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My Story Creation Competition 2017

8 Aug


Kids4Kids encourages students to develop their creative story writing and illustration skills through the My Story Creation platform designed to spark imagination and creativity.

My Story Creation’, previously known as ‘Writing for a Cause’, is a bilingual creative writing competition open to all primary school students in Hong Kong. The competition encourages children to express their imagination and present their original ideas to the world.

My Story Creation aims to:
* Develop literacy in primary aged school children
* Inspire kids to write creative stories
* Contribute age appropriate picture storybooks to share with other kids in the community
* Involve participants from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds

Competition Details for Individuals (Open Category)
As a not-for-profit organization, Kids4Kids relies on the support of the community to run youth empowerment and literacy development programs and donations are gratefully accepted. Individuals who donate HK$300 or more will receive a copy of the Kids4Kids Treasury, a collection of the top stories from ‘My Story Creation’ 2016.

Eligibility
The competition is open to all Hong Kong primary school students (P.1-6).

Registration
1. There is a registration fee of HK$200, which can be paid by Paypal, cheque or bank transfer.
2. Register on OpenClass (with proof of payment if by bank transfer).
3. You will be sent a ‘submission code’ by email that you use to submit your story online in September 2017.
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Deadline for registration: 31 August 2017

Online story submission: 1-30 September 2017

Results announced via Kids4Kids website: February 2018
For more information regarding the competition and to download application form please visit their website.

kids4kidskids4kids3Their Mission: To empower children to take responsibility with opportunities to learn about giving back — from the products created to activities organized by kids of all ages to reach out and help, in our local community, for a better Hong Kong.

Powered By Youth Forum 2017

19 Jul

Powered by Youth (PBY) focuses on developing well-rounded, forward-thinking leaders who excel in being change-makers, taking action, and supporting the community.

In the annual 2-day forum, students aged 12-17 take part in ‘Power Groups‘ focusing on personal strengths, and ‘Passion Groups‘ targeting social issues. Groups then create Community Act!on Projects, go through ‘Step Up‘ workshops on pitching, writing advocacy, articulating personal values, and creative messaging. Finally, they pitch to a judging panel for a chance to bring their ideas to life. Successful projects join Act!on for a Cause and are allocated seed funding and a Kids4Kids mentor to help deliver the project and measure its impact.

This year, PBY is coming back more global, hands on, and ambitious than before! Be the SPARK and make a CHANGE. Stay tuned on our website for the full program rundown.

Date: 23 & 30 September 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

Place: 7/F Training & Development, MTR Headquarters Building, Telford Plaza, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay

Price: $320
To order early bird tickets, please follow this link to Eventbrite
Ticket sales end on 28 July

About Act!on for a Cause: Act!on for a Cause aims at mobilizing youth from diverse backgrounds to take action on real life social issues.
They aim to:
* Promote creative problem solving of real life issues
* Mobilize youth from all backgrounds to take positive action
* Build leadership skills and social awareness
* If you are between the age of 12 to 17 years living in Hong Kong, you can choose to participate as an individual, or groups of up to 4 participants

kids4kidskids4kids3Their Mission: To empower children to take responsibility with opportunities to learn about giving back — from the products created to activities organized by kids of all ages to reach out and help, in our local community, for a better Hong Kong.

Volunteer for Clean the World

8 Jul


* Pneumonia and diarrheal diseases are two of the leading causes of death among children under 5 years old.
* According to the World Health Organization, millions of young lives could be saved with access to bar soap and hygiene education.
* More than 2 million bars of partially used hotel soap are thrown away every day in the United States.
* By recycling soap and other discarded hygiene products, Clean the World saves lives with items that traditionally end up in landfills.

Clean the World: Clean the World was founded in 2009 by Shawn Seipler. As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for an e-commerce technology company, Shawn traveled several days a week. The idea for soap recycling came about after Shawn learned the barely used bars of hotel soap he left behind each morning ended up in a landfill. That led to Clean the World, a Florida not-for-profit corporation under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Mission:
* Collect and recycle soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that generate environmental waste.
* Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year, reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses, and encourage vigorous childhood development.

They do this by…:
* Collecting, sorting and processing discarded soap, shampoo conditioner and lotion product donations from participating hospitality partners.
* Collection of donated hygiene products from manufacturers.
* Recycling these product donations at facilities in Orlando, Fla., Las Vegas, and Hong Kong.
* Delivering these recycled product donations to domestic homeless shelters and developing countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease.

What you can do to help: When volunteering, you serve an essential role in Clean the World’s mission by pre-sorting hygiene products for recycling or packing them for distribution. Individuals, corporate groups, and schools serve in dynamic teams at social responsibility events to address urgent hygiene needs.

