Tomorrows Youth Organization

McLean, VA   |  http://www.tomorrowsyouth.org

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.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Nell Derick Debevoise

Main address

1356 Beverly Road Suite 200

McLean, VA 22101 USA

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EIN

26-1409007

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

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TYO Core Program

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 (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 recreational coping strategies in a safe environment. Youth volunteers are trained to support teachers in the classroom, providing positive role models for the young children.
Core Program children come to TYO 4 times weekly during 8- to 10-week sessions, totaling about 100 program hours per child. They enjoy non-formal education activities including some combination of the following topics: art, English, health, IT and sports.

Population(s) Served

The TYO Youth Service Learning program provides young people with a positive outlet for their time and energy as well as personal and professional skills for their future.
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 a tuition grant, as well as invaluable practical experience and training.

Population(s) Served

TYO offers a range of programs targeting adults both as individuals and as parents in order to extend the effects of TYO programs to the home environment. For example, parents are eager to learn practical skills like English and IT training that help them find jobs or support their children’s learning. TYO’s fitness class for mothers provides a healthy escape from stressful and exhausting lives. We also provide skills and information directly related to child development. Mothers in particular come to the TYO Center for activities like parenting and First Aid classes.
In addition to parents, we reach out to children and youth over eight years old for a variety of summer programs designed to promote their personal, social, academic and professional development. These programs are determined by community interest, as well as those of the international volunteers who run the programs.

Population(s) Served

TYO is involved with the community locally by hosting Open Days offering recreational, educational and/or health-related events for our neighbors. We also cooperate with local organizations and institutions in order to maximize the impact of TYO's work in the community.

Population(s) Served

TYO is committed to communicating about its work and community members on an international level for two primary reasons. First, we are eager to engage the best available resources (people, ideas and material) in all TYO programs. Secondly, we aim to increase understanding and connectivity between our target populations and the global community.
Globally, we recruit international interns to join the TYO team in Nablus and invite visitors to come to the Middle East to see our work firsthand. Additionally, we are honored to share our Nabulsi constituents’ story with the rest of the world through a variety of media and events around the world.

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1. Offer high-quality early childhood programs to enrich children’s social, intellectual and physical development as creative and engaged citizens

2. Impart knowledge and skills to guide young people’s development as professionals, community leaders and parents

3. Facilitate awareness, communication and cooperation across local and international divides to improve mutual understanding

4. Create safe spaces within which all community members, especially the most disadvantaged, enjoy varied programs based on local needs and interests

TYO’s approach is guided by three main tenets: Comprehensive Development, Sustainable Impact, and Cultural Diplomacy.

Comprehensive Development: Economic prosperity and community revitalization cannot be achieved without quality basic education, which relies on healthy social and physical development. TYO offers well-rounded educational programming for children, including health, English, computer, and art classes. Through this comprehensive approach, TYO participants acquire tangible skills for life and work, while also becoming healthier, more self-confident, and hopeful about their potential to contribute to their community’s brighter future.

Cultural Diplomacy: Person-to-person contact across divides of age, socio-economic status, religion, gender, and culture is the surest and quickest way to erode ignorance and prejudice, leading to a more peaceful global community. TYO programs break down barriers between children, youth, and families from different neighborhoods (primarily refugee camps) and economic classes. Multi-generational programs promote healthy and productive relationships between communities and their youth, who are often seen as troublesome and unproductive.

At TYO’s Nablus Center, qualified international interns and staff work side-by-side with local staff, volunteers, and community members to implement programs, matching international best practices with on-the-ground realities and needs. This direct cooperation between the international community and the most at-risk communities in the Middle East is integral to the success of TYO programs and promotes invaluable cultural understanding: an important catalyst of social change. These activities also serve the international community by providing interaction with a culture they likely know only through sensationalized reports of extremism and violence.

Sustainable Impact: TYO programs prioritize the acquisition of sustainable skills, such as creativity, peaceful communication, identity building, and problem solving that will serve the participants throughout their lives. Activities often use recycled or found materials so as to be easily replicated at home or elsewhere in the community. To best support children, their support networks must also be empowered. TYO’s programs train current and future parents in economic, personal, and parenting skills and target multiple generations within the community, multiplying the impact and sustainability of TYO’s efforts.

Through our multigenerational programs, we seek to break the pernicious cycle of trauma, poverty, and isolation by making a sustainable and concrete difference in the lives of the youth, parents and leaders of tomorrow during their most sensitive phases of growth. Since 2008, TYO has indirectly served more than 15,000 community members.

TYO believes firmly in the power of collaboration. We are committed to working with like-minded organizations and individuals to best serve our target community and fulfill our mission. We are proud to cooperate with the illustrious organizations and are eager to build additional relationships as we expand.

The first TYO Center is located in the Zafer Masri Foundation Building in Nablus. The space includes 30 classrooms, offices, a conference room, dormitory accommodation for up to 20, and generous indoor and outdoor open spaces. The Center is located in the Khallet al Amood neighborhood of Nablus, which is not served by any other such organization. Residents have shown great hospitality and enthusiasm to collaborate with their new neighbors: TYO and its local and international staff.

One of the oldest cities in the world, Nablus is beautiful and of great historic importance. TYO, one of the few international organizations with a significant presence on the ground, is committed to bringing Nablus residents high quality programs and services that would not otherwise reach them. We welcome all community members and visitors to Nablus to come and tour the TYO Center.

The Nablus center serves as a hub for TYO satellite programs in the Northern West Bank, where the need is great and quality programs and investment are lacking. TYO works with the municipalities of nearby cities and villages including Salfit, Jenin, Sebastya, Deir al-Hatab, and more, to provide extracurricular classes, programming and projects local children and community members. Frequently, staff, interns, and volunteers travel to all the refugee camps of Nablus (as well as the Old City), taking fun and educational activities on the road and out into the neighborhoods of the people served at the TYO Center who might not be fortunate enough to attend TYO from week to week.

In 2015, TYO completed the first non-formal education curriculum designed specifically for children in Palestine (ages 4-5, 6-8 and 9-15). In striving to create world-class development programs, we also finalized the TYO Youth Service Learning (YSL) training guide.

In the future, TYO would like to expand its programming by establishing additional TYO centers throughout the Middle East.

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Tomorrows Youth Organization

Board of directors
as of 08/27/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hani Masri

Capital Corporation

Term: 2007 -

Marsha Ellis

Capital Corporation

Kenneth Freeling

Dewey & LeBoeuf

Patrick Theros

US-Qatar Business Council

Hani Masri

Capital Corporation