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The Young Changemaker Incubator

Don’t do it because you have to,
Do it because you need to

To get into top universities and high-powered jobs, many parents and students seek extra-curricular activities associated with world-famous organizations to raise the student’s profile. A summer school at Harvard. A tech internship at Google or Facebook. A letter of recommendation from a family friend who has offered an internship. An online course from Stanford.

This strategy has become so common that it has rendered itself ineffective in helping students differentiate themselves among fiercely competitive applicant pools.

Imagine, instead,...

A young tech savant, passionate about media disinformation, recruits NLP and AI to code a program that will determine how credible an article and its claims are, helping combat fake news with a simple web browser extension.

An aspiring architect who runs an art exhibition to publicly conceptualize her re-design of the tiny, claustrophobic subdivided flats (aka “cage homes”) that house some of Hong Kong’s poorest residents.

Or a young marine biologist, who takes the well-known process of converting fruit peels into hand wash, and pitches corporates to fund a small charity to sell the hand wash at cost. She gives workshops at schools around the city, so other students can embrace green solutions at a young age.

A young poet writes his own play. A young screenwriter writes his own screenplay. The young artist becomes a mainstay at local galleries.

In the Young Changemaker Incubator, ITS helps students realize their own saplings of potential through projects that are all uniquely developed around their own interests and passions. All of the above are projects that have incubated, or are currently incubating, within the ITS family.

If you or your student wants to..

  • become a real global citizen
  • make a positive impact in this world
  • transcend the joyless box-ticking of extracurricular activities
  • cultivate their own initiative, foundation, or community
  • utilize their gap year to apply themselves before apply to university or a first job
  • find a productive outlet during the COVID-19 outbreak while waiting to return to their high school or university abroad

...then the Young Changemaker Incubator is the right platform for you!

Young Changemakers

Jeff Kim
CRED Initiative
Vitoria Zhu
Youth for Experimental Space
Sum Yee Ho
Shall We Talk Foundation
Rica Wong
Resilience Youth Foundation
Alison Carless
Buddy Wiser
Claudia Yin
Jessie Chung
Family Mask
Mingyang Xu, Heyuan Ni, Michael Gao
Shui Foundation
Ethan Ho
Waste Less Feed Better
Eva Li
Youth Cultural Messenger
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The Young Changemaker Incubator (“YCI”)

The YCI is a deliberate reaction to the hyper-competitive landscape of university admissions. Almost universally, students are placed into resume-building activities which they have zero passion for. The YCI is designed to help students, based on their own passions and interests, differentiate themselves through individualized-initiatives and profile-building in their communities. The YCI is designed to help young people connect to the real world and explore infinite possibilities, develop ideas about what they want to do, and tailor experiences to help them achieve that.

Students often begin by first learning about the United Nations and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is important they take ownership of their curiosity or passion for three SDGs. Then, they will move towards developing their own social impact initiative and registering it on the UN SDG Knowledge Platform. The SDGs are the cornerstone for any global citizen in the Decade of Action (‘20-’30). Almost all students already have a strong moral compass. This project, however, is students’ first taste of becoming a moral actor, rectifying everyday injustices in the communities around them.

During and after this starter project, students will gain access to a range of experiences such as internships, entrepreneur programs, community involvement, sustainability initiatives, sports, arts, tech and blockchain, etc. Students gain access to UN events and introductions to UN-affiliated companies and charities based in accordance with their project nature, and by joining other “live” initiatives of other global organizations aligned with the initiative. Students, who have been raised to follow, now get the chance to take the lead. MXA’s network allows not just a wide choice, but choices of the very highest quality.

All of these experiences undergird the student’s application narrative and incipient intellectualism. Students collate research. Students write weekly blogs to document their progress. Students learn to write letters of approach to professionals, academics, or other adults they have never met. Students reflect through essay writing to develop ammunition for the varied application prompts.

The ultimate philosophy of the YCI: students pursue a project and detail it so profoundly that their application provides robust insight into their passions and ability to realize their goals. Through this pursuit, a student truly demonstrates his/her capacity for accomplishment beyond academics.

In an application pool crowded with perfect scores, countless extracurricular activities, and brilliant students - young adults from the YCI make their case as changemaker.

YCI In the Press

International Day of Education - An Open Letter to the UN Secretary-General ( Link 1 / Link 2 / Link 3 / Link 4 / Link 5 )

ITS Redefines Sustainable Education in the GBA ( Link 1 / Link 2 / Link 3 / Link 4 / Link 5 / Link 6 )

The Birth of the Young Changemaker Incubator - A Hong Kong SDG Initiative ( Link 1 / Link 2 / Link 3 )

Learn more about MXA

The MXA Group is an impact-oriented healthcare, logistics, real estate, technology and education focused multi-family office investment venture based here in Hong Kong. It is led by a team of partners who are all graduates of Wharton School of Business and University of Pennsylvania, and who serve as their alumni interview chair in HK. Through their non-profit initiatives led by Better Together Foundation and Asia World Anti-Aging and Well-Being Association, the MXA team supports minority communities and youth entrepreneurship across Asia. The team has interviewed more than 500 high school students for university as well as 2,000 university students for internships and full-time positions, and has been supporting students through the YCI process for over 15 years.

For instance, MXA has helped students launch a surgical mask initiative by working with a Hong-Kong based face mask manufacturing company (itself a United Nations Global Compact member) and donating much needed personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies at cost to at-risk communities all across the world. Another student organized a UN SDG Youth Summit in Hong Kong, with young start-up leaders and founders participating from over twelve countries. The three-day event led to the creation of 17 new business ideas linked to the 17 SDGs, and a community of 1,000 young enthusiasts was born. This project was showcased on stage at the StartmeupHK Festival in 2020, Asia’s largest young entrepreneur event with more than 17,000 delegates attending. A third student built an app which allows female entrepreneurs to find other female workers in countries where it is prohibitive to search for and confirm female talent. The app linked to an intelligent matching algorithm based on characteristics and traits, and has helped more than 500 females find full-time and part-time jobs. Yet another current student is planning to construct and implement a prototype redesign of the subdivided flats home to Hong Kong’s poorest residents. The possibilities are infinite and specifically tailored by your student from his/her interests.

How to Apply

Enrollment for all programs begins with the form below!

For any general enquiries, please email Mike at [email protected] .

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