resources are concentrated very largely on our grassroots, on-ground programming. However, we also recognize the importance of participating in select international activities in order to share our experience, learn about others’ and garner support and knowledge to increase our impact.

Earlier this month, TYO Founder Hani Masri took part in the planning retreat for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2011 Annual Meeting. He was glad to see the continued emphasis on quality programming to support Girls and Women. That said, Mr. Masri challenged participants and CGI organizers to advance this important discussion further at the fall event by engaging more varied speakers such as accomplished youth activists, leaders of innovative if small organizations, and a more geographically diverse representatives. TYO looks forward to seeing continued evolution in the CGI agenda and approach in 2011.

On February 28, the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) organized a special event in cooperation with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy in honor of the international day for Corporate Philanthropy. TYO Director Nell Derick Debevoise took part in the afternoon’s discussions including a broad range of corporate, NGO and UN representatives. The event was a pleasant surprise, with several speakers who made quite concrete, pro-active and unique contributions, such as Jeffrey Sachs from Columbia’s Earth Institute and Carlos Dominguez of Cisco.

The topic was the role of corporate philanthropy in education, specifically toward the Millennium Development Goal of achieving primary education for all and improved professional training by 2015. Participants discussed a variety of contemporary challenges, such as demographic issues creating mushrooming need for capacity, the importance of teaching soft skills like creativity and interpersonal intelligence and the massive obstacles to education presented by natural disaster and conflict. Happily, several inspiring solutions and innovations were also mentioned, such as Cisco’s IT training programs, Nokia’s three-pronged approach including research, capacity building and innovation and Education for Employment Foundation’s teaching-to-the-job model. TYO was honored to contribute its efforts in both early childhood education and practical experience to facilitate the school-to-work transition. A major priority for TYO in 2011 is to engage more with corporate sponsors to scale up these ongoing programs, so it was inspiring to hear from these active corporate citizens.

Read live coverage from the event on TYO’s Twitter feed and others by searching the hashtag #MDG2.

International Volunteer Day at TYO

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) celebrated United Nations’ International Volunteer Day today (Sunday, December 5, 2010) in conjunction with the penultimate week of the fall session. In an award ceremony with honored guests An Najah National University President Dr. Rami Hamdallah, Dr. Jawad Fatayer and Mrs. Asma Masri, over 60 Palestinian volunteers and four American interns received certificates in recognition of their work this session. Ten exemplary volunteers received special recognition by Dr. Hamdallah and TYO for their outstanding service and perfect attendance over the course of the session.

International Volunteer Day is of particular significance in Nablus where over 50 percent of the population is under 25 years old.  This day resonates with TYO’s community-based approach to early childhood education in which children, youth, university students and parents are engaged to work for positive social change through active participation and volunteerism.  Volunteering at TYO ensures that the rising generation has the necessary leadership, communication, and problem solving skills for productive lives as parents, professionals and citizens.

“I want to personally thank all our volunteers for giving TYO children role models who provide positive, individualized attention in the classroom and beyond,” said Nablus Center Director Humaira at the ceremony. “Your leadership gives the children of Nablus hope for a brighter future.”

Following the ceremony, TYO’s staff and volunteers descended upon a local park for a community trash pick up in honor of this important day.

TYO extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the Palestinian and American volunteers that make our work in Nablus possible. Thank you for your time and efforts!

Last Days of Classes & UN International Youth Day

August 12 is the last day of TYO’s 2009 Summer Program. It also happens to be the UN’s International Youth Day.

We want to end our awesome summer with a bang, showing off all that our kids have learned and accomplished over the last 2 months.

By supporting the event, you’ll help us provide fun and games, healthy (and delicious – we swear!) snacks, and take-home treats for 400 4-18 year olds in Nablus. We’ve already got dried fruit snacks, a dabka dance group, and clowns, but with just $2.50 per child we can really thrill these kids!

Donate here.

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June 4 is the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

In 1982, the United Nations established June 4 as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. The day was established to recognize the crisis situation faced at that time by Palestinian and Lebanese children in areas of conflict. TYO recognizes the continuing importance of this message in our work for the children of Nablus.

Staff and interns are hard at work preparing for the Summer Session! Interns and staff continue to paint the summer program classrooms, and everyone’s talent and creativity has brought a personal touch to our newly colorful walls!

And TYO welcomes 6 members from Students of the World to our center!