4 of EMpower’s Underwriters in Hong Kong and 8 EMpower supporters were thrilled to be joined by Hong Kong Grantee Partner Teach Unlimited Foundation (TUF) for an informative breakfast on June 29th.
TUF is a Hong Kong based organisation established to support young people to realize their dreams by supporting the education and personal development of socially disadvantaged students, training high caliber and socially conscious university graduates as role models, and model an effective approach to mentorship and promote its integration into youth education in Hong Kong.
The organisations Executive Director, Alice Chow, gave a detailed introduction into the training of Program Mentors, the metrics used to track students’ progress and behavioral changes, the toolkit used to identify at-risk students for individual mentoring, as well as how they prepare students and mentors for their departure at the end of their 2-year term. This breakfast was a fantastic opportunity for EMpower supporters to hear directly from those involved in the organisation’s program. The meeting also enabled new supporters to ask questions and find out more about their fantastic work with youth.
During the breakfast, 11 TUF Program Mentors (aged 21-24) presented on the respective schools that they are volunteering at, and the various activities and courses that they lead, in addition to the challenges they have faced and learnings they have made along the way. Program Mentors are trained university graduates stationed in TUF partner schools on a full-time basis for 2 years to deliver TUF programs that complement each school’s existing curriculum. The Program Mentors serve as role models for students and engage in individual and structured one-to-one mentoring, organize small group activities during and after class, as well as special school-wide projects such as the Dream Pursuing Day funded by EMpower. The visiting mentors shared how they used innovative approaches such as music and art, to identify and reach out to the most at-risk students. When asked to summarize their 2-year experience working with young people, their responses included; “Focus on progress!” and “Teenagers can be complicated!”
We are most grateful to Teach Unlimited Foundation for taking the time to join us for this fantastic occasion and to all the Program Mentors for sharing their personal experiences.
Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.