King’s Academy student Yining Wang ’22 and his team won first place in the annual Public Benefit International Challenge for Youth (PBICY) Competition that took place in Beijing last week. Although Wang is currently quarantined in a hotel in Amman before returning to King’s for the start of the school year, he managed to participate online in the final round of the competition and help his team take home the gold medal.
The PBICY Competition aims to build closer ties with Africa by challenging Chinese youth between the ages of 10 and 17 to come up with innovative ideas to solve societal problems. This year, under the theme “zero hunger, good health, quality education and gender equality,” 12 teams made it to the final round where they pitched their proposals for projects that tackle issues such as medical care, clean water and gender equality.
Wang’s winning proposal aims to tackle female unemployment in Kenya by providing vocational training to orphaned girls between the ages of 14 and 18 living in Nairobi to furnish them with marketable skills. The training includes courses on basic skills such as sewing, cooking and computer skills. Additionally, the project will support the young women taking specialized courses at local training centers.
“We only have three team members and I am the captain, so I was sorry not to be with my team in person at the final stage,” says Wang. “I tried my best to help them prepare and practice for the presentation and questions in the battle round. They did so well, I’m so proud of them. I also recorded a video of myself introducing our team and the project, so I was able to be there in that way.”
Wang, who is captain of his team the Green Leaves Volunteers, has been passionate about community service for most of his life. In 2016, he established the Green Leaves Volunteers and has since gathered and donated tens of thousands of used books and clothes to villages and schools in China. In the summer of 2019, Wang spent three weeks working as a volunteer teacher at an orphanage in Nairobi, which inspired him to develop the project proposal that won the PBICY Competition. In addition to developing the proposal, Wang managed to raise almost US $12,000 in funds to implement the project, more than double their planned budget. With the extra funds, Wang and his team plan to start by providing the orphanage with food and basic essentials that they are lacking due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Public Benefit International Challenge for Youth