Students had the opportunity to hear from a diverse range of interesting speakers who discussed their journeys and gave students top tips about how to start out in the social enterprise/NGO sector. The conference also included an exhibition competition, workshops, a pitching competition and fireside chats where students had small group Q&A sessions with some of the guest speakers.
At the conference, three of our Y10 students pitched their social change idea to judges. Jasmin Liaw, Toby Ng and Jessica Gan, team “Tree Cow Herds” pitched a project named "Get A Taste Of What You Waste" which is aimed at combating the 2nd Global Goal: Zero Hunger. They also aim to raise awareness of food waste in our local community as they believe that public awareness is key to successful waste management. The students said “The MAD Youth Summit 2020 was an enjoyable experience. We were exposed to a variety of global issues and we were inspired by motivational speakers who spoke about perseverance and the significance of making a difference. Through this wonderful experience, we got the opportunity to learn so many things as well as receive useful feedback from the judges regarding our movement.”
Serena in Y7 was an exhibitor and speaker at the conference and her fantastic work has received recognition in this New Straits Times news article. On the day Serena spoke to 3500 youth and CEO’s from various leading corporations in Malaysia. Serena’s mum, Dr Himratul Azliza Wan reports “The highlight of the day was when Serena had to grace the presence of the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, the most honourable Hannah Yeoh and had a special sharing session on stage together with the minister and Dr Jasmine, the legal director of Microsoft where Serena shared her experience and challenges of expanding her social enterprise. It received much applause and admiration from the floor. This event was featured on National television the same evening. Most importantly, she has inspired many youngsters and even adults to embark on the same journey.
Weeks of preparation, planning and video advert shooting required a lot of commitment which Serena embraced with an open heart to achieve her dream, to establish employment and awareness for autism. Various companies approached her, volunteering to help and offer employment. Serena has really made a positive impact for herself but most importantly for BSKL, a name she carries with much pride at the event.”
Serena’s business “ Serena’s Secrets” sells 10 types of products (including slimes and bath bombs) and has made close to RM100,000 in profit, all of which has been used to fund therapy sessions for autistic children and buy therapy equipment. The company also provides jobs for autistic adolescents; employing more than 200 people aged between 13 and 18. The products range from RM10 to RM50. Visit http://serenassecret.org or follow Serena’s Secret on Facebook and Instagram to be part of this initiative.
Her ambitious goal is to become a United Nations secretary-general. Well done, Serena!