What is Street Team?
Street Team is an initiative by Elephant Community Press that takes learning out of the classroom and into the world.
How do we do this?
Through community learning projects that bring together people from all over Hong Kong. We believe in building opportunities for people to learn from and support one another with the resources they have to give, be that skills and talent, time or money.
Spring 2017: Hong Kong Farm to Table
Applications are now open for our Spring 2017 community journalism project.
Target Students: Students in Hong Kong ages 15-17 interested in learning journalism skills and participating in a community service project (maximum 12 students). Preference is for students with bilingual English/Cantonese skills, with Chinese writing skills also an asset, but English-only students will also be considered.
What: A maximum of 12 students will partner to develop interviewing and photography skills over 9 weeks of classroom workshops interwoven with two on-site visits and two on-site interviews. Each pair will interview two different subjects involved in the Farm to Table movement in Hong Kong. The transcripts and notes from these interviews will be written up in English to create profiles of different local food producers. The skill building workshops will be led by students in the Master’s of Journalism programme at Hong Kong Baptist University as an internship opportunity, supervised and supported by their professor, Robin Ewing. At the end of April or early May, the Street Team project will culminate in a final exhibition of the profiles.
- Encourage students to engage in the community in a variety of ways including partnered work across communities, both with each other and with interviewees
- Demonstrate the power of learning experiences that reach beyond the classroom and out into the local community.
- Provide guidelines and tools for journalistic interviewing and profile writing
- Draw on a multimedia approach to literacy (Workshop will include photos and possibly other multimedia elements)
- Exhibit work in a public space to share the stories collected with the greater community
When: February – April 2017
- 9-week course for 2 hours/week (Mondays 5:00-7:00pm) PLUS
- 2 on-site visits and 2 on-site interviews to be scheduled with your partner
Where: Elephant Community Press, Unit #704, 6-8 Pottinger Street, Central and site visits at interviewees’ places of business
Commitment and skills required by students:
- Ages 15-17
- Bilingual Cantonese / English skills preferred
- Proficiency in writing Chinese is an asset
- Available for all of 9 sessions Monday after school (5:00-7:00pm) from 13th February to 24th April, 2 on-site visits and 2 on-site interviews
- Interested in writing, journalism, documenting community stories, collaborating with peers outside their school
- Able to show initiative; must be collaborative and responsible
- Willing to represent ECP in this community project
- Other expectations: must cover own transportation costs
- Cost: $500 contribution to support the exhibition costs (Students/schools can apply to ECP for a program subsidy to cover this cost)
- Jan 27: Application deadline
- Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 24: 9 classes at ECP
- End of April/early May: Exhibition opening event
Spring 2015: Beyond the Storefront
Stories Among Us: History Retold
Hong Kong Senior Profiles Project: Community journalism for students aged 15-17
ECP + Baptist University Dept of Journalism + Chung Hok Social Centre for the Elderly + HKYWCA Cheng Pon Hing Care & Attention Home for the Elderly
Elephant Community Press is pleased to announce a two-week community exhibition, “Stories Among Us: History Retold” to be held at Culture Club Gallery (15 Elgin Street) in Central from May 27 to June 9, 2013. The exhibition will feature portraits and profiles of eight Hong Kong seniors, written and photographed by 15- to 17-year-old students from local and international schools across Hong Kong.
A reception for the exhibition will be held on May 31, 2013 from 6-8pm with remarks from the participants and a chance to meet the Hong Kong seniors profiled in the exhibition.
The exhibition is the culmination of an eight-week Community Journalism project organised by Elephant Community Press. Secondary students from a variety of Hong Kong schools were invited to participate in this service learning project, facilitated by Master’s students from Hong Kong Baptist University’s Department of Journalism and with the guidance of their professors Robin Ewing and Dean C.K. Cox. The students learned techniques and skills of community journalism, collaborated with students from other schools, and interviewed elderly members of the Hong Kong community to capture and share their stories.
The seniors interviewed and profiled in this exhibition were drawn from two different centres supporting the elderly in Hong Kong, the Women’s Welfare Club Western District Hong Kong Chung Hok Social Centre for the Elderly on Bridges Street in Sheung Wan and the HKYWCA Cheng Pon Hing Care & Attention Home for the Elderly at Lei Tung Estate in Ap Lei Chau.
HKYWCA Cheng Pon Hing Care & Attention Home for the Elderly has offered residential care facilities for the elderly since 1997 and supports individuals aged 65 and over with allocation through the Social Welfare Department.
Chung Hok Social Centre for the Elderly provides services for senior citizens aged 60 and over in Central and Western District to help them develop their potential, establish a positive self-image, increase self-confidence and promote a spirit of community support. The centre organises a variety of activities, interest groups and events, as well as offering personal health and referral services.
To RSVP for the opening event on May 31, click here.
EnVision It: Creative Writing and Photography
ECP + Vision First + Canadian International School of Hong Kong
In Spring 2012, ECP launched Street Team with an eight-week creative writing and photography workshop in collaboration with Vision First and the Canadian International School of Hong Kong.
Over the course of the workshop, students from Canadian International School and the Hong Kong refugee community met for two hours each week, listening, learning and creating together. With cameras and pens in hand, they explored the themes of self, family, community and dreams; they shared experiences and bounced ideas off their partners; and they experimented with different ways of expressing their thoughts and feelings. Every week, laughter filled the classroom, and friendships seemed to linger in the halls for hours after.
The project culminated in the publication of EnVision It, a collection of student work sold to benefit Vision First and its programmes to support refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong. ECP designed and facilitated the workshop pro bono, Vision First recruited participants, and CDNIS sponsored the printing costs for the book. Together, we invite readers of this book to share our vision of community and to get a glimpse of Hong Kong through the eyes of nine of its youth.
To order a copy of the book and support Vision First, click here.
Partner with Us!
Individuals or organisations interested in collaborating with us on a Street Team project as a participant, facilitator, sponsor or beneficiary are welcome to contact us.
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