There are few things nobler than helping someone achieve their true potential. I find volunteering rewarding. It enables me to be a part of the community and make a positive contribution.
– Clive Ellul Hawthorn, Vice President at INTO Global
Clive first started his career in the travel industry. While being fluent in 4 different languages, he ventured into various roles across the regions. As a firm believer in the potential of youths driving positive changes, Clive began looking for volunteer opportunities that matched his interests. “Volunteering is a way to build that support network for individuals who need it, to strengthen the fabric of society and give something back to those who need it the most.” says Clive. When he learnt about Halogen’s cause, that was the moment when stars aligned in what Clive was looking for. He eventually joined as a corporate volunteer for Halogen’s NFTE and Mentorship programs early this year, where he helped to shape the future of our society, workforce and economy.
As a mentor, Clive constantly makes an effort to get to know his students personally, such as what drives them, excites them and what goals they are currently pursuing. According to Clive, the most rewarding part of mentoring is witnessing the progress of his mentees and being aware of the role he is playing to support their personal growth. “The best mentors are sounding boards for their mentees, they are willing to help individuals cultivate a sense of purpose and direction that can help them navigate their way through life.” Clive adds. With his active listening skills and willingness to share his personal stories, it has helped many youths gain insights about themselves, and have a glimpse at their own potential and how to utilize them.
Clive has one piece of advice for those who have not volunteered. “You don’t have to have years of experience to help someone achieve their potential.” By adopting this mindset, he has embraced the spirit of volunteering and encourages others to do the same. Through Halogen’s NFTE and Mentorship programmes, our volunteers act as enablers for youths to discover about themselves and gain insights into the real world by learning about different perspectives and valuable industry experiences.
If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of youths, join us as a volunteer here!