"As we all know, Tin Shui Wai is described as a 'pathetic' [part of] Hong Kong. Owing to its isolated location [and socio-economic standing], teenagers who live there may not have the opportunities of those living in wealthier places. My partners and I set up an NGO to help these teenagers. That's how Share started," Ng says.
Share functions as a bridge between secondary school students from districts such as Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long, Tai Po and Sham Shui Po, and some of Hong Kong's most renowned corporations, arranging summer internships there for them.
During their internships, students receive a HK$100 travelling and lunch stipend each day, and a British-chain store in Hong Kong sponsors the students' business attire.
"Setting up the internship programme not only gives students a chance to work at large companies, it makes them aware that they have the same opportunity as others. They are not excluded," Ng says.
She adds that as a result of their districts of origin, these students are generally lacking in confidence and consider themselves not as good as their peers from other districts. Some dare not even speak. The programme helps to boost their self-confidence, encouraging a "can-do" attitude, and giving them the practical opportunity to broaden their horizons.
The internship programme kicked off just as Share was being set up and can be credited with placing 30 students in internship positions across 10 corporations in Hong Kong to date. Ng has been pleased with the positive feedback from the recipient organisations. "The corporations have praised the students for their attitude, and have welcomed them back to work as interns next summer. Some of the firms will recruit students as full-time employees after they graduate from school."
These responses have encouraged Ng to work with additional companies, which in turn will allow more students to take up internships. "We hope to help double the number of students next summer," she says.