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Review for Tomorrows Youth Organization, McLean, VA, USA

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!

Role:  Former staff