About CHUM

Empower youths to be their best

CHUM is a Vietnamese non-profit project established in 2015 that seeks to support young people in their personal development to reach their full potential through high-quality mentoring relationships and social & emotional learning. 

Vision: Youths aspire and work towards becoming the best version of themselves.

Values:

  • Commitment - Persistence - Diversity - Compassion - Empathy - Gratitude - Tolerance

CHUM Mentoring Program supports young people in their learning and personal development, helping them reach their full potential through high-quality mentoring relationships coupled with social and emotional learning.

CHUM Mentoring serves youth aged between 10 and 18 who come from difficult situations or are neglected. Priority is given to those who lack consistent supportive adults and are at high risk of placement disruption/transition. Young people we work with were born in poor or scattered families in which parents are divorced, passed away or lack of stable economic conditions. These kids have been chosen to be part of our mentoring program by our partners, Hoc Mon Social Protection Center (Ceporer), with the agreement of their parents or caretaker.

The "Give & Grow" Course helps youths learn about effective giving and philanthropy through experiential learning and community service projects.

The course serves youths aged from 16 to 19, who care about nuturing philanthropic values and creating positive impacts for both themselves and the community.

 

 

CHUMMERS

  • Nguyen Phuong Anh

    Advisor

      Phuong Anh has over ten years working in the development sector with focus on resource mobilization and organizational capacity building for NGOs and social enterprises across Southeast...
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    Nguyen Phuong Anh

    Advisor

     

    Phuong Anh has over ten years working in the development sector with focus on resource mobilization and organizational capacity building for NGOs and social enterprises across Southeast Asia. Phuong Anh is interested in strategic philanthropy and combining complementary resources across sectors to maximize impact and ensure sustainability in addressing community challenges.
    At CHUM, Phuong Anh facilitates an environment in which caring connections are fostered to flourish and  leadership can take place at all levels. Phuong Anh got her Masters of Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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  • Ngo Thuy Anh

    Content Development

    Thuy Anh is currently a PhD candidate at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). Her research focuses on exploring the motivation to volunteer. Thuy Anh likes to work as an organizer of...
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    Ngo Thuy Anh

    Content Development

    Thuy Anh is currently a PhD candidate at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). Her research focuses on exploring the motivation to volunteer. Thuy Anh likes to work as an organizer of community development projects, do research, give presentations, do works related to teaching and coaching. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, and reading. She particularly likes to read books about life skills and fictions.

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  • Nguyen Cam Ha

    Content Development

    Ha is currently studying Public Policy, Education, and Japanese at Duke University, U.S.A. Ha is particularly interested in alternative education curriculums that let kids be themselves and foster...
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    Nguyen Cam Ha

    Content Development

    Ha is currently studying Public Policy, Education, and Japanese at Duke University, U.S.A. Ha is particularly interested in alternative education curriculums that let kids be themselves and foster students' creativity and independence. She hopes to introduce these models to more Vietnamese students.

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  • Dinh Thi Thanh Ngoc

    Program Coordinator

    Thanh Ngoc has joined CHUM because it shares her interests in psychology, education and  her desire to help children, CHUM mentors and myself to grow. She finds what CHUM is doing very humanistic
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    Dinh Thi Thanh Ngoc

    Program Coordinator

    Thanh Ngoc has joined CHUM because it shares her interests in psychology, education and  her desire to help children, CHUM mentors and myself to grow. She finds what CHUM is doing very humanistic and meaningful. The development of this project is a sustainable solution to solve social issues through education and caring.
    She would like to work with a project that matches her strengths and interests, and learn from its professionalism, as well as expanding relationships with a diversity of young people who are passionate and enthusiastic. 

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  • Doan Bao Chau

    Communication

    Bao Chau graduated from the Master of International Communication program at Unitec Institute of Technology in New Zealand. She joined in CHUM due to the belief that all children, especially...
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    Doan Bao Chau

    Communication

    Bao Chau graduated from the Master of International Communication program at Unitec Institute of Technology in New Zealand. She joined in CHUM due to the belief that all children, especially vulnerable ones always need a mentor to guide, to support, to help them reach their potentials and become the best version of themselves.

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  • Pham Minh Huong

    Impact Measurement

    Huong Pham Minh (Holly) is an MBA graduate from Cornell University and currently working at Amazon. Prior to that, Huong worked in impact investing, focusing on impact assessment work for social...
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    Pham Minh Huong

    Impact Measurement

    Huong Pham Minh (Holly) is an MBA graduate from Cornell University and currently working at Amazon. Prior to that, Huong worked in impact investing, focusing on impact assessment work for social enterprises across South and Southeast Asia. In her role of a Monitoring and Evaluation person at CHUM, Huong would like to contribute her technical insights to measure CHUM's impact and from that, assists CHUM to reach its full impact potential and ripple the positive change further.

