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Sunday, 18 December 2011

For the youth, by the youth

NGO for the youth, by the youth - Entrepreneur sets up group to inspire peers to succeed in life

 The Staronline

Going places: Shen (in blue) discussing plans with (from left) ACE Youth role model Lee Yvonne, 23, ACE Youth vice-president Allen Low, 24, and ACE Youth role model Jenvine Ong, 21, at Jaya One in Petaling Jaya >

PETALING JAYA: A group of youths has started a non-governmental organisation to inspire their peers to become successful individuals.

ACE Youth was set up three months ago by entrepreneur Shen Yee Aun, 24, who made it his mission after going through a low point in his life last year.

“The aim of ACE Youth is to empower and develop youths to become successful in life. It is also to develop their talents according to our 10 pillars of strength,” he said.

The pillars include leadership, networking, talent development, entrepreneurship, entertainment and lifestyle.

Shen said he was at the peak of his life, earning RM40,000 a month as a successful tuition teacher and freelance motivational speaker last year.

“However, I fell in love with the wrong girl. Things did not work out with her and I was in a bad state,” he said, adding that his earnings dwindled to RM600 a month.

“I told myself that if I were to get back on my feet again, I would do something to help youths realise their potential and stop them from taking the wrong path,” he said, adding that this then drove him to come up with ACE Youth.

He said the organisation would come up with a programme featuring nine “role models” to inspire youths to contribute to society.

“The role models will consist of young women who are successful in their careers and popular on social networking sites,” Shen said.

The organisation will also launch a website next month to share inspirational stories and motivate youths to achieve their dreams.

“On Thursday, we will be organising an event called Rise of Youth Nation to celebrate youth rights,” he said, adding that it would be held at G-Six, The Gardens at Kuala Lumpur.

ACE Youth is open to youths aged between 15 and 30.

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