CLICK! 5.0: Empowering Rural Youth

The social entrepreneurship camp CLICK! 5.0, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, launched in April with a series of camps that will equip Malaysian youth with social entrepreneurial skills to address pressing issues in their communities. CLICK! 5.0 will reach 14 to 16 year-old suburban and rural high school students from eight states across Malaysia (Kedah, Perlis, Perak, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan and Sabah). The U.S. Embassy has funded these camps every year since 2011.

CLICK! 5.0 is managed by Leadership Empowerment And Development (LEAD) Institute and is held in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program, and the Malaysian-American Alumni Partnership, with sponsorship from private sector partners including Sunway Education Group, Canon and many more. In line with the tagline this year, ‘Building Community Heroes’, CLICK! 5.0 aims to inspire and empower youth to be community heroes and champion causes that are important to their communities, be it in addressing bullying issues at school or cleanliness issues in their neighbourhood.

The first CLICK! 5.0 camp was held from April 6-8 in Ipoh, Perak. The second camp kicked off on April 22-24 in Kota Bharu, Kelantan and the last camp will be held on May 6-8 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. CLICK! 5.0 has great participation from 30 schools nationwide. Not only does CLICK! 5.0 reach out to schools with lower English proficiency; it also reached out to two Madrasah schools. During the 3-day camp, students learnt social entrepreneurship skills, enhanced their leadership skills and boosted their English language skills.

Trained by social entrepreneurship experts, the participants and their mentors worked closely in identifying the most pressing social issues that they want to solve, followed by listing the key solutions, and later pitching the projects to a panel of notable judges. By the end of the camp, each team has a solid business plan and seed funding to kick start their project. Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) will mentor the groups for the 8-week implementation.

Six finalists will then be chosen to compete in the Grand Finale in September 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. The final three winning teams will walk away with scholarships to study at Sunway University.

The U.S. Embassy and LEAD Institute hope that this programme will empower youth to be active in their communities as good citizens and innovative social entrepreneurs.

Perak Camp: 8th – 10th April 2016 (11 Teams) – 5 teams from Perak

SMK Changkat Lada (Perak), SMK Tunku Bendahara (Kedah), SMK Kenering gerik (Perak), SMK Sultan Idris Shah II (Perak), SMK Tunku Sulong (Kedah), SMK Sayong (Perak), SMK Raja Muda Musa (Perak), SMK Megat Dewa (Kedah), SMK Raja Puan Muda Tengku Fauziah (Perlis), SMK Tengku Suleiman (Perlis) & SM Islam Al-Amin Gombak (Selangor).

The top three teams for the 3D2N camp in Perak were:

Champion: SMK Changkat Lada, Perak Project: Improve English literacy among peers through drama/theatre club.

1st Runner Up: SMK Tunku Sulong, Kedah Project: Solve littering issue in school via awareness camp.

2nd Runner Up: SMK Megat Dewa, Kedah Project: Provide healthy food in school by selling fruit smoothie.

SMK Sayong, Perak was crowned ‘The Most Proactive Team’. They were given trophies. The top three teams received RM300 seed funding, Canon Camera, trophies and certificates.

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