ˇ§Fantastic programme! More great opportunity for
This is just the tip of the iceberg.ˇ¨
ˇV Mentee Participant, ENGAGE programme 2010. Hong Kong
The mentee, a resident of Tin Shui Wai, a city that in the past
has been referred to as Hong Kongˇ¦s City of Sadness, expressed a
hope for the future after participating in last yearˇ¦s ENGAGE
programme. The mentee, however, was not alone, 59
other young mentees discovered the same confidence and
excitement in their engagement with corporate mentors.
For the past three years, Community Business has organised a
mentoring programme in collaboration with its Participating
Companies. Last year, 60 corporate volunteers (the mentors) from
18 companies mentored 60 youth (the mentees) from Tin Shui Wai.
2010ˇ¦s programme included a number of components that have
persisted from previous years. This included such components as
the Journey of Opportunity Action Day, where mentors and mentees
visited university campuses, corporate offices and began to
build a trusting and exalting relationship, as well as a ˇ§Disney
Dayˇ¨ where mentors and mentees joined each other for a day of
fun at the ˇ§happiest place on earthˇ¨, Hong Kong Disneyland.
Yet 2010 included a number of new and exciting components.
Mentees benefited from online mentoring sessions that allowed
mentors to continue to provide their mentee with valuable
insights and examples about the world of higher education and
work even though they were unable to meet face-to-face.
Community Business also added the Community Action Day which saw
mentees and mentors volunteer their time at Crossroads, an
international NGO that sends needed resources to disadvantaged
people around the world. Mentees learned that they, too, could
give back to their communities.
Indeed, the ENGAGE 2010 programme was filled with a large number
of components providing a great impact on the Tin Shui Wai youth
and corporate volunteers that mentored them. Still, Community
Business and our Participating Companies are determined to
improve the programme and provide 2011ˇ¦s youth with even more to
look forward to.
So in addition to carrying over all of the components found in
the 2010 programme, Community Business will be adding some
additional, exciting activities. To start with, the programme
will be expanding from 3-months to 8-months ˇV giving mentors and
mentees a much longer opportunity to bond and share experiences.
Career Workshops have also been added to help youth develop
their interviewing and resume drafting skills.
Furthermore, Community Business and our Participating Companies
have decided to open the programme to youth from Sham Shui Po,
in addition to Tin Shui Wai. Indeed, the youth of Sham Shui Po
are in some need of support and encouragement. Sham Shui Po
residents have the lowest median earning income of all the
districts in Hong Kong. There is enormous scope for the
corporate sector to drive positive change in this area and it is
hoped that the ENGAGE Mentoring Programme and our Participating
Companies will go some way in driving this change.
Like previous years, Community Business and our Participating
Companies are committed to empowering youth with skill-sets that
will help them progress in their education and careers. We hope
that increased interaction with corporate mentors, who have been
challenged in various aspects of their lives and who have been
inspired by previous generations of mentors, will encourage our
mentees to dare to dream, to dare to be different and to dare to
believe in themselves.
you are interested in becoming a Participating Company or simply
want to learn more about the programme, please contact Sandy
Chan, ENGAGE Journey of Opportunity Programme Project Manager by email
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (852) 2152 1889.