Asia Leadership Youth (ALY) Camp Returns for the Third Consecutive Year

by Ginchee Tong

The Asia Leadership Youth (ALY) Camp, jointly organized by the Center for Asia Leadership and Sunway International School, returned for the third consecutive year from July 7-14, 2017, to provide young Asians with the opportunity to realize their hidden potential and gain insights into the crucial skills needed to become a valued talent.

Themed “Building 21st Century Core Qualities”, the five-day residential camp was attended by 37 youth, who underwent workshops on topics such as public speaking, negotiations, diversity, 21st century skills, design thinking and entrepreneurship. They were also exposed on how to give an elevator pitch, build their online brand, and what to look out for when applying to US universities.

In addition to these interactive classes, the youth were provided insight and guidance on different career possibilities, including education, design and entrepreneurship, medicine and healthcare, non-profit and social entrepreneurship, as well as finance and government. During the evening, participants were guided on a series of sports-related exercises which doubles as team building session. The third ALY Camp culminated in a community service project, where participants were invited to put together a 45-second public service announcement video on four pressing issues affecting youth today: teen pregnancy, refugees’ rights to education, body image and depression.

The Camp was facilitated by six Teaching Fellows, among them Samuel Kim from the Harvard Kennedy School and the Kellogg School of Management, Ami Jean Valdemoro from the Harvard Kennedy School, Craig Brimhall from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Helen van Baal from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, Dr Namit Choksi from the Harvard School of Public Health, and Panche Kralev from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Kok Sze Hsin, from Norwood Morialta High School in Adelaide, South Australia, said attending the ALY Camp left her feeling more empowered. She said, “There was something about the energy during the entire camp that pushed me to take further initiative and step out of my comfort zone. I left the camp more confident than I was before. So confident that my goal now is to study at Harvard.”

Sharing Sze Hsin’s sentiment is Lidia Kamilia binti Adissadikin from Monash University Foundation Year, Sunway College, who said, “Attending the ALY Camp was truly a life changing experience. The camp became like a platform where I could discover my true self. The Harvard teaching fellows made me feel comfortable to speak my mind and I was given endless of opportunities to do so. I finally outgrew the timid person I was before and now without doubting my potential, speaking in front of a huge audience no longer scares me.”

Khaw Wei Ni from Sunway International School, felt blessed to be able to attend all three ALY Camp since 2015. She said, “I believe everyone who knows me is able to see my improvements. Throughout this camp, I’m able to build up my confidence through public speaking and got the opportunities to learn from all of the committed fellows in professional developments. Overall, it was a great experience.”

Blueprints are already in the works for ALY Camp 4.0 next 2018. So keep your ears and eyes peeled so you don’t miss out on gaining the Harvard experience right here at Sunway!