• About the Programme
  • Partners
  • Steering Committee


    T.E.E.N. Programme

    The Women's Foundation's T.E.E.N. (Talent Empowerment, Equality and Networking) programme was launched in April 2010. The goal of T.E.E.N. is to provide leadership and diversity training to underprivileged youth who would not otherwise have the same educational, vocational and inspirational experience, opportunities and exposure. 
    The 12-month programme is designed for high need, high potential boys and girls aged 13 to 15 from challenged backgrounds. Recruitment of the T.E.E.N. participants involves a thorough selection process which required a written application, nomination by a school teacher and a panel interview. We decided to target the early teens age bracket because of research showing the kids are at a critical stage in terms of the moulding of personality traits, developing self-esteem and starting to take independent and brave choices about their future.

    The programme is youth-led and has a strong gender focus, both of which features are unique to existing leadership youth programmes available in Hong Kong.

    Our research prior to launching the programme revealed that the most effective youth empowerment programmes typically incorporate an in between layer of older teen counselors who are able to communicate more effectively with kids in their early teens. As a result, we recruited 12 undergraduates from local Hong Kong universities to be big brother and sister mentors to the programme participants over the course of the year. The mentors have received extensive training in diversity, running team activities and workshops, communicating with youth and mentoring youth techniques.

    Our research also revealed that the majority of youth programmes in Hong Kong ignore gender issues despite the fact that studies show that gender stereotyping has implications for many problems affecting youth today including anorexia, other body image issues and juvenile drug abuse, let alone choices about studies and careers. The T.E.E.N. programme incorporates modules and workshops to break gender biases through raising the T.E.E.N.’s awareness of stereotyping within their own households, in the education system and in the media; encouraging discussion about explicit and implicit forms of discrimination; and teaching the value of diversity and inclusiveness. Our hope is that the participants will become diversity champions within their peer groups and the community so the programme is equipping them with the skills and training to be effective and motivating public speakers capable of addressing adult, youth or mixed audiences on topics related to gender-stereotyping and gender equality.  (to check out their activities)

    Through the Programme, the T.E.E.N.s start to open up, engage and participate. The improvement in their communication skills, team work and self-confidence is very noticeable. Our past cohorts have been enthusiastic about learning new skills and embracing the prospect of a braver and better future for themselves. Everyone seems to have enjoyed the programme enormously: many of the T.E.E.N.s have described it as a transformative experience; most of the mentors have commended it as a tremendous learning opportunity, while the CLSA staff clearly relished the opportunity to give something back to the broader community (to check out their testimonials and video).

    The T.E.E.N. Alumni Programme

    To ensure the long term impact of the programme and as a continuation of the T.E.E.N. Programme, TWF is committed to providing the ‘graduates’ from the programme with training and activities throughout their secondary school years.   The T.E.E.N. Alumni Programme will provide additional leadership and gender awareness training to our graduating T.E.E.N.s, to continue to support and encourage them to become inspiring future leaders.   

  • Corporate Partner
    CLSA are supporting the Programme through the Chairman's Trust and we are very grateful to them for their support. In addition to financial assistance, a huge number of CLSA staff have been involved in the implementation of the programme and contribute significantly to overall strategic planning, design, partner selection and content, media engagement and PR.

    Government Support
    TWF received a matching grant from the "Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged" granted by the Hong Kong Government’s Social Welfare Department.

    Partner Schools
    Kwai Chung Methodist College
    Po Leung Kuk Lo Kit Sing (1983) College
    Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College
    St. Catharine's School For Girls

    2011-2012 Partner Schools
    CNEC Christian College
    Kwai Chung Methodist College
    Our Lady of the Rosary College
    Po Leung Kuk Lo Kit Sing (1983) College
    Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College
    Pope Paul VI College

    2012-2013 Partner Schools
    Caritas St. Joseph Secondary School
    Kwai Chung Methodist College 
    Lai King Catholic Secondary School
    Lions College
    Po Leung Kuk Lo Kit Sing (1983) College
    Pope Paul VI College
    TWGHs Chen Zao Men College

    2013-2014 Partner Schools
    Buddhist Tai Hung College
    China Holiness College
    Kwai Chung Methodist College
    Our Lady Of The Rosary College
    Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College
    Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School
    United Christian College
    Wai Kiu College

    Supporting Partners

    The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is one of our key supporting organisations - they provide site visits and workshops for the programme participants. 

    NGOs including Anti-480, Christian Service, Family Planning Association, HeArt Touch Foundation, Hong Kong Eating Disorders Association, and Teen's Key, are our partners for the outreach community projects and workshops which form part of the programme. Some of them also help with recruitment of programme participants. 

