Voices from community
Marina, Partner and Educator from SKH OTMC
As a participant: I think I really enjoyed the learning, because those learning was quite difficult. Although I knew it, I was not aware of it, e.g. self-care, how to approach my own child, how to self-reflect. All these I knew but I seldom do it practically. This course made me adware and made me start implementing in my own life. As an Educator: I had a full conviction about the course, so I took another step of being the educator. Being an educator is more intensive than a learner. As a new seedling as an educator.
The gap in the community whereby we lack intensive training for safety, it was always in the back of mind. The course is very demanding. To change and enhance their life, their relationships, mental health and self-care, it addressed the 360 of a person. After the intensive course is done, it is not a one-day supervisory level program, with the follow up actions.
One of the pakistani mothers shared about the mental health issues of her daughter with Dr. L in class. Despite all the stereotypes, the other seeked help.
Janet, Coordinator from Health In Action
The SEED Course has addressed some hidden needs of the community. One of the very memorable sharing by the kids is that she now knows how to react when she was being followed, that she would tell a trusted adult about it. The SEED Course has provided the young people with solutions to some dangerous scenarios, which is very practical and helpful when they are at risk.
The SEED Course allows ladies (both mothers and kids) to have a better ownership of their body, and for boys to be more respectful to others including their family members and friends. Some girls would have put themselves in a subordinate position when it comes to ownership of their body, however, the SEED Course let them know that their body belongs to them and they have the rights to say "no" to unpleasant touches.
I think this is important for the Ethnic Minority community here as this is not mentioned at home or within the community. Although there wasn't a lot of participants in the first round, those who came to the class could spread the idea of ownership of one's body to other members of the community. We believe that the influence from peers works best for community change.
I hope that more families from the community will see the importance of caring and loving yourself. The changes we see from some of the kids – for instance, being more respectful to others and protecting themselves from unpleasant touches - could cast a big impact on their personal growth. Thus, I hope that more kids can attend the course and take up a mentor role in their social circle. I hope that a loving atmosphere within the Ethnic Minority community can be built in the future
Dr Czarina, Be Priceless's Founding Director
What we do and how we do it in Be Priceless is what I wish for myself as a child, for all children, and for all living beings - to grow up feeling cherished, self-valued, healthy, safe, and strongly rooted.
Growing our community garden has been a journey full of tests and celebrations for our commitment to live with love, to embrace challenges, while believing in our shared hope and actions for our children and their future generations to flourish.
Nature and our diverse community have inspired me to understand deeply into the complexity of needs to thrive and to develop solutions that nourish our interconnectedness.
The growth journey of our team and our community has expanded our capacities to nurture the multi-dimensions of individual transformation and of our interconnected root systems.
I look forward to our abundant flourishing together.
Jason, Be Priceless's Director/ Co-Director
Shelly, Be Priceless's Co-leader for well-being and child protection
My journey with Be Priceless has been magical. It all began in 2017 for me, when I was approached to contribute resources and information on building the Social Emotional aspect of the organisation. From being a volunteer to an educator and well-being lead to child protection lead to learning from each and every member of the team- it has been a life changing experience.
I have made close lifelong friendships, seen growth, seen things move at the speed of light, experienced moments that have empowered and humbled me at the same time. Be Priceless is not just an organisation- it is an energy that has the power to move mountains and the calmness and patience to allow seeds of trust and knowledge to grow.
Rachel, Be Priceless's Educator
Before I join the Be Priceless family in July 2022, I was a kindergarten teacher at a local school. During the fifth wave of covid-19 outbreak in March 2022, face-to-face classes were suspended at schools and I had a lot of time to rethink my purpose in the education field. That was when I found Be Priceless. For the first time in my teaching career, I feel like I have finally found a purpose as I have the power to empower not only children, but also everyone in the community.
Working at Be Priceless is a very special and enriching experience for me. I feel like I have found a community garden that allows me to be myself, to take care of others, and also being taken care of. I treasure and believe in the values of Be Priceless and I am confident to say that me and the team are making an impact in the community. The part of me that felt like missing is fulfilled by the wonderful gardeners and seedings I have met along the way. We are all priceless and limitless and no one can take that away from us.
Albee, Be Priceless's Educator
回想起自己剛開始接觸Be Priceless的時候，我是一位志願者，幫忙做中文翻譯的。那時候，創辦人梁醫生告訴Be Priceless 相信在這個世界每一位兒童都應該在一個健康和安全的環境下成長。後來，很榮幸的受到梁醫生的邀請擔任Be Priceless的教師。正式開展了我為社區作出貢獻的旅程！
Cho Yi, Be Priceless's Educator
I started my growing journey at Be Priceless in August 2022. I have always had a passion to serve children and families in the community. I am grateful that I can be part of the Be Priceless family to work with my awesome team members who share the same vision and mission to serve others. We all believe in the holistic approach in empowering families’ growth, well-being and safety with a loving heart.
