• Ongoing Projects
  • Nurturing Social Minds
    • Nurturing Social Minds

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      In 2015, after the completion of the two-year pilot of the Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Philanthropy (SE&VP) elective course at HKUST, The Yeh Family Philanthropy became one of the first appointed Intermediaries of the Hong Kong SAR Government's Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund (SIE Fund).

       

      Under this initiative, the pilot course at HKUST is scaled up into a full-fledged program, with a total of nine SE & VP courses to be offered across three years at two tertiary institutions: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Center of Entrepreneurship and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School. The program has been renamed Nurturing Social Minds (www.nsm.hk) and officially launched in May 2015.

       

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  • Kwai Chung Needs Assessment Study
    • Kwai Chung Needs Assessment Study

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      In 2014, The Yeh Family Philanthropy engaged the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (“HKCSS”) to conduct an education needs assessment study of low-income students in Kwai Chung district, to “explore the premise that an individual’s neighborhood environment has an influence on his or her school performance and the education outcomes which can change his or her life chances.” 

       

      HKCSS worked in collaboration with the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to develop its research methodology and focus. Key research questions examined include:

       

      • Who are the vulnerable groups of students in need within the community?
      • What are the needs of these vulnerable groups to attain academic achievement and personal development?
      • How do the home and neighborhood environment affect the student’s education outcomes and challenges in schooling?
      • What do schools and social service providers currently do to help students and their families to mediate their disadvantages?
      • What are the weaknesses in current educational support and potential opportunities for greater impact?

       

      The research used qualitative and quantitative methodology. In-depth interviews were conducted with parents, school personnel and community stakeholders to understand the perceived challenges and attitudes of these groups regarding the educational needs of the youth. A community wide survey was also conducted with a sample size of 655 students residing in the district to understand the views of different groups of young people with respect to their learning, educational advancement and career development. The results of this needs assessment study will be published in the first half of 2016 and shared with the Hong Kong community.

  • HKUST - Social Entrepreneurship & Venture Philanthropy
    • HKUST - Social Entrepreneurship & Venture Philanthropy

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      In 2013, The Yeh Family Philanthropy launched a two year pilot project multi-disciplinary action-learning elective on Social Entrepreneurship and Venture Philanthropy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

       

      The aim is to develop student skills in identifying and evaluating existing HK for-profit or non-profit enterprises with a social mission that are suitable for a venture philanthropy investment ("social ventures"). YFP works with the instructor to bring social ventures to the course. Students act as consultants to help social ventures develop a strategic initiative and funding proposal, competing against the other student groups for funding.

       

      The course provides students with an overview of social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy and exposes them to more "business-oriented" models of addressing society's social needs. Students and their social ventures have the unique opportunity to come face to face with leading practitioners in SE & VP, and to be part of a multidisciplinary team that helps to solve real life social and business problems.

       

      This is a practitioner-driven experiential learning course culminating in a funding competition where independent expert judges and the students jointly determine which social venture receives the $250,000 award. Through this process, students learn to assess the viability of the proposals presented and the sustainability of the associated social venture, experiencing - albeit momentarily - the mindset of a funder.

  • Teach for China - Impact Measurement
    • Teach for China - Impact Measurement

    • In 2013, The Yeh Family Philanthropy partnered with an international corporate foundation to support an impact strategy and evaluation-consulting project conducted by SRI International, an independent non-profit research institute, to refine and maximize the impact of TFC’s program. 

       

      Founded in 2008, Teach For China is an educational non-profit organization committed to closing the education gap in China's under-resourced regions.  Teach For China is working to eliminate one of the greatest challenges facing China today – education inequality – by enlisting the most promising future leaders from both China and the United States in the effort.

       

      SRI International worked with Teach for China to develop a strategy for addressing pressing strategic challenges at Teach for China. SRI conducted a 6-month strategic planning and evaluation project with Teach for China allowing Teach for China to hone their strategic vision for impacting change on Chinese students, develop a corresponding series of evaluation metrics, and outline strategies for fostering innovative educational interventions to accelerate progress. 

       

      The SRI project focused on three key outputs: A refined Theory of Change, an Evaluation Plan, and a Strategic Innovation Memo for program enhancements.




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