Testimonials

This summer intensive program flew by in a blink of an eye, yet these ten exciting days have given me opportunities, insights and fun I couldn't find anywhere else.

Coming from a local school, I found working with a team of students with mixed backgrounds- local schools, international schools, overseas schools- a valuable experience. Our varied cultures and personalities resulted in interesting dynamics in the group, making our discussions both fun and efficient. Apart from that, everyone in the team was very supportive in the sense that they would always give me encouragement as well as be frank enough to tell me how I can do better.

Another thing that thrilled me was the earnestness of the facilitators. I could see that they were observing very carefully and scribbling in their notebooks when we were having discussions. Yet, I had never imagined that they would treat this so seriously. From the comments and words they had for us, I had a feeling that they could almost look straight into our hearts. They didn't just give us random, general reflections, but gave us advice based on who we are deep inside.

What impressed me most was that in all the coaching sessions and informal sharing, we were allowed to really be ourselves, which made me feel at ease. This leadership program does not intend to push us on a formulated 'road to success', but helped us dig into our hearts and find out how we can achieve our aspirations. I myself is a Christian, and it was amazing that I could talk about Jesus in this sort of program instead of putting my religion aside. I like the non-judgmental environment here that enabled me to share my dreams fearlessly without hiding part of myself.

One last point to add- the NGO project was truly an invaluable experience. The NGOs were very open to our suggestions and gave us a lot of opportunities to contribute in the future. It was wonderful that through the extension of working with the NGOs, we could at the same time keep connected with our groupmates. Although the program was just a ten-day course, the story did not end right there- we are actually brought on to start of a new journey!

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Alisa

Form 4, Heep Yunn

Young Leaders of Tomorrow summer program has given me great chances to pursue leadership role. There are speakers working in different fields come up and share their own experiences, which is really inspirational to high school students like us. Other than that, there are simulations about India microfinance. Through the simulations, we can really experience real life pressure and learn how to make decisions under imperfect information condition.

Another worth-mentioning exercise will definitely be the NGO project. Grameen Bank is our target NGO. During the preparations, we have learnt how to cooperate with people who have different strengths and weaknesses as well as how to think outside the box. This program has helped a lot in my personal development. I’ve learnt different essential elements about leadership, such as taking initiatives and responsibilities to finish work etc. I will definitely recommend all kinds of high school students to join this meaningful program, especially for those who do not speak up much in school. Young Leaders of Tomorrow summer program, this is what you desire.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Katy

Form 4, Heep Yunn

I enjoyed this program because it provided a learning environment that is quite different from anything I have experienced before. There were so many different, creative activities that we did (like the Leadership Cases and Simulation Modules) that you wouldn’t see in the typical high-school classroom setting. It was such a nice break from the strict, routine environment of school, and I think it enriched the learning experience exponentially. I also appreciated the fact that we weren’t assigned homework; if we wanted to get work done outside of the program, we had to sort it out ourselves. I found that this made our group more independent (the members as individuals, and the group as a whole).

I liked the fact that there were Senior Facilitators and Junior Facilitators. It helped to have advice coming from both groups. Sometimes their opinions differed, which helped us see two different points of view. Also, from the first day, it was clear that all of the Facilitators (the Junior Facilitators, especially) were making an effort to get to know all of the students; this was nice to see, and it was definitely helpful.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Kiran

Grade 9, Cary Academy in the U.S.

I just recently attended The Young Leaders of Tomorrow summer leadership course and found it extremely interesting as well as helpful for me not only because it taught good methods for interacting and dealing with other people but also because it helped me better understand and develop my priorities and preferences concerning making decisions about my future life, especially with applying to colleges.

The program is very effective because it ensures that its participants learn about the world as well as about themselves while keeping everybody involved with its friendly and cheerful atmosphere. Its incorporation of a very real NGO project adds an element of real-world application of concepts as well as provides an opportunity to gain experience outside of the classroom. College information sessions covering everything from managing academics and extracurricular activities while attending university to college applications and interviews to even choosing what to study at university make this course especially helpful for high school students moving into years 12 or 13.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Jun Yen

Grade 10, HKIS

Young Leaders of Tomorrow — this is a program I would recommend to my local school friends for the usefulness as well as insightful content covered. After two weeks of intense training with teenagers from different schools and backgrounds, I have gained a lot on problem-solving, making wise decisions together with the qualities of a true leader. Unlike other leadership programs, in this program I have found simulations that are close to our real life, the opportunity to cooperate with an NGO, to pour my efforts over something that is worthwhile, and not to mention, a group of dedicated and caring facilitators. This is the place where I can get honest and practical feedback from experienced people as an attempt to get to know myself better. I treasure every moment I have spent in this program as well as every moment will be since these facilitators are willing to keep in touch and help me in the coming future. Therefore, I would like to say thank you to everyone who makes this program possible. I hope that this program can continue to inspire and nurture young leaders by providing them a chance to lead and shine. I am grateful for being able to participate in a program that can last for a lifetime.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Lily

Form 4, Heep Yunn

The Open Classroom’s summer leadership course is a unique experience. there are few places I have seen that allow the same kind of support and teaching. While many courses in Hong Kong are centered around SAT scores or getting higher marks on tests, this program prepares you for the challenges of life beyond school, things like making a proposal for your job, or dealing with a troublesome boss. But this course is not training for leadership in later life as there is an involved service component as well. Students taking this course can have the chance to make a real difference in the world, working with real NGOs and real NGOs problems. IN A NUT SHELL: Unique course that prepares people for a life of leadership and service.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Brendan

Grade 9, HKIS

Through joining the Young Leaders of Tomorrow program, I have met many new friends and gained valuable experience that I can never gain in school activities.

Firstly, the program gave us a chance to take part in an NGO project. As an ordinary teenager, I cannot easily get in touch with NGOs, not to mention giving suggestions on their project or even working with them. However, the program gave us a chance to get in touch with Dialogue in Silence (a social enterprise that helps the deaf people) and help them to work out a workshop for teenagers. It is a memorable experience.

Secondly, the program provided me with a lot of information about universities and future careers by inviting present undergraduates and people from different careers to share their experience with us. I believe this information will be very useful in the future when I am entering university or finding a job.

For leadership skills, I learn how to speak more confidently and express my views without prompting. My English speaking skills has also improved in these two weeks. Through the leadership training I have gone through, I gained confidence to express my own opinion and I knew that I am able to have a valuable position in my group.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Phoebe

Form 4, Heep Yunn

As a teacher, I definitely see the need to promote critical thinking skills in our youths today. And life skills include so much more than what is included in the basic school subjects! From my daughter's reactions to the modules she took, I can see her interest brimming over after each class.

Program:
Writing Foundation

Kathleen

Parent of P4, DGJS