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You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be

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There is inside you
All of the potential
To be whatever you want to be;
All of the energy
To do whatever you want to do.
Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
Doing what you want to do,
And each day, take one step
Towards your dream.
And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
Hold on to your dream.
One morning you will awake to find
That you are the person you dreamed of,
Doing what you wanted to do,
Simply because you had the courage
To believe in your potential
And to hold on to your dream.

~ Donna Levine

 

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Written by cherielee

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

CAUSEPLAY: “Youths Today, Leaders Tomorrow”

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*my final submission for *SCAPE New Media Ambassador Quest

 

Vision

Shift perceptions of youth by combating alienation through creating a global movement of brave new voices and to inspire youths to reach their divine potential.

Mission

“Youths Today, Leaders Tomorrow” empowers the next generation of youths to discover their inner potential by breaking out of their boundaries and nurturing them to be leaders through social entrepreneurship using new media activities.

 

Cause

As part of a core group of counselors supporting a community of youths at risks, my life centers around the hardship and difficulties that youth face on a day-to-day basis. Many of them go home daily facing broken homes, harboring depressive thoughts about the aimlessness of their lives. Some seek solace with friends, some take to other means and some just have no idea how to handle themselves.

Deprived of opportunities for genuine productivity, lured into consumptive roles, young people come to believe that their lives make little difference to the world. But yet at heart I know that each and every one of them has an innate value to society that hidden within them is a fire to succeed, and to give back, just that at this moment in their lives, it lays suppressed, unable to shine. I want to help them explore different opportunities and meaningful differences, conditioning them into brilliant gems such that they, the youths of today, will be the leaders of our nation tomorrow.

My cause will bring out the best in them to become a catalyst of positive change individually and also, make an impact in their communities. Youths are offered new opportunities to experience heretofore unknown facets of life. They will learn more about themselves and grow from successes and failures. I want to push the boundaries of discovery by challenging them, inspiring them and instilling them a sense of wonder about the ongoing around them. I want the youths to grow up in a society with no limits on their dreams and to develop into compassionate and committed adults. I want them to take ownership of the things they do. I want every youth to have the same chances to learn and grow. I want to make a difference in their lives and by motivating them to grab life in their hands and to live their dreams.

 

Proposal

Winning the recent “Wonder Chef” 我要当食神, helped open many doors to pursue my talent in the culinary arts. I would like to latch on this platform and collaborate with celebrity chefs to publish my second culinary book and also begin a social enterprise with young people at heart.

 

Culinary Book 

Following the success of my first publication solely based on the purpose for charity, I am going to create another breakthrough with my second culinary book, this time with an added twist – Innovation. I would like to collaborate with celebrity chefs and local cafés and invite their contribution to this culinary book specifically dedicated to help fund youth development projects (Café with a Purpose). It may be a slim volume running less than 50 pages and cost less than $35 but this yet-to-be-titled Culinary Book comes with a serious message and buying a copy could genuinely help improve somebody’s life. The book will feature at least 30 delicious innovative recipes lovingly contributed by celebrity chefs and local cafés. This could just be one of the tastiest and most enjoyable way of supporting youth development.

 

Social Enterprise 

I would like to start a social enterprise involving youths. Café with a Purpose – The purpose is the empowerment of young people who need a chance to establish their place in the world and also for customers who patronize enjoy fantastic food with knowledgeable and excellent customer service.

The youths will have significant roles as participants and leaders in assuming ownership of this café. Leadership is an amalgamation of many different vital skill sets such as involving communicating, delegating, recognizing and empowering. The establishment of this Café with a Purpose is for youths to learn within the actual work environment and from experts that they will work with and be inspired by. The youths will be equipped with problem analysis and solving skills, a desire to work as a team, social skills, patience, commitment, diplomacy and leadership qualities in the course of work. Their levels of responsibility will gradually increase with the skill that they acquire through this direct hands-on approach in the operations of a business in a real-life situation. Each youth will be appointed a unique role (e.g. Commis) and a mentor (e.g. Chef de partie) to guide them in the station’s responsibilities and operations.

Youths set goals and celebrate accomplishments which in turn help to boost their confidence and belief that they can achieve anything they want in their lives despite the setbacks they might have experienced, breaking out of their boundaries. This might kick start an entrepreneurial spirit in these youths as they discover and practice their interests and skills, test their independence and take control of their lives to be leaders of our nation tomorrow, living their dreams with no limits.

 

*my final submission for *SCAPE New Media Ambassador Quest

 

Best Regards

Cherie Lee

 

 

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Youths Today, Leaders Tomorrow

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*my submission for *SCAPE New Media Ambassador Quest

 

About “Youths Today, Leaders Tomorrow”

I believe that every youth is like an unpolished diamond, freshly mined from the depths of earth. As some progress in life, they are moulded by society to become brilliant gems, shining through in life, to succeed as somebody. I rage against the fact that for some, such potential, thus buried and sometimes forgotten, is never fulfilled. Such waste should not be tolerated in a country where our only resource is human capital. Every one of our young bloods should be conditioned into gems such that they, the youths of today, will be the leaders of our nation tomorrow.

As part of a core group of counsellors supporting a community of youths at risks, my life centers around the hardship and difficulties that such youths face on a day-to-day basis. I want to help them, to explore different opportunities with them and make them shine. Many of them go home daily facing broken homes, harbouring depressive thoughts about the aimlessness of their lives. Some seek solace with friends / gangsters, others take to other means, and some others just have no idea how to handle themselves. Deprived of opportunities for genuine productivity, lured into consumptive roles, young people come to believe that their lives make little difference to the world. But yet at heart I know that each and every one of them, has an innate value to society, that hidden within them is a fire to succeed, and to give back, just that at this moment in their lives, it lays suppressed, unable to shine. It brings me great joy to assist them, through various means such as counseling sessions, motivational speeches, leadership camps and stress management workshops. I believe that over time, I am able to break down their barriers and reach out to them, to develop them into the future leaders of tomorrow.

Additionally, I have first-hand experience in peer counseling in Singapore Management University. With a good listening ear, empathic understanding, unconditional support and a genuine heart, I have successfully formed a good counseling relationship with my client and regained my client’s meaningfulness in life. In addition, I was a ‘mentor’ to a group of more than 15 youths at a recent guidance program camp to help them realize their strengths and instill leadership qualities in them. Also, for these youths to become individuals who can take on the responsibility to bring a positive change in their own lives, rather than blame situations or people for their present troubles. All it takes is just some polishing to these diamonds :)

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