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Tomorrows Youth Organization

Rating: 4.96 stars   24 reviews 2,183

Address:

1356 Beverly Road Suite 200 McLean VA 22101 USA

Mission:

TYO works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members.

Geographic areas served:

Middle East, West Bank, Lebanon

Programs:

Core child program - nablus center: the tyo core child program offers non-formal education activities in art, health, it, music, english and sport for 4-8 year old children from the most disadvantaged areas of nablus, west bank (three refugee camps, old city and khallet al amood). Full-time tyo teachers develop the curricula with input from university professors, and a certified family therapist. All activities are designed to teach children self-expression, practical skills, and coping strategies in a safe environment. Youth volunteers are trained to support teachers in the classroom, providing positive role models for the young children. More centers are being planned for other disadvantaged areas of the middle east. Core program children come to tyo 4 times weekly during 10 to 12-week sessions totaling about 100 program hours per child. Art: a variety of arts and crafts activities provide a forum to explore topics like family and identity, offering an outlet for children to express their hopes, fears, successes and pain. English: international interns lead immersion classes to teach children basic vocabulary and expressions in english, offering a fun cultural exchange and a head start on their english studies in school. Health: activities related to nutrition, personal hygiene, self-esteem and identity promote healthy development of children's bodies and minds. It: the tyo curriculum helps children to become comfortable with the basic computing skills that will be essential to their academic and professional success. These practical skills also contribute to children's self-confidence and capacity to connect with others beyond their immediate community. Sport: individual and group activities teach children motor skills, coordination, teamwork and healthy competition. Sports class also provides a safe context for physical activity which most of our children have no other access to.

women's empowerment:because of their central role in the family and potential leadership for community change, woman are a crucial target for tyo. Therefore, tyo offers two interventions to support women: economic empowerment and mental/physical health and wellbeing. The women's entrepreneurship programs, with support from the cherie blair foundation and other leading organizations in nablus and lebanon,provide customized business development training, coaching, and confidence-building activities for high-potential young women to develop viable business plans based on their skills, education, and motivation to work. By starting their own business, participants generate income for themselves and other female employees thus improving the economic situation of families and the broader community. Specifically, the program addresses two factors that prevent women from doing business and earning a better living: access to information about demand in local and international markets and to sales outlets in those markets; and the business and personal skills required to launch and sustain a commercial enterprise. The project has four unique phases: 1. Selection of female business leaders, initial 4-day intensive training, and individual coaching and mentoring. 2. Production of business plans and linkage to finance. 3. Selection of 8 business plans to be incubated. 4. Futher training and support for business expansion, with particular focus on marketing, distribution, and subcontracting other women. Over the life of the project, 60 women - 20 business leaders and approximately 40 craftswomen and working women with talent, economic need, and the qualifications necessary to staff the businesses - will be engaged directly and 500 family members will be reached indirectly. The women's group provides basic knowledge about health and child development that,combined with self-confidence and other life skills, provides concrete benefits for these women and their families. Tyo offers educational and recreational programs for mothers that support their personal health and happiness, which directly impacts the family's welfare and multiplies the impact and sustainability of tyo's efforts.

youth development: over half of the population in the middle east, and palestine, is under the age of 25. Tyo is committed to engaging this important demographic, the leaders and parents of tomorrow. The tyo youth service learning program is the ideal means to do so, providing young people with a positive outlet for their time and energy as well as personal and professional skills for their future employability. Youth volunteer program - youth volunteers play a vital role in all of tyo's programs. Students from an najah and other local universities are trained in child development and facilitation skills, and oriented to tyo's mission. Then they work 8-15 hours per week alongside professional tyo teachers. For their service, volunteers earn academic credit and scholarship opportunities, as well as invaluable practical experience and training. These young people are an integral part of the tyo community, serving other members but also generating their own activities including community service projects, social events and academic networks. As well as its many benefits for participants, the youth service learning program provides tyo children with role models who provide positive, individualized attention in the classroom and beyond. An najah university (www. Najah. Edu) has offered a great deal of assistance in the establishment of tyo nablus and their students have been an invaluable addition to the tyo team. Its professors play an important role in the development of tyo curricula, and an najah students make up the majority of tyo's youth volunteer corps. We are grateful for an najah's ongoing support of and active participation in tyo's work.

community outreach: it is essential to tyo's success that we are accepted by and become a meaningful part of the local and global community. Locally, we invite all community members to open day events and collaborate with other organizations in nablus. Finally, we are honored to share our nablus constituents' story with the rest of the world through a variety of media and events around the world. The national children's museum (www. Ncm. Museum) in washington dc and tyo share a passion for engaging and empowering children. Ncm, like tyo, offers educational and recreational activities for children and families that inspire children to care about and improve the world. Through its interactive exhibits, online community, and unique national programs and partnerships, ncm is transforming the concept of a traditional museum by becoming a catalyst to inspire and empower kids to speak up, take action, and get engaged in their communities. International intern program: each semester tyo recruits highly qualified american and international interns to work and live at the tyo nablus center. Interns come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, but all bring something unique to share with the nablus community. In 2011, tyo hosted international interns who worked full-time for 10-12 week sessions in cooperation with tyo local and international staff. Interns create enrichment classes for children, youth, and adults from refugee camps and other marginalized areas of the nablus community. Each intern develops and implements their own creative curricula throughout the session and monitors the development of their participants and the effectiveness of various activities and teaching methods. Intern programs may include classes in sports, drama, art, community english classes and weekend recreational activities.

