Participant Interviews: Rebecca Lee
Why did you participate in the bootcamp?
I’ve seen many boot camps that focus on entrepreneurship and leadership, but this boot camp is definitely among the very few (if not only) that included social entrepreneurship as its core themes. I am truly inspired and amazed at how the organisers aim to instil social values among youth leaders and would like to be part of it.
Tell me a little about your winning idea and what you hope to see beyond the bootcamp.
My team DenDoo were given a task to help YOKUK (A foundation for the disabled and underprivileged) to increase its volunteer base. Our idea is to create a streamlined volunteer management system through an online recruitment platform and data management system. I hope our ideas will become reality and create an impact to YOKUK by achieving its goal.
How has design thinking and the overall bootcamp changed your approach/view in solving problems?
I have learned to use design thinking for more creative and innovative ideas. I learn to structure my thoughts and approach to a scenario more systematically, it definitely saves me a lot of unnecessary effort!
What have you benefitted most from participating in the bootcamp? Or, what have you taken away from the bootcamp that you haven't picked up at university?
This boot camp allows me to go beyond ideation phase to put plan into practice. As part of the winning teams, I get to implement my ideas and along the journey, I acquired soft skills like people management and negotiation skills that were not taught in the university.
How has this bootcamp changed your view (for better or for worse, there are no wrong opinions!) about community/social work in Malaysia?
Through this boot camp, I realised that the value of contributing to our community, whether its through social work or other channels, is not instilled in the young Malaysians. In my education, community work has always been an assignment/obligation that I had to fulfil my requirements. I did not see the impact of my work and develop any compassion. In my humble opinion, the social work scene in Malaysia is optimistic with more emphasis since young age.
What do you hope to go on to do after this? (The bootcamp, your studies...the general future)
Apart from helping YOKUK to achieve its goal of increasing volunteers, I hope that this idea if successful, will become a reference model for other NGOs to develop their volunteer management system to create a nationwide volunteer movement. Personally, I hope to be involved in different areas of a charity organisations and further develop my passion for community work!