Kids4Kids Conducts New Look Powered by Service training in Hong Kong

On Friday, September 19th Kids4Kids, our partner organization in Hong Kong, conducted their 5th annual Powered by Youth Forum, a one-day event that incorporates New Look’s Powered by Service training curriculum. The event brought together like-minded teens from a diverse group of schools together for the common good.

Youth ages 12 to 17 years old attended the training and had the opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers and engage in brainstorming group activities with facilitators to learn how to use their passions, talents and skills to give back to their community. During the session, students participated in New Look’s Leadership 101 training and then did New Look activities including exploding the issue, where students brainstormed creative solutions to key problems they identified in their communities.

Key Note Speakers & Facilitators Included

1. Alyssa Berggren

Alyssa Berggren received her BA & MA in Psychology in United States. She overcame few life & death struggles at a younger age, which motivate her to commit to unleashing the untapped potential of young children around the world, to improve the living quality in every aspect of their life. After graduation, Alyssa relocated to Malawi in East-west Africa for a 2-year volunteer position as an Acting Principal of an orphanage with 300 children. With her experiences in NGOs, Alyssa joined a Hong Kong investment startup in 2013 to build the Social Impact Investment branch and is the CEO of the ChickenSoup Program (aka ChickenSoup Foundation). The foundation’s goal is to help the local underprivileged children & families by rallying the power of every person in the community. Launched in September 2013 serving 60 families, the foundation now serves 500 families around Hong Kong. Through the progress of managing the charities, Alyssa has seen the power that individuals, as well as large foundations and corporations, can have in advancing a stronger and more prosperous global society by supporting the future generation. By sharing her life experiences & passion in charitable works, Alyssa wish to bring passionate individuals together to make a change in the world.

2. Andrew Work 

Andrew Work is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Harbour Times, the flagship of New Work Media. New Work Media is a trade media firm serving industries including Hong Kong government and politics, diplomacy and the self-storage association. The firm also works with major corporations on in-house publications. He is also a Co-Founder Founder of The Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong’s first economic think tank. He was the Executive Director of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, instrumental in growing membership and advancing business policy objectives. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1996. He is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Victoria (MBA).

Andrew Work is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Harbour Times, the flagship of New Work Media. New Work Media is a trade media firm serving industries including Hong Kong government and politics, diplomacy and the self-storage association. The firm also works with major corporations on in-house publications. He is also a Co-Founder Founder of The Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong’s first economic think tank. He was the Executive Director of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, instrumental in growing membership and advancing business policy objectives. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1996. He is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Victoria (MBA).

Andrew Work is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Harbour Times, the flagship of New Work Media. New Work Media is a trade media firm serving industries including Hong Kong government and politics, diplomacy and the self-storage association. The firm also works with major corporations on in-house publications. He is also a Co-Founder Founder of The Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong’s first economic think tank. He was the Executive Director of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, instrumental in growing membership and advancing business policy objectives. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1996. He is a graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Victoria (MBA).

3. Cambodian Children’s Fund

Founded in 2004, Cambodian Children’s Fund provides life-changing education, nourishment and healing to vulnerable children from some of Cambodia’s most destitute communities. In the beginning, our world revolved around the health and well-being of 87 youngsters. Today they care for more than 2,000 students and 10,000 people annually after extending our services to provide to entire families and communities in crisis.

4. Danielle Stutterd

Danielle Stutterd has been living and working in Hong Kong for 14 years.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Social Science and a passion for making a difference.  In 2006, Danielle joined Christian Action, first as a volunteer then as a case manager to work with refugee families and unaccompanied minors. Not long after, Danielle expanded her role to assistant center manger of the Chunking Mansion Service Centre providing support in areas of food, shelter, psychosocial and mental health, education and training.  Due to the growing need in support for the refugee community in Hong Kong, in 2009 Danielle co-founded and managed a humanitarian organization, Vision First. Vision First provides services, advice and information to refugees seeking protection, campaigning for the rights of refugees, advocating for their fair treatment and raising awareness of refugee issues.  Now that her aspirations of managing an NGO have been fulfilled, Danielle has recently started a business Community&, which helps to build partnerships and shared values among companies and nonprofit organizations in order to build sustainable community investment.  Danielle enjoys collaborating with people to make Hong Kong a better place for all.

5. Derek Kwik 

Derek Kwik is an investment professional by day and an extreme runner, motivational speaker, charity fundraiser and aspiring chef in his free time.  Derek has run across 8 desserts, 3 jungles and 2 mountains. With the benefit of over 8,000 kilometers in training miles, Derek became the first Chinese person in the world to run across the world’s four most grueling deserts representing the highest altitude, driest, hottest and coldest deserts. On each occasion, Derek has had to invent new motivation techniques and rise beyond a natural human urge to give up.  These inspirational methods have carried him through his physical challenges and transformed his professional and personal life. “Pain is temporary but quitting last forever.”  Currently, Derek attempted his 14th ultra-marathon, this time across the world’s fourth-largest island – Madagascar, off the coast of Southeast Africa.

6. Jennifer Meedhan

7. Paul Whitehead

Paul is a diving instructor and marine conservationist.   The ocean is Paul’s office. Working as a diving instructor for over 10 years in the UK, Egypt, Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Bali and Hong Kong, Paul witnessed the increasing degradation of the marine environment and decided to take action and give back to the ocean by spreading the conservation message.  Paul is the founder of Eco Marine, a Hong Kong non-governmental organization, whose mission is to promote local awareness of the marine environment and the challenges it faces.

8. Pedro Pimentel

Pedro is a full-stack software & social engineer. He’s able to move seamlessly between talking code and talking with humans thanks to his vast experience in product development and in consulting at companies such as Thoughtworks and ThoughtSauce. Originally from Brazil, he decided to come to Asia to pursue his endeavours of changing the world and moreover, change himself. 

9. Renee Boey

Renée believes that as Thoreau wrote, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”  She also believes that quoting others is not as fun as writing yourself, which is why one of her great joys is to teach and empower young people to think and speak for themselves.  She has taught deaf children to write and perform poetry, underprivileged students to write college personal statements and immigrants to prepare for their citizenship exams. They’ve taught her how to tell great stories and how to listen.  She is the founder of Baker & Bloom, an education center that promotes innovation, service, and leadership among youth in Hong Kong. Renée hopes to continue to cultivate and channel the idealism, imagination and compassion of the young people she works with toward meaningful causes.