Join the Kely Support Group
Where? 2/F East Wing, 12 Borrett Road, Central.
What? Established in 1991, Kely Support Group is a local charity that encourages self-help among young people through peer support. The group offers counselling, peer support programmes, e-mail hotline services ([email protected]), school workshops, and outreach projects for teenagers.
How? Call 2521 6890 for more information or visit www.kely.org to register. The group needs talented volunteers in all sorts of areas such as music, visual arts, drama, circus performance, hotline counselling, fund-raising, web design, sports and adventure activities. It also publishes a quarterly magazine called Match, which is edited and managed by a team of young people. Students who are interested in writing, reporting or design are welcome to join.
Teen volunteer: Rowan Thane, 16, is a student at the Australian International School. He has been teaching circus tricks and performing for Kely since September last year.
'I help out at Kely mainly in the circus department. I specialise in diabolo [a juggling trick that involves balancing or tossing a spool-shaped object on a string fastened to two sticks].
We do performances at schools and teach kids how to juggle or use different circus items. The age of students varies from about eight to 19. It's good as I get to interact with different age groups and improve my skills as a teacher.
Teaching little kids is hard. It involves a lot of energy so you have to be active and enthusiastic about everything you do.
Sometimes they can be quite hyperactive. I change from a 16-year-old into an eight-year-old. I act the way they do to try to let them understand what's going on. If they don't understand, I put it in their terms.
Apart from the circus stuff, the students learn how to have a sense of humour and take a joke.
We did a performance at my school when Jackie Chan came to speak. This was my best and most memorable time at Kely.
I have learned to perform in front of a large crowd without being nervous. I have also learnt how to interact with others in a friendly and inviting way. Above all, I have learnt more about myself and my hidden talents.
I am actually quite a nervous person and used to dislike performing. But I have, to a certain extent, overcome my shyness.
I still make mistakes, but it's okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.'