Past Program

2015 HK YLOT

 YLOT 2015 program was filled with fun and learning. Our students this year came from HKIS, CIS, Renaissance, Discovery College, Good Hope, Loomis Chaffee (US), The Taft School (US), and Lexington High (US).

"During these two weeks, I have not only made many new friends but I have really learned more about myself and how I can improve myself in a positive way. From solving puzzles, to fun game breaks every single experience I have participated in at YLOT has been positive. My most memorable experience at YLOT was most definitely proposing new ideas to NGO because I really learnt how to be professional and what it is like to work in the professional world. The various collegiate facilitators I got to meet were all so helpful in answering all my questions about college and their experiences at their different colleges. The answers to these questions helped me greatly in understanding what it is like outside of the high school. I would highly recommend YLOT because I know I did not regret one minute of it."
~ Christopher McDermott, The Taft School (Grade 10)

My experience in YLOT has been truly inspiring. Walking in on the first day, I didn’t expect the program to be that interactive for us as students but as the days past, we did a numerous amount of activities that involved teamwork and simulations that required real life issues. For example, mock interviews, microfinance and leadership simulations and debate activities. Because of these activities it has enhanced everyone’s teamwork abilities and appreciation for the opportunities that were given to us to benefit us for our future career. Our main project for this year was to give ideas for improvement on a social enterprise in Hong Kong that promotes empathy for and social inclusion of the visually impaired called ‘Dialogue In The Dark.’ Because of this experience, I learnt what it means to work in the business world, which is extremely helpful to me in the future.
~ Abe Luk, Chinese International School (Year 9)

2015 HK YLOT

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Colleges currently attended by our first batch of YLOT alumni

We are excited to share that all our first cohort of YLOT (www.young-leaders-of-tomorrow.com) graduates are now pursuing their degrees in university locally or abroad. Outside school, most of them are continuing to pursue their interests and passions which were deepened during their time with us at YLOT. We wish them every success in their college years.

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


 

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

2014 HK YLOT

13 bright and talented students have successfully completed the YLOT 2014 program, with students coming from Heep Yunn School, St Joseph’s College, West Island School, Yew Chung International School, CIS, Choate Rosemary Hall (US), The Bronx High School of Science (US) and Loomis Chaffee School (US).

Students immersed themselves in a range of activities, ranging from microfinance simulations amd leadership case studies to mock interviews and 1-to-1 coaching with their facilitators.

Highlights from the program can be viewed here.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

2013 HK YLOT

HK YLOT Summer Leadership program was successfully completed during summer 2013, with students coming from Phillips Academy Andover (US), HKIS, Island School, South Island School, Concordian International School (Thailand), Hockaday School (US), and Renaissance College. 

Students in the program shared their aspirations of how they would like to be of service to the society in the future.  See video

Highlights from the program can be viewed here.

Program:
“Young Leaders of Tomorrow”

Writing Enrichment 1: Persuasive Writing

It can sometimes be difficult for students to write exactly why they covet something highly desirable and popular, aside from the usual reason of peer pressure. In this persuasive letter to his father, Jonathan gives specific details to back up his reasons for wanting such an item. The consequences of not having it are written with flair and personality.

Writing Enrichment 1: Persuasive Writing
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Program:
Writing Enrichment

Jonathan Lau

F2, Wah Yan College KL

Writing Foundation 2: Descriptive Writing

 In the module Descriptive Writing, our WF2 students learned several techniques they could use to give life to their descriptions. Laetitia not only did that, but also added a wealth of anecdotes and picked the most special thoughts and feelings to write about. The depth of the piece is a huge improvement, and makes it a very personalized piece indeed.

Writing Foundation 2: Descriptive Writing
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Laetitia Kwek

G3, SIS

Writing Foundation 3: Fiction

During term 2, students learnt about fictional writing and were taught how to plan a story with the use of a story roller coaster. This method is useful for the students at this level as it encouraged better organization of ideas by pushing students to think through each section of the story in more detail. As a result, the finished product turns out to be more coherent and logical. Students were taught how to write with clear nouns and precise adjectives, avoiding the use vague words such as “something” or “stuff”.

It is apparent from Davis’ finished piece that he applied these newly acquired techniques very well. He wrote with precision and demonstrated his creativity through his choice of words and story content, creating vivid mental images for most of his scenes. Take a look at his exciting tale, "Pomeranian Devil", by clicking the PDF link below!

Writing Foundation 3: Fiction
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Davis Cheng

Y5, CIS

Writing Foundation 2: Descriptive Writing

 Students were taught:

  • Writing Technique: How to utilize a mind-map, apply 3 different lenses to the 5-senses, describe colors more creatively, give life to objects by assigning them actions, narrow down and arrange ideas, 
  • Vocabulary and Grammar: How to specify word choice, utilize alliterations and reference a thesaurus
  • Reading Comprehension: Students read a large variety of texts that described everything from windows and bathrooms, to magical new worlds. Comprehension questions challenged students to apply their imaginations and inference skills.

Ashley has always impressed with her great work ethic and practicality, but we were so pleased to witness her imagination really came through during the descriptive wriitng unit. Check out her wonderfully colorful descriptive piece in which she describes her beloved harp by clicking the PDF link below!

 

 

Writing Foundation 2: Descriptive Writing
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Ashley Wong

P4, St. Stephens College

Writing Foundation 1: Fiction

 Students were taught:

  • What is Fiction vs. Nonfiction
  • Fiction story planning: brainstorming concepts, selecting a specific and descriptive time and place (setting), creating a main character and identifying their descriptive characteristics, mapping key events in a fiction story with an emphasis placed on writing in the past tense – the problem, the solution, the conclusion.
  • Writing technique: writing a story based on a picture using select action verbs, proper use of speech/quotation marks, strong introductions, self-correcting with a focus on replacing “then” with other transition words
  • Vocabulary and grammar: action verbs, using stronger synonyms of common action verbs, past and present tense, regular and irregular past tense verbs, past tense of “to be” words
  • Reading Comprehension: answering a blend of direct, inference, and opinion questions about the readings

Hannah is a returning student from our summer writing program. She has made such immense improvement since she first started attending classes at The Open Classroom, we couldn't resist sharing her latest creation! Click the PDF link below to check out Hannah's magical fiction-tale!

Writing Foundation 1: Fiction
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Program:
Writing Foundation

Hannah Kwok

P2, DGJS

Writing Enrichment 1: Character Sketch

 Students were taught:

  • How to design a character sketch using figures of speech and different methods of statements that “show”, not “tell”: what the character’s habits are, their catchphrases,and why this person is important to the students; avoiding lists of adjectives
  • Inserting character descriptions in a fictional or semi-fictional narrated scene that displays his/her personality
  • Ways to introduce a character: state a belief/opinion/feeling, use a dialogue, describe the setting, or use a flashback
  • How different settings may create different moods as a backdrop for the character described
  • Ways to end the narrative: use a dialogue, state a feeling/reflection, describe a setting or use a question

Our Writing Enrichment 1 students all worked hard during the first part of Regular Term 1 2012, but here is one particularly noteworthy character sketch by Jonathan!

Writing Enrichment 1: Character Sketch
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Program:
Writing Enrichment

Jonathan Lau

Form 2, Wah Yan College