News Monday, June 11th 2012
The Harry Winston Hope Foundation™ announced its support of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and the China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) in introducing the globally acclaimed Passport to Success® life and employability skills to underserved youth in China.
Harry Winston Hope Foundation™, International Youth Foundation and China Youth Development Foundation introduce the Passport to Success® in China
The curriculum, translated into Mandarin and adapted to reflect China’s unique culture, was developed to meet a crucial need in the country’s education system, as China works to support its booming economy and meet employer demands for qualified workers. The skills gained by program participants, which include communications, teamwork, effective work habits and community service, are viewed as vital to students’ prospects in both education and employment.
“We are proud to support the International Youth Foundation and China Youth Development Foundation as they bring this proven curriculum to the young people of China,” said Frederic de Narp, President and CEO of Harry Winston, Inc. “Giving back is part of the DNA of Harry Winston. As we grow our presence in China, we bring with us our dedication to philanthropy and our commitment to supporting the unique needs of communities where we operate globally.”
“In over a dozen countries worldwide, our Passport to Success® curriculum has demonstrated it can help young people stay in school, improve their prospects for employment, and bolster their hopes for the future,” said William S. Reese, President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation. ”We are very pleased to be working with the Harry Winston Hope Foundation to introduce the program in China for the first time, so this country’s youth can be successful and contribute to their community’s growth and wellbeing.”
The Harry Winston Brilliant Futures program, which targets youth ages 14-18, will introduce the Passport to Success (PTS) curriculum in two Bai Nian Vocational Schools (BNVS) in Beijing and Nanjing. BNVS teachers and staff are trained to effectively teach life and character skills and transform their classrooms into more engaging learning environments.
By June 2012, 120 youth will successfully complete the PTS program, which also includes self-confidence building, goal setting and financial literacy. Plans are underway for the program to expand to additional schools upon completion of the pilot. ■