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  • Nguyen Ngoc Mai Tram

    Communications

    Nguyen Ngoc Mai Tram is currently pursuing a Master of Media Communications at Webster University (Thailand campus). She is especially interested in Community Communication, which is to spread...
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    Nguyen Ngoc Mai Tram

    Communications

    Nguyen Ngoc Mai Tram is currently pursuing a Master of Media Communications at Webster University (Thailand campus). She is especially interested in Community Communication, which is to spread positive values to more people.

    At CHUM, she would love to contribute by telling companion stories so that people can see the two-way impact between BIG CHUMs and SMALL CHUMs because she believes children are the smartest, all they lack is just life experience.

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  • Pham Hong Thien Trang

    Communications

    Thien Trang is an undergraduate student in Journalism and Communication Faculty, University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Trang has been drawn to the new approach that CHUM brings to kids,...
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    Pham Hong Thien Trang

    Communications

    Thien Trang is an undergraduate student in Journalism and Communication Faculty, University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Trang has been drawn to the new approach that CHUM brings to kids, which is different from others organizations working to help disadvantaged children: nurturing children's potential through a comprehensive mentoring program. Trang also wants to challenge and advance herself in the communications field. 

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FAQ

Frenquently questions and answers related to CHUM

  • 1. What is the meaning of CHUM?zoom_in

    "Chum" is a dated, informal English word that means "a close friend". CHUM was chosen as the project name because we believe in the necessity of having a mentor and the significant impacts this relationship can bring to the lives of individuals.

  • 2. What are the programmes at CHUM? zoom_in

    Mentoring is CHUM’s flagship program; it serves youth ages 6 and 18 who are in difficult situations. The program matches youngsters (Little Chums) in one-to-one mentoring relationships with adult volunteers (Big Chums) committed to providing a consistent relationship for at least one year. This program aims to empowers kids by supporting committed mentorships, building healthy peer networks, fostering the development of life skills, increasing self-confidence, and improving optimism about the future.

  • 3. Who can become a Big Chum?zoom_in

    A Big Chum should be over 21 years old, loves volunteering, is interested in child education and psychology. A Big Chum is committed to work with a mentee for at least one year, meeting a Little Chum in person at least twice per month, 2 hours/each and attend CHUM’s monthly trainings. If you feel this opportunity is suitable for you, please apply to become a Big Chum here.

  • 4. What does a Big Chum do?zoom_in

    Big Chum (mentor) will share knowledge, skills, information and perspectives to foster the personal development of one Little Chum (mentee). Big Chum is a caring individual interested in building a relationship with a young person with respect. Through this relationship, Little Chum is encouraged and supported to become more self-confident, secure, and provided more access to opportunities for their future. A Big Chum will make a commitment to work with a Little Chum at least twice per month (2 hours/each) throughout a year and conduct educational activities and build up a healthy connection with his/her mentee. In addition, Big Chum will also attend monthly trainings at CHUM.

  • 5. What doesn't a Big Chum do?zoom_in

    Big Chum does not substitute the role of parents, a counselor, psychologist, teacher or tutor. Big Chum accompanies a young person, sharing his or her Little Chum’s thoughts, activities, hopes and dreams, and provides guidance, support, and encouragement.

  • 6. How is a Big Chum trained and supported?zoom_in

    Before being matched with a Little Chum, Big Chums will need to complete an orientation to sharpen their mentoring skills. CHUM will also organize monthly sharing and training workshops to support Big Chums such as social-emotional learning skills, study skills, group activities, etc. In addition, Big Chum will also be supported under each specific circumstance in the process of working with Little Chum. All the knowledge used to train and support Big Chums are based on scientific research and sharing of educational experts as well as seasoned psychologists.

  • 7. How old are Little Chums?zoom_in

    Little Chums aged between 6-18.

  • 8. How can I find results of CHUM? zoom_in

    You can find results of CHUM's work through our impact and our significant stories between Big Chums and Little Chums.

  • 9. Besides becoming a Big Chum, what can I do if I want to work with CHUM?zoom_in

    CHUM always need volunteers to help run the project apart from mentor volunteers. If you would like to support CHUM in other ways, please check out Get Involved.

  • 10. How can I (or my organisation) can donate to CHUM? zoom_in

    Please refer to “Get involved” for further information or send an email to us at [email protected].