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Angela: I initially joined the TEEN Programme purely to help enrich my other learning experiences. Later, at the four-day camp, I got to know the Big Brothers and Sisters as well as the other secondary students, and those couple of days were very fun and exciting. We began not knowing one another and now care for each other even in the midst of busy schedules, so these friendships are definitely the biggest reward. This year I also tried many different things. For example, I visited an executive searchfirm and listened to a lecture at the Hong Kong Eating Disorders Association. This has been a priceless experience for me, and whenever I later think about giving up, I will bear in mind my experience with the TEEN Programme and my commitment and expectations for myself.
Helen: In this programme I learned many things that I could not learn in school. For example, the skills of some rural painters, English language, video and drama. I know that in today’s society, we cannot just have good grades, we also have to have skills in different areas and improve our individual competitiveness. For me, the major breakthrough was in character. I am not passive, but often I get upset over small things, so my teachers tell me I often seem unhappy. After participating in this programme and having more experiences with the world, I have become more lighthearted, so privately some teachers have told me I grown more carefree.
Michelle: I feel very blessed to have joined the T.E.E.N Programme last year. Before joining the programme, I had little self-confidence, few personal goals and often felt unfulfilled. Through the programme activities such as the summer camp, the community project, the work shadowing opportunities and the variety of skills workshops, my life has been enriched and transformed. I was also given the chance to be one of the MCs in the closing ceremony for the year of our Programme and many other school events since then. My confidence has grown a lot and I am more willing to embrace new challenges. I was recently elected to the TEEN alumni committee and will be helping to organise activities for the alumni. I also have a clearer direction about my future now - I'm hoping to be an Accountant when I grow up. Thank you very much to The Women's Foundation and everyone who is supporting the T.E.E.N. Programme especially CLSA.
Chung Yin: Before joining the programme, I was afraid of talking to strangers and did not have many friends. Now, my communication skills have improved and I have made many more new friends through the programme.
Cow : I found so much confidence and support from the TEEN family. It has opened our eyes to new horizons and developed ourselves beyond our limits. We were told that we have to be brave, that we should never give up and we should always put our thinking into action. If it doesn’t work out, don’t be afraid of trying again, don’t be shy to speak out our ideas and never miss the opportunity to achieve our dreams.
Gigi: I am so thankful to have the chance to join the programme. I particularly like the English and photography workshops. I found interest in photography and my English greatly improved after these workshops! I always recommend the programme to my friends.
Jasmine: Joining the programme in last year’s summer was a turning point in my life. The learning opportunities at the T.E.E.N. Programme are different from those I was given at school. I especially treasure the work experience at CLSA. The key learnings from the programme to me are that I need to be a responsible person and take charge of making my own opportunities.
Jimmy: I think the T.E.E.N. Programme is the best. I have enjoyed and learned a lot from the programme. We faced lots of challenges and worked hard to overcome them together. I was taught to respect everyone and be a committed person. We have grown up a lot this year.
Tempo: I think the T.E.E.N. Programme is educational. I have learnt from the big brothers and sisters how to respect others. We work hard and play hard together. I was afraid to talk to others before, but now I can speak with more confidence.
Ka Po: I have made progress after the T.E.E.N. Programme. I am more confident now and the Programme has helped to change my attitude. If I did not join the T.E.E.N. Programme, I wouldn’t be who I am now.
Kat: The programme is interesting and challenging to me. I have learned to take bold decisions, to better express myself and to know more about gender equality. I also have met different kinds of people who have had positive impact on my study.
Winnie: I have made lot breakthroughs in the programme. I am no longer a princess nor afraid of insects anymore. I have developed strong friendships with people from other schools and Universities. After joining the programme, I always wear a smile on my face.
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Alice Lau, English teacher at Kwai Chung Methodist College: 'It's a great chance for we teachers to see the potential of the kids beyond the school context. We were particularly amazed at the quality of the videos they produced. They grasped and presented the gender stereotype concept clearly; the scripts and the stories were well-designed; the message conveyed was clear; the acting was cool; the technical stuff was well-managed. Their attainment is really beyond what is expected for students of similar background. TEEN Programme has been giving a lot of valuable activities to open up the student’s world. Those exposure activities and experience they got during the whole process really made a difference to them. I feel that they understood more about themselves.'
Leung Woo, Personal Branding Workshop volunteer instructor: 'Getting close to teenagers these days is hard and it's even harder to know them. I am truly amazed how the team especially Rita is able to do that. I just wish to see in 5 or 10 years' time the seeds that are planted in these teens grow.'
Terry Ku, PR and Corporate Communications, at the HeArt Touch Foundation: 'This is a very meaningful Programme. It provides a platform for teenagers to open up to different experiences, to learn more about themselves and to improve their awareness of gender differences and what gender equality really means.'
Michael Winch, English Workshop volunteer teacher: 'Fellowship with others as equally passionate as The Women's Foundation has filled the void of 'Unrequited Love' that would normally hold me back from actively volunteering with other like-minded and like-hearted people - like being a part of a Choir singing the same song, to be bigger than oneself. Similarly I've been able to clearly see the wonder and wealth of the Students' abilities sparkling against the backdrop of the TEEN Programme transformation of the Equality barriers of the 'If's', 'But's' and 'Cannot's' of the English Workshop Vocabulary into the 'When's' and 'Can's' as just a matter of time when their Hopes and Aspirations can and will be realized.'
Winnie So, the researcher of the case study 0f the T.E.E.N. Programme: 'What makes me most happy is seeing everyone’s commitment to the program. Behind all that hard work and commitment is a lot of passion. It’s not the kind of passion that’s involved in winning a championship game. It’s a passion for people. I asked the students what they enjoy most about the program and they talk about the people who run the program. I asked the people involved in the program what motivates them to work so hard, and they talk about the enthusiasm of the students and seeing them grow. In Hong Kong, it’s easy to be pessimistic about people and our capacity for change. But the T.E.E.N. program is a beacon of optimism.'