OWN Academy is a movement to empower our youth to be changemakers of the future.
We are the 21st-century talent discovery platform, connecting young people to inspirational mentors and industries through our career oriented experiences and events. With a strong network of experts, students, schools, and parents, we foster an ecosystem of learning that bridges the classroom and the real world.
OWN Future Fair
Inter-school Real World Learning Program
June / July / August 2020
Young Changemaker Summer Camp
June / July / August 2020
Career Exploration / Student Consultancy
Junior Real World Learning: Be Your OWN Comedian
July – Aug 2019
Summer Internship Program
Junior Real World Learning: Be Your OWN Designer
AIS Infinity Program
INDUSTRIES AND SCHOOLS
We partner with industry leaders to design experiences, skills training programs, mentorship and internship matching that deliver exposure, knowledge and applicable 21st-century skills to students of diverse backgrounds.
Helped me to understand how the professional world works
I met Karen Wong, the cofounder and communications director of On Air Collective, through the program organised by OWN Academy. She was one of the speakers at the event and I was very intrigued by her work and her words and thus I decided to introduce myself and ask if there was an internship opportunity in her company available for me. Thankfully they were accepting interns [...] Through working in both a marketing company and a magazine/ media outlet I was able to see both sides of the media industry which helped me a lot to understand how this professional world works. By working in a real life company I was also able to gain maturity and become more assertive and responsible of my actions and creative decisions. Through my work I was able to understand a lot of the logistics which go into these jobs which will be very helpful to me in the future.
Vanshika, American International School Student, Interned at On Air Collective through OWN Academy
Experience an innovative form of education
“[My children] would accomplish much more if they could experience an innovative form of education, that prepares them for the future in this new world and new professions. I researched for days trying to find a rich experience and fortunately I found OWN Academy and Natalie. My kids are interested in medicine field, so Natalie designed a specific program and they had the opportunity to meet and speak to people that are really changing our world for good. Doctors, researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs, media people and many others. They visited leading institutions such as Hong Kong Science and Technology University and Queen Mary hospital, visited many labs that create tomorrow's technologies that will impact the world. This experience unveiled a new world of options and paths that they can follow to be successful as professionals and human beings.”
Marcelo Lamas, Father of 13 and 16 yr olds, Brazil
Learning in context
Royce enjoyed the OWN Junior Summer program [Junior Real World Learning]- he loves to visit architects and other co-working offices. OWN Academy provides education in different spaces, takes children to field trips and allows children to share his opinions. I believe these are important methods to educate new generations. As a parent, I appreciated all children's presentation at the end of the program.
Vivian Li, parent of 6-year-old student in Junior Real World Learning: Environments/Spatial Design 2019
Most rewarding learning experiences
“Interning with OWN Academy has undoubtedly been one of the most rewarding learning experiences that I have had at university. The opportunity to work in such a promising start-up has allowed me to develop skills crucial for the working world and really challenge myself in a way that has been both rewarding and enjoyable. This role coupled with Natalie's contagious passion, energy and unflappable desire to make a difference has made for an unforgettable experience and I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity.”
Aishling, 21 yrs old, Business and Political Science Student, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
This is an experience I will never forget.
"I did my first internship through the end of year program at AIS. In fact, I met someone through one of my teachers [industry mentors at the Real World Learning Week program with OWN Academy], that helped me meet someone else, who eventually got me my internship[...] I worked under Andre Kwok, one of the co-founders of the Future City Summit. This is an experience which I can never forget. I was able to meet nearly 100 delegates from 38 countries and learn about their ideas and goals, and have discussions and conversations with them[...] I got a taste of what it feels to talk to people who may not share the same views with you, could be difficult to deal with or just generally are not people you would meet in an everyday situation. Internships are great for utilising what you learn in school and even more useful because you learn things you don't learn in school."
Mir, American International School Student, interned at Future City Summit 2018 through OWN Academy
Able to provide the real world scenario…at such a young age
“My daughter took the trip to Cartoon Network and she loved the hands on experience that Natalie was able to provide for her. She worked on a deadline to create a commercial that will air on social media for the Cartoon Network. Not only that, she got to pitch it to the President of the company. This was an experience that many college age students would love to have and Natalie was able to provide the real world scenario to my daughter at such a young age. OWN Academy provided an amazing experience for my daughter!”
Tim Lange, Father of 12 yrs old, Hong Kong International School
Wasn’t a regular school
“My brother and I are both interested in the medical field. When our father, Marcelo said we were going to study in Hong Kong I almost had a heart attack! I was on vacation in Brazil and I can't say I love school because I don't believe their method is efficient enough and teach us what is to be a citizen of the world. I searched about OWN Academy with my brother and we saw it wasn't a regular school, then my father told us we were not going to be studying with books, but by meeting different people and hearing their experiences and getting to know the inside of the science and medicine field. It was a great experience, we visited lots of interesting places and talked to many different people and the lessons we learned we will sure take them to life.”
Isabela Lamas, 16 yrs old, Brazil
A treasurable experience to learn beyond the school curriculum for kids
Cliff Lee, father of 11-year-old student in Junior Real World Learning: Environments/Spatial Design 2019