Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

Care for Children Youth Ambassador

Posted by Peter MUIR

Did you know that there are currently 71 million orphans in Asia (12 million more than in Africa), with many millions living in institutions (orphanages). Institutions are “not only crippling children’s potential and limiting their future, they are also restricting national, economic, political and social growth.”

Care for Children believes that every child should be given the opportunity to grow up in a family.  Family placement transforms the lives of disadvantaged orphans. The loving support of a family can provide a child with security, food, water, sanitation, education, health, stimulation and nurture. Care for Children’s work gives the most disadvantaged children a chance to develop into independent adults who can make a positive contribution to society.

Care for Children works with governments in Asia to set up good family placement systems, which allows orphaned and abandoned children in orphanages move into local, loving families.  So far, the group has helped place over 250,000 orphans back into loving families, and has the goal of reaching a million!

Care for Children is looking for students to get involved by becoming a Care for Children Young Ambassador!

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What is a Care for Children Young Ambassador?

A Care for Children Young Ambassador is someone who believes in their vision and wants to help make it happen!  There are lots of organizations and people who support Care for Children and we want to see young people involved too!


What are the steps to becoming a Young Ambassador?

  1. Fill in their sign up sheet!
  2. Contact the YA coordinator to receive your pack, which is full of resources and ideas!
  3. Plan some events/dates for the year

Throughout the year, the organisation is happy to support and be in touch with you. They can also provide you with what you will need to promote and fundraise for them. But otherwise, it’s up to your enthusiasm and initiative to represent Care for Children as a Young Ambassador.


What can I do as a Young Ambassador?

There are two main ways that you can help the organistion reach their vision:

Raise Awareness: 

Assembly – You can introduce the group to your school in an assembly. They will provide you with a presentation template and all the information you need so that you can share their vision with enthusiasm!

Teach a class – there are lots of younger children who you could talk to about what is going on with children and young people who are less fortunate then ourselves.


There are lots of ways to fundraising and get your friends involved. Some ideas to get you started:

– Sponsored Run

– Fashion Show

– Charity sports tournaments

– Brand partnerships

– Art Gallery

– Cinema night

– T-shirt sales



Q: Do I have to raise a certain amount of money to be successful?

A: Not at all, you can raise $200 or $5000 – every penny counts!

Q: What do I do if people want to find out more?

A: You can send them to their website;  or put them in contact with us!

Q: Am I old enough to help?

A: Anyone can help in whatever way possible! There is no age that is right or wrong.

Behind the Storefront project recruitment

Posted by Peter MUIR

ECP logoAn exciting opportunity for budding journalists and those with an interest in Hong Kong culture!

Elephant Community Press, who offer project-based writing workshops that guide students through the entire process of writing and publication, are inviting DC students to get involved in their latest project – Behind the Storefront: Profiles of Hong Kong Small Business Owners.

This project aims to not only bridge communities of young learners, but also offer the opportunity to help share stories about the lives and businesses of 12 local Hong Kong small business owners.

ECP would like to recruit students ages 15-17 to participate in this project. A total of 12 students—ideally from both local and international schools—will partner to develop interviewing and photography skills over 9 weeks of classroom workshops interwoven with two on-site visits and two on-site interviews. Each pair will interview two different small business owners in Hong Kong. Preference is for students with bilingual English/Cantonese skills, but English-only students or students with skills in other languages will also be considered.  The transcripts and notes from these interviews will be written up in English to create profiles of 12 different local Hong Kong small business owners. The skill building workshops will be led by students in the Master’s of Journalism programme at Hong Kong Baptist University as an internship opportunity, supervised and supported by their professor, Robin Ewing. In April 2015, the Street Team project will culminate in a final exhibition of the profiles.

Project Objectives:

  • Encourage students to engage in the community in a variety of ways including partnered
    work across communities, both with each other and with interviewees
  • Demonstrate the power of learning experiences that reach beyond the classroom and
    out into the local community.
  • Provide guidelines and tools for journalistic interviewing and profile writing
  • Draw on a multimedia approach to literacy (Workshop will include photos and possibly
    other multimedia elements)
  • Exhibit work in a public space to share the stories collected with the greater community

Commitment and skills required by students:

  • Ages 15-17
  • Bilingual Cantonese / English skills preferred
  • Proficiency in writing Chinese is an asset
  • Available for all of 9 sessions Thursday after school (5:00-7:00pm) from 12th February to 23rd April, 2 on-site visits and 2 on-site interviews
  • Interested in writing, journalism, documenting community stories, collaborating with peers outside their school
  • Able to show initiative; must be collaborative and responsible
  • Willing to represent ECP in this community project
  • Other expectations: must cover own transportation costs

Important Dates:
28 Jan 2015 – Application deadline
Feb 12, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 16, 23 plus on-site visits/interviews – 9 classes – Thursdays, 5:00 to 7:00pm at Elephant Community Press in Central with 2 on-site visits and 2 on-site interviews to be scheduled with your partner
End of April 2015 – Exhibition event

Click here for the application form and details on submitting it – ECP Student Application Form 2014