Testimonials

Congratulations to students from our 2011 "Young Leaders of Tomorrow" Summer Leadership Program being successfully admitted to top colleges locally and overseas:

Brown University - Andrew Li
Cambridge University - Carine Ha
Chicago University - Shirley Yuen, Sheenie Chan
Chinese University HK -
Phoebe Chan (Pharmacy), Alissa Ng (Psychology), Karen Chan
Columbia University - Kiran Aida
Cornell University - Jeffrey Fung
Hong Kong University - Lily Ma (Medicine), May Lee
Imperial College London - Hayley Kwan
Lancaster University - Nathan Ma (Law)
Oxford University - Hubert Au
Princeton University - Harold Li
Rice University - Justin Yau
University College London (UCL) - Kimberly Yeoh, Natalie Chyi
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Annie Chan
University of Southern California (USC) - Jun Yen Leung

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“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

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YLOT is definitely an eye-opening experinece in the sense that it has provided a perfect platform for us to let our ideas flow and meet people from different backgrounds. For those who want to know more about themselves and to be better as a person, this is definitely the first step to success.

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Anneena Wong

Form 5, Heep Yunn School

In attending the YLOT program, I was afforded a truly exceptional set of opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. Given that I am not from Hong Kong, simply spending a few weeks exploring the city constituted a unique experience that I will keep with me for a very long time. This was complemented by the program's open learning environment allowed me to further explore a wide variety of stimulating material during the class day. The contrast between the traditional classroom learning that took place during simulations of everything from the microfinance industry to daily leadership decisions and the more professional collaboration between our group and an NGO called Dialogue in the Dark was particularly effective in creating an effective learning environment. All in all, while the YLOT program provides students with a true abundance of opportunities to learn and advance themselves, the structure of the program is such that each student will only get out as much as he or she puts in. While the YLOT program is a perfect setting for the self-motivated and intellectually curious student, it certainly caters to students of all skill sets and backgrounds. Simply put, YLOT presents students with numerous opportunities, a proverbial blank easel; from that, it is up to the student to immerse him/herself as to maximize the experience that he/she undergoes.

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“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Billy Holloway

Grade 12, Loomis Chaffee School (US)

Young Leaders of Tomorrow is no doubt one of the most unique summer programs out there, providing participants an opportunity to simulate real-life situations, collaborate with others with ranging perspectives and allowing students a chance to utilize leadership skills and innovative ideas to make a difference in society through NGOs. I, myself, have learnt to be more self aware and I believe this makes me a better person and a better leader.

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“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Andrea Wong

Year 11, West Island School

Before the "Young Leaders of Tomorrow" Program, I didn’t have a clear definition of what leadership was. The word often gets thrown around a lot, especially nowadays, when “leadership” positions are considered ribbons to place on one’s college applications. But after the program, I realized that leadership is about more than holding a title. I learned that leadership is not about trying to get ahead of people, but walking at their pace, and listening to them. I learned the value of holding back your thoughts, but also sticking up for your opinion. Not only did I learn about leadership as a general idea, but I learned more about myself. Through our NGO project, and the Enneagram session with one of our speakers, I learned a lot about how to work with different types of people, and how I could change to be easier to work with, myself. After this program, I am definitely more confident in my ability to take part in discussions, do interviews, and meet challenges I previously didn’t know how to deal with. The program provided me with an excellent foundation in certain essential skills, and I am positive that I will be using those skills not only throughout high school, but even afterwards, in college and in the workplace.

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Samantha

Grade 10, The Hockaday School (US)

Before the leadership program, I had absolutely no clue of what a true leader is. I thought a leader is someone who has power and authority over people. However, over the past two weeks, I came to realize that being a leader does not necessarily mean that you have a title, but rather, having positive influence over people, giving your group motivation and stepping back at certain times to listen to others. What I got out of the program most is that being yourself, being genuine to people as well as learning from your mistakes, are the stepping stones to become a good leader.