It is amazing to see how children and families from different background to grow and flourish together. Apart from teaching and sharing in SEED courses, I am also able to experience this growing journey by recognizing how we are all connected together as a community and how we can make a difference in other’s life, including ours. Let’s build a stronger community and flourish together
Olivia, Be Priceless's Educator
I started volunteering at Be Priceless from November 2021. I have always had the calling to serve the community, and I am proud to be part of Be Priceless’ Team. During my journey with Be Priceless, I have taught SEED courses to children and caregivers from diverse backgrounds, including the ethnic minorities living in Hong Kong. As an Indonesian, I have also had the opportunity to serve the Indonesian community in Hong Kong. It was a humbling and fulfilling experience that I will always cherish in my life. All Be Priceless materials were created by professionals from different fields and the community. Focusing on growth, well-being, and safety, the materials are so precious that I myself have learned much. The skills taught are integral to our life. I started to acknowledge my emotions, do self-care, and prepare for safety. I have also become a more confident parent. All Be Priceless team members believe in our materials. We don’t just teach the materials, but we believe and practice them. Cheers to more exciting journeys ahead!
Janaki, Be Priceless's Educator
My Seed journey started at Be Priceless from August , 2022. Having worked with children and parents before, i had always wanted to work more for the community especially children . It had been a wonderful opportunity and experience to work with such a fabulous team where we all share the same vision of growth, well-being and safety for whole community. I have been fortunate to be able to teach children and caregivers from mixed diversities and see them all flourish . The SEED course has not only provided me happiness and satisfaction as an educator, but it has personally been enlightening journey as a mother too. The skills we share and teach here are really life changing. I really look forward to continue this journey by connecting more people and expanding our community garden . Happy flourishing to all !!!
Daphne, Be Priceless's Operations Manager
My journey has really been fantastic and the opportunities I’ve been given I am incredibly grateful for – they are tapping into all the skills that I have brought with me from previous jobs: team-working skills; communications; and. I’ve experienced a fast journey over the last 4 months and I feel really lucky to have had such an all-round involvement in the community.
Remember, you are priceless and limitless!
Alanna, a 10 year-old intern
I would never have been able to imagine what having an internship at Be Priceless would be like. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had. Like a web to a spider, or a wand to a wizard, Be priceless has become a very important part of me. For others, Be Priceless and its team is just one of the other non-profit NGOs, but to me,10 I see the Be Priceless team as some sort of a family to each other. Every seedling, every staff, every volunteer is special in their own way, so we shouldn’t expect people to be exactly the same, even if they are similar.
The team has to work together to reach Be Priceless’s dream: Well-being and safety for all.
I didn’t really like trying new things before I took the SEED course and joined Be Priceless. But then I realized that I was just afraid of getting things wrong. After the SEED course, I learned to embrace my imperfections and that it’s okay to not get things right sometimes.
Sometimes, I feel weak, and that I can’t do anything, but then I remember back to those lessons, and think, “No, I’m NOT weak, and I CAN do some things.” Be Priceless has had a great impact on my life. Not just having a positive attitude, but also, I feel more confident and happy each morning when I wake up. I used to look out the window to see it was raining and go, “Are you kidding me? Now I can’t go to the park!” But now, I see the rain as a blessing to all plants, helping them shoot up and grow stronger, taller, and deepen their roots further into the ground.
Everyone has mistakes and problems in their lives, but I think that that’s just a part of growing, learning, and knowing what not to repeat.
Now that I think back to the first time I helped Be Priceless with some integration, I feel good about helping out. For some people, mistakes are not to be tolerated, and everyone should be absolutely perfect. Not to me. To me, everyone is allowed to grow and learn at their own pace, taking their time to sink their roots deeper into the soil and reaching for the sun. When you have a positive mindset, sometimes you feel unstoppable. That the sky’s the limit and you have so much to share with others that you burst with happiness.
I’m especially grapeful for getting to experience this amazing new life and have this exciting and educational journey alongside the rest of the team.
One last thing I want to say: Remember that you are Priceless and Limitless!
Nychole, a 14 year-old intern
In April of 2021, I had the opportunity to participate in the SEED course, where I learnt valuable aspects of growing and staying safe. An aspect of growth I experienced after the course was being able to put into words the methods to stay safe and make good decisions. During the course, we were also introduced to different ‘superpowers’ in a person which fosters their growth and development. A superpower that was quite impactful towards me is having a growth mindset, especially towards academics. Prior to learning about it, I didn’t have the best mentality when I was under academic stress, and would usually cram all my schoolwork. With the understanding of having a growth mindset rather than a fixed one, I was able to face my problems more confidently, and learnt to accept the situation while striving to improve. Another superpower I decided to start developing is curiosity, as it made me realize how much more aware and in tune with possibilities I could be when trying to understand things on a deeper level. For instance, I am more curious towards the different perspectives of the people around me, which allowed me to understand how certain situations affect people in several was.