Clean the World welcomes individual volunteers, corporate groups, churches, families, and clubs. Volunteering at Clean the World is appropriate for kids as well as adults. Volunteers must beat least 8 years old. Children ages 8 through 15 require supervision by a parent or guardian.

Volunteering is by appointment only. To volunteer, please complete the volunteer form by following this link.

Intern – The Sovereign Art Foundation

2 Jul

The Sovereign Art Foundation or SAF is a charity that was founded in 2003 in Hong Kong (SAF is now also registered in the UK, Singapore, Guernsey and South Africa). SAF runs the annual Sovereign Asian Art Prize with the purpose of raising money to help disadvantaged children. Since its inception, SAF has raised over US$6 million for charities and artists worldwide, funding projects using art as education, rehabilitation and therapy. The Sovereign Asian Art Prize is now recognised as the most prestigious prize in its field and region. In 2016, SAF launched the inaugural MENA Art Prize, for the Middle East & North Africa region. In addition, SAF has launched a number of student art prizes worldwide.

SAF also runs the ‘Make It Better Project’ (MIB), an initiative that offers empowering learning activities reinforced by visual and expressive arts to children living in some of Hong Kong’s most neglected areas.

This is an opportunity to be involved with the day-to-day workings of The Sovereign Art Foundation; to gain valuable applied experience and develop your skills within a professional setting.

Responsibilities:
Please note that tasks vary depending on the SAF calendar. You may be asked to help fulfil a need on a specific project, or help with day-to-day tasks. Responsibilities may include:
– Assist the SAF team in administration of the various SAF Prizes, including research, follow up and correspondence relating to nomination, entry and judging and Prize-giving processes.
– Assist the SAF team in planning and carrying out various events including public art exhibitions, fundraising and publicity events, patron’s events, charity workshops and presence at art fairs.
– Provide support to social media and marketing efforts, including strategic planning, researching and generating relevant and engaging content; and to monitor and regularly post across multiple social media platforms. To respond to online comments and messages in a timely and appropriate fashion.
– Assist in copywriting, editing and proof-reading content for online and print materials (English and Chinese if applicable).
– Assist in PR activities and liaise with media contacts.
– Practise proper email and telephone etiquette and liaise with various parties and professionals on behalf of SAF, including but not limited to; artists, curators and other arts professionals, professionals working in institutions, education and academia, local and international schools, arts students, charity volunteers, charity patrons, partners and sponsors.
– Complete any other research, administrative and marketing or Prize-related tasks and errands as assigned.

Requirements:
– Ideally an undergraduate or recent graduate
– Must hold HKID or appropriate visa (Working Holiday Visa accepted)
– Personable and a good team player
– Web and social-media savvy
– A creative and resourceful thinker with the ability to take initiative
– A keen interest in any of the following: contemporary art, charity and fundraising, expressive arts therapy, social media.
– A good level of written and spoken English (Cantonese is a bonus); ability to thoroughly fact-check, use good grammar and spelling.

Opportunities and skills that may be developed:
– Planning and logistics relating to art exhibitions and events
– Opportunity to learn about the general artistic practices trending in Hong Kong, Asia and beyond; to interact with a variety of arts professionals
– Networking and interpersonal skills
– Written and verbal communication skills
– Copywriting and editing
– Media relations
-Social media management and planning
– Organisation and working to deadlines

Duration: 3 months

Hours: 9pm-6pm, Monday – Friday (may involve some evenings or weekends)

Based at : Suites 1601-1603, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central

Remuneration : to be discussed

To apply: Please email art@sovereignartfoundation.com

About The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) : The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) was established in 2003 with a well-defined twin focus: to recognise the growing wealth of contemporary art talent in Asia, and bring the proven benefits of art therapy to underprivileged children. The beauty of the SAF model is that they are able to achieve both goals in an eminently sustainable way. The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, now recognised as the most prestigious prize in its field and region, raises funds by auctioning those artworks that reach the final stage of the competition. The proceeds are then shared equally between the artists and the Foundation, to be used for SAF charitable projects across Asia.

In this way, over the past 12 years, SAF has raised and distributed more than US$5 million to support a variety of art-based programmes for children throughout Asia.

To find out more about their charity programmes see their ‘Who We Help’ section of the website.

How do we embrace a girl in crisis?

17 Jun

When a girl in crisis reaches out to Mother’s Choice for help, they welcome her into a safe place, and equip and empower her for a hopeful future. This looks different for each of the 242 girls who they walked with this year, because Mother’s Choice adapts their approach to the needs of each girl. BoBo’s story reminds us that we all need support from our friends and family when raising our children.