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“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Angie

Y11, Cheltenham Ladies\' College (UK)

My favorite part of the program is the NGO project. I was able to engage with social issues, and developed compassion, empathy to care for others. The experience also allowed me to gain business experience such as gathering and utilizing information, developing and finalizing concepts into a proposal, and preparing a formal presentation to the NGO leaders at the end. From this, I learnt the importance of teamwork and communication, which I believe is essential in the real world.

The inspirational speakers enlightened me in many ways, the speeches challenged me to look at leadership from different perspectives and provoked me to question myself, who am I as a leader? The speeches on leadership motivate me to become a person of influence and to develop a positive mindset to impact the lives of others, which will help me in future to contribute to society in a meaningful way.

Furthermore, the inner leader portfolio provided me with the opportunity to learn more about myself: my aspirations and beliefs, my strengths and weaknesses. For me, it marked a beginning of a journey of self-discovery, which is an important process to become successful in life.

The program experience is rewarding, fruitful and enjoyable, I would highly recommend this for others. The program is uniquely designed for high school students who want to develop practical skills useful in college, work and life in general and to become the “Young Leaders of Tomorrow”!

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“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Rachel

Grade 11, West Island School

The ability to inspire and influence people in a community plays a larger role in defining a leader than power or position does. This may seem fairly simple a statement, but prior to the Young Leaders of Tomorrow Summer Program, my impression of what made a leader was different. I am often put under pressure to run for leadership positions in my extracurricular activities, and for some time I thought that to demonstrate leadership in a team or club, one needs to be in a position to make all the decisions and assign all the roles. This impression, which stuck in my mind throughout the past school year, was wiped out during the two week program. By attending this program, I discovered that to be a leader in an extra-curricular activity, you donʼt need to be team captain or club president. Leaders can be ordinary members who inspire others and make positive changes and contributions to the team. This may seem like a trivial example, however I have learned that the same mentality and logic can be applied to most situations in life. Most importantly, I learned that leaders are ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others.

During YLOT, I discovered aspects of my personality that I never explored before. One of the main times during the program when I was able to do this was during the talk given by one of the speakers. This talk focused on the Enneagram and the different personality types therein. I discovered that I am Personality Types 1, 3 and 6 during this engaging speech. However, in the days that followed this activity, I thought a lot about myself and my personal tendencies in relation to my personality types and established that I am predominantly Type 6, with tendencies and a thought process that are also close to that demonstrated by Type 3. I think that this speaker really helped me to consider all sides of my personality, and through this I feel I will be able to better myself in the future.
 

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“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Nina Mueller

G9, CDNIS

Before this program, I wasn't really sure how I could be a leader making use of my strengths, not just being someone else. I thought that only the most assertive and active ones could be the influences of others. The leadership cases and the personality discussion in this program helped me realized that everyone has his or her own unique quality to be a leader, and can come together to complete a whole. To be honest of what I really am and develop that quality to accomplish certain goals made me more confident and comfortable. When I understood more about myself and how I could contribute that to my group, the discussion between me and my team went smoother and more productive. I was excited about how our NGO project ended up quite successful, and received the recognition from the CEO and all the facilitators. After knowing more about myself, I also had more ideas to present myself confidently while honestly in college applications and interviews.

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“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Wing Tung Wong

Gr 11, ICS

Before participating in the leadership program, I had a very vague idea of what leadership is. It appeared to me that leaders are the only ones who exceed in a particular way with the ability to rule the others. However, what I’ve learnt in the past two weeks proved me wrong. The program made me understand that true leaders are not the ones who put on masks and hide their weaknesses so they could appear perfect in front of the others. Instead, as one of our speakers Brett Hilliard referred, “Leaders should lead with a limp”, meaning that being authentic about own’s imperfections is also a crucial quality that a leader should possess. I also recognized that a leader should not be enslaved by others’ opinions but to have the ability to take in both ideas and criticisms. Furthermore, with the aid of the NGO project, I discovered both my strengths and areas for improvement, which can then act as a catalyst for my personal development in the future.

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“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Valerie

G11, West Island