Lastly, I also had the opportunity to help out as an intern during the summer. During that period, I was able to see the amount of thought put into how younger people can effectively understand how to stay safe and have a meaningful learning experience. The discussions on how to make the courses engaging and helpful for the children further showed me the great amount of consideration put into creating the course. Overall, the course allowed me to gain insight on how I should lead my life, and taught me the importance of fostering my growth.
Tom Lau, a 20 year-old intern
During this fabulous SEED journey, I had wonderful experiences working with multisectorial professionals, who are all fully committed to serving the community. My volunteering work started in September 2022, and I am mainly responsible for community engagement. It was great fun to work with my mentor, Choyi, on the social media team. We worked together to create social media content and other materials. I can deeply feel the passion and the warm, caring atmosphere in this workplace. I remember Dr. Leung mentioned the community garden, where every one of us could grow and flourish while we can plant plants and help others to grow and flourish.
My experience in Be Priceless is wonderful and fruitful, not only I have opened my eyesight into the field of NGO work, but I have also achieved personal growth in terms of having a more mature mindset. Especially when I am working on social media posts where audiences may have different backgrounds and experience different difficulties. It is important as a medical student and a future doctor to understand the importance of empathy and try thinking from the perspective of our patients and the community.
To conclude, my internship at Be Priceless is a life-changing experience, I believe the things I have learned at Be Priceless can help me become a better doctor and a better person in general. Looking forward to continuing to serve the community in the near future.
Josephine Yu, a 21 year-old intern
I started volunteering at Be Priceless since September 2022 and my internship lasted for 3 months. I have gained a lot in this placement, as well as meeting a group of wonderful people who are so committed to serving the community. I was given the opportunity to try a variety of things, from designing posters, editing videos, creating community reports, to helping with impact assessment and situational analysis. These practical and diverse experiences could hardly be earned from school or daily life. I am really grateful to be part of Be Priceless which allows me explore more of my potentials and expand my abilities.
Apart from the gains in personal skills, I also learned mental and social well-being are equally important as physical wellness. Listening to the sharings from our participants, I had an insight into the concerns and difficulties faced by ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups. Moreover, I understood that all people are connected, regardless of age, gender or backgrounds. We all have emotions and face similar challenges.
All in all, my journey at Be Priceless is fabulous and fruitful. I hope to stay passionate with serving the community and doing goods to society.
Layana, a 17 year-old intern
My journey at Be Priceless began in 2019. Dr. Leung invited me to provide voice overs for animations, as well as design a brochure for youth and children on the topic of personal safety. I instantaneously knew that Be Priceless would be an organisation I would constantly be working with in years future, whatever the objectives may be.
In 2022, with a much more developed set of qualifications and an acquisition of new skills, I joined Be Priceless as a Youth Intern for approximately a month's time. Having already worked on and ran mental health and well-being projects in the past, I knew my skill set would be best put to use under that umbrella. I then took on the task of creating a mental health website which would provide free resources and strategies to maintain well-being for those who may not be able to access this sort of information for whatever reason.
By getting an opportunity to sit in at the office and work from there, I was able to get a taste of the level of teamwork that is required in an organisation. I got an opportunity to hear a myriad of ideas being bounced amongst the team and how they were able to come to conclusions and work through them effectively. I was also able to witness interviewing procedures and gained a deeper appreciation for office management.
I am grateful for the opportunity and the guidance and I look forward to continuing being a part of Be Priceless.
Anna, intern and previous-consultant
Imagine being on a sailboat alone. Crossing the ocean in mist, and white is all you can sea. You feel confused, and maybe a little lost. Days, weeks or maybe months have passed, and nothing has changed. Suddenly, not far from where we are at, we see a lighthouse. The lighthouse is guiding you through the mist, to somewhere. Maybe to your destination, or maybe somewhere temporary for you. But surely a better place than being stuck, than not making any progress. I’m sure everyone has had this feeling, of being lost, fearing for uncertainties, or not trusting in general. For me, the lighthouse that I saw was Be Priceless. Throughout the journey with Be Priceless, I am more than grateful to say, I found myself.
Throughout the internship, I worked with several youth volunteers, they are all so inspiring and empowering. It was at that moment I felt something special in me, that was when I committed 120% to our team. I remember having so much fun with the volunteers, doing something different every other day. With me being the oldest volunteer, of 19 years old, and the youngest volunteer being 9 years old, we had so much fun and were exposed to so so much opportunities to grow. Age is just a number, we each hold so much potential in us. We all have limitless power to grow, a growth mindset is what unlocks the potential we hold.