BoBo, a teen client of Mother’s Choice Pregnant Girls Services
“When I was pregnant, I truly didn’t know if I had the support around me to care for a baby, so I thought adoption would be the best plan. But the moment she was born, I felt so much love, I didn’t think I could leave her. Mother’s Choice arranged for a volunteer Project Bridge* family to care of my baby while I made my decision. I was nervous, but as I watched the Bridge Mom gently pick up my daughter, I knew she would be safe. Even so, my heart ached when she was carried away from me.

With support from my family, I realized I have what it takes to be a mother. I am so thankful to be living with our daughter now and am learning to be the best mom I can be. Our home is filled with so much joy as we raise my daughter together.”

Renata, Project Bridge Mom*
“When we first met BoBo in the hospital, we could feel her pain. She desperately wanted to be a mom, but she didn’t have the support she needed. My husband and I committed to caring for her baby in our own home so that BoBo and her family would have some time to get back on their feet. During that time, BoBo came over regularly to learn how to take care of her baby, and I would always try to encourage her. One evening, after we put the baby to bed, she opened her arms, and we hugged and cried together for several minutes. We started as strangers who don’t speak the same language, but we will forever share a deep bond, because we love the same child.

This experience has made me so passionate about supporting young mothers – all we did was care for a baby for two months, but it gave this new family the time they needed to stay together. Saying goodbye to the baby was one of the hardest things we have ever done, but we will absolutely open our home again to do the same thing if it can help another child and their family.”

*Project Bridge connects children in need of a temporary home to loving, nurturing volunteer families who open their homes anywhere from a few days to several months. Mother’s Choice has a great need for more families!

If you want to know about Mother’s Choice’s fostering programme or would like to attend one of their Info Sessions, please visit their website.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides and promotes loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes.

Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.
The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

Despite their achievements, Hong Kong continues to desperately need their services. Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, conducted pro-bono research for Mother’s Choice on the state of crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong in 2010. Based on their research, they conservatively estimated that there are 6,880 crisis pregnancies each year in Hong Kong. Nearly 60% were unwed females, the majority of whom were under 25 years old – Mother’s Choice serviced nearly 25% of these young women.

The research also showed that Mother’s Choice is the leader in providing non-judgmental services to young single girls facing crisis pregnancy in Hong Kong, and the only organization that provides services from conception through labour and delivery and post-pregnancy care.

Unfortunately, the research also showed that there is still an unmet demand of young women facing crisis pregnancy [55%] that are not receiving the help or counseling that they need. It is critical that Mother’s Choice needs to expand their services and reach in the community.

For more information on Mother’s Choice and their work please visit their website.
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Beers For Books 4 Year Anniversary!

9 Jun

You’re invited to Room to Read’s Beers for Books 4-Year Anniversary on Wednesday, 14th of June from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. To get you in the summer and tropical mood, they have collaborated with Wahtiki Island Lounge who will generously donate HKD$10 per drink purchased and will be kindly matched by Hilton 1:1.

Each drink purchased would help to publish 2 local-language children’s books to children in need!

Exciting Raffle Prizes to be won thanks to sponsors: Linguini Fini, Ruinart, Americraft, Peroni, Tatcha, Watsons Wine etc…

Due to LIMITED capacity, please RSVP by emailing Room to Read at cherry.ng@roomtoread.org Please put RSVP14June in the subject line

Date: Wednesday, 14 of June

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Place: Wahtiki Island Lounge,3rd Floor, Seabird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

KFBG’s The Wild Encounter: 3-Day Summer Youth Camp

18 May

Looking for a special experience this summer? Come and join Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden‘s Youth Day Camp. You will have the opportunity to take part in conservation projects by working alongside KFBG‘s animal and forest conservation experts. Discover the wonders of nature by walking deep into the forest at night. You will feel and experience nature like never before. Participants will make new friends, bond with nature and gain an understanding of the interconnected relationships between humans, wild animals and the environment.

Programme Content:
* Discover animals and their habitats during day time and night time
* Experience animal encounter activities
* Meet and learn from our animal experts
* Participate in forest-restoration activities
* Express creativity freely through nature-art
* Connect with nature to foster respect and appreciation

Target group / No. of Participants:
Youths aged 12 – 14. 20 maximum per camp (at least 1 camp counselor per 5 participants)

Language: Cantonese

Date / Time:
Camp A: 17 – 19 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
Camp B: 7 – 9 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
0930 – 1600 (Day 1 and Day 2)
1430 – 2100 (Day 3)
(Non-residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Pick-ups and drop-offs at Kowloon Tong MTR station
(Option to dismiss at Tai Po Market MTR station on Day 3)

Price: HKD$2,500 for 3 days (vegetarian lunch/dinner included)

Application: Please submit your online application and payment to KFBG before 7 June, 2017. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.