what we do
Almost one-half the world’s population is 25 years old or younger. Ready or not, they will lead our world into the future. Members of Generation Y (Millennials born between 1984-2000) and Generation Z (Centennials
born between 2001-2018) are hungry to change the world.
NextGen aims to empower them to go out and do so by creating and building a community around these young people where they can learn from each other, become friends and also go out and change the world.
Why mentorship matters
We believe that by investing in the next generation of women and men we are helping to shape the architects of a better tomorrow.
Mentoring can open doors, inspire, support and encourage people to realise their potential and to achieve their dreams.
Mentors can make a profound difference in the lives of their mentee – and in turn, strengthen our communities, economy, and drive social change.
The “Glass Ceiling” Is Still an Invisible Barrier Preventing Women from Reaching the Top 6
The Percentage of Women in Senior Roles Is Declining Globally
In 2016–2017, women represented just over a third (38.4%) of all managers in Australia.
Nearly Half of Indian Women Leave the Workforce Between Junior and Middle Management Levels
In Japan, in 2018, just 5% of senior roles were held by women.
In the US, there are fewer women in leadership positions than there are men named John
It’s no secret that women have still not broken the glass ceiling, in some countries, they are still far away from even reaching it. With these shocking statistics and first-hand experience of the corporate world, our founder set the goal to change the status quo. Many women are still not empowered and need help. Help from other women, peers and corporate partners.
We offer a women-only community within NextGen Network called NextGen Women Network to help female students find their voice with the hopes that one day when they’re on top of the career ladder they will remember to send the lift down.
education & workshops
At the heart of NextGen Network is the belief that education is the pathway to success. Many students in Hong Kong lack basic soft-skills and basic career education such as “How to write a CV” or “How to shake a hand”. We are passionate about changing the status quo and helping schools and educators to reach the students by understanding their needs and also speaking their language.
We want to show students in Hong Kong and beyond that, there’s more to learn in life beyond your standard school and university hours. We strongly believe that (basic) education should be free and accessible to everyone and with every fifth person in Hong Kong close to or below the poverty line all of our services including workshops will always be free for students.
It all started when Belinda met with high school student Nana in 2016 to discuss life, universities and beyond. Belinda found that there was no network in Hong Kong that connects high school girls from all schools (local and international) with women from all paths in life who the girls can consider as a “big sister” and so NextGen Women Network was born. NWN is more than just a mentoring network for high school girls – it’s a community of women helping and learning from each other.
From there NextGen Women Network has evolved to become NextGen Network – a network and community for all high school and university students in Hong Kong. We are very passionate about empowering (young) women and NextGen Women Network will still remain under the NextGen umbrella. In addition, we created NextGen Men Network – a mentoring community for boys and young men in Hong Kong and beyond.