It would be bold for me to say that I know and have found my purpose, but I’m sure that I am doing something right. To me, we empower children's sustainable growth, well-being, and safety, for them to drive and motivate themselves from the within. We amplify children’s voices to be heard, and to create an equitable, a well and safe environment for all families. So! What’s your purpose? I found myself durian the journey, I am berry grapeful to be part of the team. Come join us, there are melons of raisins for you to experience the SEED journey, it will apple-solutely leave you peachless. Wish everyone a fruitful time and always remember, you are priceless and limitless.
Jing Xi, a 23 year-old intern
My journey at Be Priceless started in January 2023. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity to learn from and work with the fabulous multisectoral team members to serve the community. I had the opportunity to try lots of new things during this internship, including the first time dealing with real-life data, helping with qualitative analysis, designing posters and booklets, translating, and witnessing the life-changing SEED courses. I do enjoy the valuable time here with all the team members.
This experience not only enabled me to learn practical skills but also enhanced my life skills of personal growth and well-being. I become more willing and more confident to try and communicate with people. Before this internship, I was always afraid to try new things. However, in this warm and encouraging environment, I realized that things are not as difficult as I thought and I should take the first step to learn and practice them. Besides, by listening to the sharing of the participants, I got the chance to know their understanding and needs of children’s growth, well-being, and safety. I understood that all people have different experiences and concerns, from which I learned to think from various perspectives, especially when designing health communication materials.
Overall, my experience at Be Priceless is wonderful and life-changing. I am growing into a better person rapidly during the three months. I believe that this experience will help me to grow with a positive mindset and serve the community for inclusive, equitable, and regenerative flourishing. Thanks everyone!
David Yuen, a 21 year-old intern
I am incredibly grateful to be involved in Be Priceless team. The team was always welcoming
and supportive from the get-go, which contributed a huge part in fostering a positive
environment for communication. During our collaboration, I felt the commitments of all
colleagues from multi-professional perspectives. We has worked constructively, creatively,
as well as critically. Be Priceless’s diverse and inclusive working culture are huge highlights
distinct from others.
With high level of autonomy, I was given opportunities to work on a wide variety of
projects, from creating social media gimmicks to developing course materials to
participating in SEED course. Each challenged me in a fresh and exciting ways. They also
gave me a well-rounded experience to serve the youth and caregiver in the community.
Together we flourish the future of our society.
It has been a rewarding and rich internship here at Be Priceless. I will carry the insights and
experience along my healthcare career as a future pharmacist. Wish more can come and
enjoy this transformative process with Dr. Leung and her team!
Yi Fan, a 24 year-old intern
It is an honor for me to be a part of the SEED journey. I have observed a welcoming and encouraging environment of teamwork at Be Priceless. The phrase "We before me" particularly inspired me. Every team member prioritizes working as a team.
I started my internship in March 2023, and I was mainly responsible for assessing the SEED impact. My supervisor Janaki in the research group taught me a lot about data analysis, creating reports, and using statistical techniques. She always guided me patiently and assisted me in proofreading my work. The other team members were equally kind in sharing their professional experiences. I was also encouraged to participate in focus group interview, edit voiceover, and create posters, all of which helped me to develop my abilities.
The 'growth mindset' was what stood out to me most about the SEED program. Instead than defaulting that they cannot do, everyone should continuously explore and challenge themselves. It was not only enlightening me for study public health, but it also helped me grow individually and inspired me to set my academic and professional objectives. In addition, I was moved by the children's and parents' excitement for the SEED program. I was touched to see from the assessment findings and feedback that they had learned risk reduction strategies and had put them into practice.
In conclusion, the time at Be Priceless solidified my decision to pursue a profession in public health and encouraged and inspired me to continue working to improve the health of the community after I graduate.
Rakshita Sharma, intern at Be Priceless
I had an amazing experience with Be Priceless.
I started my internship here in February 2023. During my internship, I got an
opportunity to assist with SEED Courses conducted by Be Priceless. I appreciated the
organization’s commitment to supporting human development, well-being, and safety
through education and making our community more welcoming, encouraging, and
My personal and professional development was greatly impacted by this experience.
It was an enlightening professional experience that I can apply to my professional
career in many ways. Be Priceless allowed me to do a wide range of activities such as
assisting with Impact assessments and making community reports. I was able to
develop my skills, design my days creatively and explore more of my potential, for
which I am incredibly grateful.
I would like to express my gratitude to my co-workers for giving me the opportunity to
work as an intern at Be Priceless. I was inspired by the passion and dedication of the
people I worked with. Being a member of such a wonderful organization has
profoundly impacted both my personal and professional progress, and I am grateful for
the experience. Thank you, Be Priceless, for such a wonderful opportunity!