Share Your Talent Program
Published on July 5, 2016 um 15:27
Explain your idea in details:
In busy modern cities like Nanjing, China, loneliness has become increasingly common among urban dwellers. Also, the complicated social components have led to unequal education within big cities. Share Your Talent Program (SYTP) intends to solve these problems using a dynamic community learning model to give people of all ages and all backgrounds the opportunity to share their talent and continue to learn. I hope the program can foster better relationships between community members and help them cultivate a healthy life attitude by increasing the sense of belonging and participation. SYTP is a platform where community members can teach and learn what they like, with online registration and community-based activities. A volunteer teacher needs to provide a brief teaching plan and launch the class after the plan is approved by SYTP staff. Classes of all kinds are welcome, including but not limited to arts, sports, technology and household skills. Any member can check out the class information online or at the community center and sign up for lessons. A small amount of tuition (no more than 100 RMB per course) will be charged to ensure the operation of the program. No more than 10 people will be included in each class to increase intimacy and interaction. Lessons with positive feedback will be introduced to other communities, including marginalized communities where people have little access to continuing studies. There will be discounts on tuition based on the communitys financial situation. Free summer and winter sessions will be open for school children and teenagers who cannot afford other summer programs. In addition to the regular course forms, the children are encouraged to teach and tutor each other. In this way, these children can get in touch with subjects and activities not covered at school and develop self-confidence and communication skills.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
1) There are 150 thousand seniors who live alone in Nanjing. They not only have little care from others, but also suffer great loneliness. SYTP hopes to reduce loneliness for the elderly, make their lives more fulfilled and meaningful, and thus improve their psychological and physical well-being. 2) 18.3% of teenage Internet users in Nanjing are addicts, who find satisfaction in the virtual world while changing nothing about their offline lives. SYTP encourages young people to engage in their own community, spend their free time meaningfully, cultivate a positive attitude toward life and work, and help them find a sense of reward through sharing, serving, communicating and bonding. SYTP aims to reduce Internet addict rate in Nanjing by 10% by the year 2020. 3) There are over 17,000 children from migrant worker families in Nanjing. These children usually attend schools with poor conditions and have no access to any extracurricular activities or courses. They may spend their free time on dissipating or even illicit activities. SYTP helps to introduce extracurricular classes and activities to marginalized children and teenagers, provide them with proper guidance, equip them with a wider range of knowledge and ability and a sense of self-betterment, and at the same time reduce the rate of teenage crime. Hopefully, SYTP summer/winter sessions can extend to 10 schools of migrant workers' children by 2018. 4) Overall, SYTP aims to create an interwoven community network which increases participation and involvement of community members, develop a community value that appreciates both collaborative efforts and personal growth, and create safer, friendlier and healthier communities for all. 5) Share Your Talent Program accords with several of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, including Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities and Sustainable Communities.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
1) Personnel: In each community, there will be constant SYTP staff who take care of the program, volunteers who help with class coordination and preparation, and teachers who sign up through the online system. Teachers and volunteers in the program are usually not paid, but they can earn credits that account for tuition for SYTP classes. One hour of teaching is equivalent to 50 RMB of tuition; one hour of volunteering is equivalent to 20 RMB of tuition.
2) Finance: The starting fund will come from investors of the program with complementary crowd funding. After the program launches, the tuition will constitute an important part of the fund.
3) The online system: The online system serves to provide basic course information and facilitate the registration process. As the program extends to more communities and areas, the online platform will expand accordingly. However, the main purpose of the online system will remain confined to its original ones, because one of the goals of SYTP is to encourage offline communication.
4) Stages for development: For start, I plan to cooperate with three communities with rather complete facilities like the community activity center. Promotion of the program will be done mainly inside the partner communities in forms of posters and introduction seminars. Then the program will extend to more communities using the same model. I hope to cover 10 major communities in Nanjing by 2018 and 15 school districts for summer/winter sessions. By 2020, SYTP will hopefully start in 6 other cities like Suzhou and Xuzhou in China.
5) Special event: An annual event will be held where members of SYTP across the city gather together and share their experiences with the program. Leaders of popular courses also have the chance to share their talent with a much larger group.
I am Ruiyi Li and I am 17 years old. I am a junior year student at Nanjing Foreign Language School, China. Born in a family of teachers, I have always been aware of the power of education in transforming people and have had an interest in the mechanism of teaching and learning. I am concerned about the state of education of Chinese teenagers in different backgrounds as well. I have studied in the US as an exchange student and have published a series of empirical articles about the differences between American and Chinese education. Also interested in psychology, I noticed the growing sense of loneliness among urban dwellers and the fact that the intention of getting rid of loneliness by heavy Internet use can actually backfire for the younger generation. Share Your Talent Program is the idea I come up with, and I hope to solve the problem of loneliness and marginalization with the help of interactive continuing education.
Stage of Idea
conceptual stage, planning stage
the SYTP logo
the SYTP community
A pilot program at local community (dance class for children)