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Reviews for Tomorrows Youth Organization

Rating: 5 stars  

Interning at TYO was by far the best (and most rewarding) work experience I've ever had. TYO is an NGO that is making a sustainable impact among the women and youth from the nearby refugee camps the poorest neighborhoods in Nablus. TYO's multi-generational approach is unique - when a child learns about proper nutrition or hygiene in TYO's non-formal educational classes, their mothers also have the opportunity to learn about diet, exercise, and hygiene in their classes so that changes can be made within the home. During my time at TYO, I learned so much about how to effectively use psychosocial interventions in my classes (I taught a sports class for refugee children ages 9-10) to help my students really understand who they are, where they are from, and why they are important. In just a few weeks I was able to witness profound behavioral changes in my classes by using these interventions - the students were no longer hitting each other or calling each other names; they were beginning to hold hands and make lasting friendships. TYO is exceptional because it considers all the social factors that impact the health of their beneficiaries - for example, the women and children are provided transportation to and from TYO's center, they are given healthy snacks (hummus and wheat pita with carrot sticks and cucumbers), and most of all, they are provided with a safe, enriching center where they can come in and actually be themselves. I would go back and work for TYO in a heartbeat!

 
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This is an NGO that really makes a difference on the ground. The results are evident in the obvious development of the children and from the services that are offered to women. I had the pleasure of volunteering for the women's business incubation program as well as teaching some IT classes for women and could see very clearly the confidence boost women gained from learning new skills and learning to develop and market their businesses. Immeasurable. TYO is genuinely investing in the future of its beneficiaries and is one of the few NGOs in the region that I would support without reservation.

 
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TYO is a stellar organization with a truly special staff and group of volunteers. They are making a difference on so many levels, both in the long-term and on a daily basis. It's a place where kids can let go of everything else and play, learn, laugh and just be kids. This is an organization that gets it; they know what it takes to improve the lives of the people they serve, and they show up every day to accomplish that mission with enthusiasm, perseverance and positivity. Keep it up, TYO!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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TYO is special because everyone there genuinely cares about being a positive place for the kids and the women-not about trying to impress donors or follow industry trends. The focus and the resources are devoted 100% to their beneficiaries.

 
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I think that what makes TYO unique is that if the American staff left Nablus today, there is such an amazing group of local volunteers and staff that the organization would continue to make real change through the variety of program it offers. TYO educates the program's participants, but also implements sustainable projects due to its ability to build a strong foundation of community support and participation. My experience in Nablus gave the the opportunity to understand how an efficient INGO is run, work with experienced staff who wanted to share their knowledge and experience, as well as the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the at-risk youth and women of Nablus. TYO is an amazing organization and I think the work they do will be fully realized when the youth they work with grow up and become the leaders of their own community.

 
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TYO is a truly amazing organization that empowers women and children in some of the most underserved areas in the West Bank. Every child at TYO is valued and loved and it's refreshing to see how transformative their work is.

 
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TYO takes a multi-generational approach to supporting Palestinian refugees, working with pre-school aged youth through middle school aged, providing volunteer and professional development opportunities for adolescents and young adults, and educational opportunities for women. Programs focus on developing psychosocial skills, critical thinking, English, and technology skills, as well as on supporting women entrepreneurs in their businesses. The programs are designed to be responsive to community needs and interests, and provide a safe space for youth and adults alike to play and learn.

 
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TYO provides women and children in an otherwise unpredictable environment stability in the form of psychosocial non-religious, non-political educational programming. I doubt anyone could find a more structured, efficient and effective NGO than TYO in Palestine or elsewhere. The wait list to get into the program is enough evidence of the wonderful things TYO is providing to the community. This is an organization that earned mine and my co-intern's respect by pushing us to connect with our students and the neighborhood. Support TYO, they deserve it!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

TYO is an incredibly special organization that works tirelessly to serve the Nablus and surrounding communities at a time when the critical needs of women and children in Palestine are often underrepresented and even ignored. I have seen firsthand the holistic and deeply thoughtful approach that everyone at TYO uses to best take on current challenges in the community, and the results are inspiring. On a personal level, my experience at TYO was a turning point in deciding to pursue studies, living and work in the region. More than any other place I have worked or volunteered, TYO changes the lives of those both in the community it serves and all those, like me, that have been fortunate enough to take part in it.

 
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In a place where there are few safe public spaces for children to learn through play, TYO offers such an arena. I spent 8 months at TYO in Nablus – 3 months as a volunteer intern and 5 months as a projector coordinator. TYO is an asset to the local community it serves, and a focal point for Nabulsis - especially children and women - to get together and develop skills and confidence through education.
Both the international and local Palestinian staff work hard to ensure that TYO is efficiently run and effective in its psychosocial strategies for improving the lives of the local community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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