The Kalimatna Initiative Presents “This is Nablus!”

Over the course of 2010, seven American and three Palestinian youth worked together to document the city of Nablus through photography and videos of the people, places and things that make it special. The following  multimedia presentation is the final result of the Kalimatna project.

Check out “This is Nablus!” on Prezi!

 

The Kalimatna Initiative, meaning “our words” in Arabic, is a youth-led cultural diplomacy project whose goal is to introduce the culture of Nablus, Palestine, to the world.

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…

Nabulsi Cinema: Now Playing on the Triple Exposure website

Check out the latest post by Project Coordinator Doris on the Triple Exposure website:

Explore the origins of what I’m sure will soon be a burgeoning film industry in Nablus: the short films made by Triple Exposure students! See the work written, acted, animated, filmed, and edited by Taha, Mahmoud, Hiba, Suzan, Hanadi, Mohammed, Mumin, Yaseen, Hala, Mujahed — the list goes ever on. Characters range from a Palestinian police officer to a young boy with big dreams to a young girl who unexpectedly finds herself on a magical journey!

The kids have developed their skills in set design, framing, and composition in the photography and mural classes, allowing us to now focus much more on films this fall. So stay tuned for new releases!

Volunteer Masa and photo/film student Shireen prepare for filming

“Triple Exposure” is a TYO initiative that aims to develop identity, awareness, and vocational skills among children and adolescents through teaching photographic expression and the production of public art.

In the Media: Hollywood goes to the West Bank (VIDEO)

TYO is thrilled to be featured in Palestine Note CEO Fadi Elsalameen’s recent column on The Huffington Post, “Smart Power: Hollywood goes to the West Bank.” We are indeed very proud to contribute to the smart power that Elsalameen cites, including providing children and youth in Nablus with enriching and innovative summer programming and activities.

Why would an American youth who grew up in Hollywood, worked there as an assistant director on TV shows, a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International studies want to live and work in the West Bank city of Nablus?

It’s the same reason anyone would want to live and work anywhere else in the world: the opportunity and the reward.

Read the full text on Palestinenote.com or The Huffington Post and watch Rick’s video below!

Press Conference with Imad

Last weekend my class played several question games to build on our activities focusing on observing the world through the five senses. To put all the question brainstorming to work we invited TYO staff member, Imad, to a “press conference,” which you can watch below!

Duha: What’s your name?

Imad: My name is Imad Mansour.

Ibrahim: How are you?

Imad: Thanks be to God, very good.

Mohammed H: How old are you?

Imad: 26, minus a little.

Ayasar: Where do you live?

Imad: I live in al-Dhahiyya, in Nablus.

Rihanna: What do you do?

Imad: I am the volunteer coordinator at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization.

Labeeba: When do you go to work in the morning?

Imad: 8 o’clock in the morning.

Mohammed A: How many brothers and sisters do you have?

Imad: 5 brothers, 1 sister.

Yazan: Are you married?

Imad: Engaged!

[Congratulations from the room]

Said: Who’s the most important person in your life?

Imad: Thukan Fishawi in Ramallah.

Shams: What’s your favorite meal?

Imad: Stuffed Grape leaves.

-Kara

Kara is an intern at TYO Nablus and a participant in the Kalimatna Initiative.

Triple Exposure: Spring 2010 in photos

Check out the latest post from Triple Exposure Coordinator Doris on TripleExposure.net:

“The Spring 2010 session of Triple Exposure in photos:

Our first outdoor mural, under construction!

Kelsey's class happily at work on the mural

Mural student Suheib works on a mural design

Photo/film students work on film scripts with volunteer Iman

Photo/film student Ishaq prepares for his acting role

Photo/film students shoot a film at the Roman ruins of Sebastia

Photo/film students shoot a film on the harvest among an olive tree grove

TripleX Anime Video

The TripleX mural class made this anime film last week.

Triple Exposure, a new TYO project, develops identity and awareness through photographic expression and public art. TripleX uses art and photography classes to engage children ages 7 to 16 from our target areas.

TYO Celebrates International Children’s Day

Yesterday, TYO celebrated United Nations’ International Children’s Day. About 200 community members, including children and parents, came to TYO’s Open Day to enjoy an exciting array of activities, including art and sports activities, face painting and debka.

A special thanks to all the  TYO volunteers who did an incredible job orchestrating the day and leading activities.

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Today’s Count Down Begins three hours left!

With just 3 hours left until the end of today’s daily competition of America’s Giving Challenge, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization HAS REACHED THE TOP TEN!

As those in the top ten spots continue to fight for the top spot, we must work even harder to fight for a space among them! Please help us fight for them and for the right to childhood for Palestinian children in Nablus!  We have made tremendous progress, building significant momentum and catapulting ourselves into one of the top 100 spots for the overall $50,000 prize! Currently, we are only 13 spots outside of the TOP FIFTY!

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Call to Action: Support TYO in America’s Giving Challenge!

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization enables children, youth and parents in disadvantaged areas of Nablus to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members. America’s Giving Challenge on Facebook Causes empowers real people to realize their potential as philanthropists by hosting a challenge where the wining nonprofit is the organization that rallies the most support instead of the largest amount of funds. In short, it is the number of donors we inspire to give that matters not how much they give (so long as they meet the minimum requirement of $10).

Now you can help TYO realize its potential by donating $10.  If you donate NOW—before 3:00 pm EST on October 16—you can help TYO win today’s daily competition and a $1,000 prize. Now is the time for an exciting donation blitz! Click here to make a $10 donation to TYO.

Your $10 donation will:

  • Buy a child healthy snacks for over two weeks.
  • Fund a youth volunteer’s transportation to TYO for a week.
  • Supply enough classroom materials for one child for the whole Fall Session.

If you donate before 3:00 pm EST on November 6—remember each individual can make a $10 donation once a day until the end of the challenge—you can help TYO win a $50,000 prize!

If we win the $50,000 prize:

  • We will create a child-friendly library.
  • We will build an outside play area.
  • We will furnish a second computer lab to serve all the need we observe in Nablus.
  • We will outfit our kitchen with basic equipment in order to offer hot meals to our participants and basic nutrition and sanitation classes for our kids’ mothers in order to extend our efforts within the Center to the entire community.

Please join the TYO Team as we work to win the most donations in a single day on October 16.  With your help, we will be one step closer to becoming a genuine challenger for the overall $50,000 prize! Click here to make a $10 donation to TYO.

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