Sunwah Foundation Global Young Leaders Network (Sunwah GYLN) was established in 2014 by Sunwah Foundation, an international network of youths with the aim to provide a ready international platform for young leaders from various countries to develop their international outlook, leadership skills and commitment to public and social services.
This charter formulates the framework under which the Global Young Leaders Network operates. Contents are:
1. Mission of the Sunwah Foundation Global Young Leaders Network
2. Structure of the Sunwah Foundation Global Young Leaders Network
3. Operation of the Sunwah Foundation Global Young Leaders Network
4. Membership benefits & commitments
5. Selection of Sunwah Foundation Global Young Leaders Network
1. Mission of Sunwah Foundation Global Young Leaders Network
The Sunwah GYLN is a diverse, global community of outstanding young leaders between the age of 18 and 25, who volunteer themselves to jointly shape an international platform for young leaders to grow and develop their international outlook, leadership skills and thereby improve the commitment to public and social services.
Sunwah GYLN’s mission is to promote the spirit of leadership among the communities that Sunwah serves. We strive to accomplish this by building a community of leaders who are committed to serve, equipped to lead, enterprising in action, and plugged into a network of like-minded individuals who are passionate about social development. Sunwah GYLN acts as a platform for young leaders to be both a voice for the future in global thought processes and a catalyst for joint action when appropriate. Together, Sunwah GYLN’s members form an international force for the global common good.
2. Structure of the Sunwah Foundation Global Young Leaders Network
The Network has its headquarters in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Chapter and works in collaboration with the other chapters in Mainland China, Macau, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), and Cambodia with potential international extension opportunity in the future.
In order to manage all Sunwah GYLN Chapters effectively and productively, a Committee of five young leaders which comprises one Chairman, two Vice Chairmen and two Committee Members is linked up with Hong Kong, Beijing, Hanoi, HCMC, UK, Canada, Japan, Macau and Cambodia. The Committee is in charge of organizing activities and projects in various forms as culture exchange, charity events, etc. that involves participation and supports of GYLN members and local communities, and aims to build leadership skills and commit social service obligations to society by submitting project proposals to Sunwah Foundation.
- All members of Sunwah GYLN will be invited to participate in Sunwah Foundation’s events/activities/projects.
- Committee Members will lead their members to make plans for all activities/projects for each year and implement them with assistance from Headquarters and co-ordinator if required.
- Talks/training programs on leadership will be arranged and video-taped and put on website for all members.
- Members will be invited to join projects or exchange activities in various countries. They will also be informed of overseas projects and are welcome to join if appropriate.
- Members will have the opportunity to apply for internship programs in various countries which are offered or introduced by Sunwah Foundation.
Each chapter will have up to 50 members for the first phase of recruitment. Members can be undergraduates and/or recent graduates of universities. The membership status will be reviewed every two years. Name cards will be provided to each member for the two-year period (design to be given later).
Members of the Sunwah GYLN are provided with the opportunity to:
- Belong to an international network of outstanding leaders who closely collaborate with Sunwah Foundation to build a better community;
- Further develop leadership skills, teamwork and professional skills necessary to function in a global, multi-cultural environment through regular training workshops, discussions and interaction with reputable, senior mentors as well as international young leaders;
- Improve knowledge of organizing social activities;
- Actively initiate and contribute to the network aimed at improving the communities;
- Enhance personal profile
Specifically, Active Members (those who are active and contribute deeply to the projects of the network) will benefit from:
- Having the chance to participate in international forums, meetings and programs with other Sunwah GYLN chapters in various countries;
- Having the opportunity to receive scholarship and certificates of the Sunwah Foundation in recognition of great contribution to community services and projects;
- Having the opportunity to participate in internship programs/exchange activities in various countries which are offered or introduced by Sunwah Foundation.
Being part of the Community and operating within the Sunwah GYLN implies certain commitments. In this context, by becoming a Member of the network, individual members must agree to:
a. Endorse the mission and vision of the Sunwah GYLN;
b. Participate in a tenure of 2 years minimum;
c. Engage regularly in activities of the Sunwah GYLN and participate in an organization team at least once a year;
d. Actively contribute to online discussions and opinion polls;
e. Adhere to confidentiality agreements, which prohibit the transmission or distribution of proprietary information in any form or shape to outside parties (no solicitation or mass mailings).
5. Selection of Global Young Leaders Network
Potential candidates for the Sunwah GYLN are selected based on the following criteria:
- He/she is between 18 and 25 years of age at the time of applying;
- He/she has a recognized record of extraordinary achievement and a proven track record of substantial leadership experience;
- He/she has demonstrated a commitment to serve society at large through exceptional contributions;
- He/she must have an impeccable record in the public eye and good standing in his/her community;
- He/she must demonstrate the ability and the willing to learn;
- He/she must demonstrate proficiency in English (knowing other languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, is highly encouraged)
Selection of the Sunwah GYLN will be conducted annually or under the requirements of a Chapter. Each chapter is responsible for its own selection procedures with the basis of one application screening round and one interview round. Successful applicants will be asked to sign a simple undertaking of the Sunwah GYLN. So far, GYLN has had 9 GYLN Chapters in many cities and countries in the world. Each Chapter creates and organizes its projects and events which are managed by the Chapter’s Chairman/Chairwoman and are supported by SWF coordinators.
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