    Training Partners
    Our educational partner for the first two years of the programme was Po Leung Kuk, one of HK's most established institutions providing social welfare and educational services to children. For the third year of the programme, we worked with Anchor House, who has extensive experience in organising team building and leadership development initiatives for youth and adults.  

    This year, we are working with Nature’s Embrace, a group of professional social workers and green educators, who provide nature  and holistic education services such as eco-tours, talks and eco-tour guide training, leadership training and life education for youth and schools.

  • We are very grateful to have a terrific Steering Committee for guiding the development and implementation of the programme, including: 

    Dr Anisha Abraham
    Consultant/ Honorary Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Dr Anisha Abraham is a pediatrician specializing in the care of teenagers. She is a consultant in the School of Public Health and Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr Abraham was previously Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr Abraham has treated and counseled teens with STD’s/HIV, pregnancy, drug use, eating disorders, sports injuries and depression. Her research interests include teen health risk screening and obesity prevention. As an adolescent health expert, she regularly writes on teen issues for the South China Morning Post. Dr Abraham has also been interviewed on CNN, National Public Radio, RTHK3 and the Washington Post and has published her research in journals including Pediatrics and Journal of Adolescent Health. She completed her undergraduate and medical school at a 6-yr accelerated program at Boston University, a residency in pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Hospital, a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center and a Masters in Public Health from George Washington School of Public Health in DC. She served as a Lt Col in the US Army and was stationed at Ft Bragg and Walter Reed Army Hospital. Dr Abraham is actively involved in teaching and mentoring residents, fellows and students and has been the recipient of several Faculty Teaching Awards. Dr Abraham is an accomplished classical Indian dancer and enjoys running marathons and doing yoga. She is married and has two very active boys.

    Rachel Cartland
    Director, Cartland Consulting
    Former Assistant Director of Social Welfare, Hong Kong Government
    Upon graduating from the University of Oxford in 1972, Rachel joined the Hong Kong Government and subsequently served in a variety of senior posts given wide exposure to policy formulation processes, management and the Hong Kong political scene. She possesses extensive experience in the Government Secretariat in specialty areas including broadcasting, arts and culture policy. In 1995, Rachel was appointed Assistant Director of Social Welfare (Social Security) managing 2000 staff and an annual budget of HK$25 billion; there she delivered a socially critical service of high political sensitivity, impacting all sectors of grassroots Hong Kong. Programmes included CSSA, 'Support for Self-Reliance', Computerised Social Security System, the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Scheme and the Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Scheme. Rachel worked at the Education and Manpower Bureau in 2001-2 and left the Hong Kong Government in 2006 to set up Cartland Consulting, which specialises in public sector consulting.

    Dr. Staci Ford
    Honorary Associate Professor, Department of History and in the American Studies, University of Hong Kong  
    Staci is a Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of History and in the American Studies Program at the University of Hong Kong where she 
    has taught since 1993. Her academic expertise is in women's history, US History, and cross-cultural gender studies/history. She is a founding member and co-convenor of the Women's Studies Research Centre at HKU and of The Women's Foundation. She has published a variety of articles and essays in women's studies/gender studies and cultural history/studies. Her most recent book, TROUBLING AMERICAN WOMEN: NARRATIVES OF GENDER AND NATION IN HONG KONG focuses on women's narratives of cultural encounter in transpacific context. 

    Zoe Henham
    Head of Human Resources, CLSA Ltd  
    As Head of Human Resources, Zoe is responsible for key human capital initiatives spanning recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits, and employee relations across the 15 global markets in which CLSA operates. Prior to moving to Hong Kong and joining CLSA's global headquarters in 2004, Zoe worked in London with Schroders and Lazard and was responsible for pan-European talent recruitment, selection and development programmes. During this time, Zoe studied for and was awarded her second chartered qualification with the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development.  Zoe began her career with Arthur Andersen in Melbourne where she qualified as a chartered accountant. Having worked in the UK with Arthur Andersen, she permanently relocated to London in 1998 and changed her career focus to Human Resources. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Zoe holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.  Zoe is married with two small children and is committed to giving something back to the Hong Kong community in which she lives and works.

    Bowie Leung 
    Vice-President, Leo Club of Metropolitan Hong Kong
    Bowie is a recent graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a 1st class Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, majoring in Sociology. As an undergraduate, Bowie participated in and led a number of committees for the Leo Club of Metropolitan Hong Kong and as an intern with the SCO Family of Services – Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, where she assisted with the implementation of events and casework for the Center. This summer, she joined Pencake Limited, where she manages the marketing of customised applications for Facebook Pages and movies in Hong Kong.

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