Our mission

Help youths realise their potentials and be the best version of themselves through a positive mentorship and development of social and emotional skills.

CHUM MENTORING PROGRAM
Empower youths by becoming their friends.

THE "GIVE & GROW" COURSE
Help youths find the answer to 'How do I become a better person by learning to give?'

CHUM's PROJECTS

THE "GIVE & GROW" COURSE

The Give & Grow project aims to provide youth with opportunities to enhance their community responsibility and leadership, learning how they are connected to the social and environmental issues surrounding them, skills to deepen their understanding of issues they care about, taking purposeful action, increasing self-awareness and confidence by learning about philanthropy concepts, how to give effectively and engaging in service learning projects to address
 a range of issues and needs in their communities.

Why learning about giving?

Traditions of philanthropy is strongly rooted in societies. However, the backbone of philanthropy is in individual actions in practice. A study have pointed out that philanthropic actions are both altruistic impulses and learned behaviors (Falco et al., 1998; Schervish, 1997).

A study by Ottoni-Wilhelm et al. (2014), kids and adolescences are more likely to give and volunteer if they are exposed to philanthropic conversations and role modeling of philanthropic actions. Literature and practices in developed giving societies show that kids and youth philanthropy has become an important concept in many different ways and levels. It does not only uplift local communities, but also educate a generation of warm hearted, responsible and caring citizens. As long as they have proper education, guidance and support from families and local organizations, kids and youth have the abilities to make the world a better place.

What will participants learn from this course?


● how they are connected to the social and environmental issues surrounding them
● social justice & diversity 
● the concept of philanthropy and how they can make a difference in their community.
● how to nurture their philanthropic values and habits
● skills to deepen their understanding of issues they care about: need assessment
● how to run a service learning project: fundraising, activism and project management

Participants will then group  in giving circles. Students with same interests will work together to dive deep in their topics and support each other to give towards the causes in their own capacity. They will be provided with mentorship and resources (financial and technical) to apply what they have learned and implement their projects over the course of 3 months.

THE MENTORING PROGRAM

Mentoring is CHUM’s flagship program; it serves youth ages 10 and 18 who are in difficult situations. The program matches youngsters in one-to-one mentoring relationships with adult volunteers committed to providing a consistent relationship for at least one year. 

CHUM staff provides ongoing support to each mentor/mentee match. We coach mentors to recognize the challenges that can result from a young person’s history of neglect. Staff members implement evidence-based intervention methods that are effective for working with disadvantaged youth. Personalized support helps promote longevity in mentoring relationships. 

We are deeply invested in high quality mentorship and therefore provide extensive strengths-based training and ongoing support to our volunteer mentors.  

Our specific goals include:
●    Improve study skills: help enhance foundational set of study skills that serves mentees in the long-term such as reading, writing, memorization, presentations, etc.)
●    Improving  social and emotional skills

●    Provide a source of support through relationships with caring and trusted adults. 

Social and emotional skills

According to research results of the leading educational institutions in the United States presented at the conference organized by the Bridgespan Group in October 2014 and published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, social and emotional skills help students become more effective learners, preparing them with a better foundation for not only school, but also in your career and life, instead of just traditional school focus approach (e.g. cognitive skills such as Mathematics, English, etc.).

Social emotional learning includes self-awareness, social awareness, relationship development, and self-control. In Vietnam, a number of organizations and initiatives have applied teaching of these skills in a number of social centers (Tinh Truc Gia) and kindergartens, which produced a noted positive impact on learners, as reported by Professor Ha Vinh Tho, coordinator of the National Happiness Center in Bhutan, at a talk at Hoa Sen University on August 22, 2015.

In addition, surveys conducted in 2014 by CHUM on young people aged 15 -17 at various schools in the Ho Chi Minh City, Hoc Mon, Dong Nai and Tien Giang showed the need to learn life skills ranked 2 (67.9%) after career orientation (70.8%). Some of them had participated in various skills training, but most are short courses lasting from a few days to a month.

Given the complicated circumstances of our Little Chums, fostering their social and emotional skills can help them improve their resistance to engage in risky behaviors.

Matches meet for at least 4 hours a month, usually more than that since they participate in various activities, such as watching a movie, reading a book or planting a tree, etc. apart from their own time together. These activities encourage social and emotional development, and give youth opportunities to learn new skills and build strong relationships with their mentors. Mentors and mentees can also participate in group events which are organized by CHUM that facilitate the development of positive peer relationships and build a sense of community.
For some of the Little Chums, their mentor is among the key consistent adult figures in their life. Our mentors program 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.