Name: Jae Ah Shin
Volunteer institution: SK SUNNY
Duration: February 2017 – February 2018
Q: Why and how did you apply for this volunteer activity?
I applied for SK SUNNY Social Enterprise Supporting Team with an expectation of gaining a valuable experience. My future goal is to become a Social Enterprise CEO. I hope to establish a social enterprise that can tackle a number of social issues simultaneously. The moment I applied to SK SUNNY program, I was confident that this volunteer activity would help me overcome my weakness while strengthening my abilities and would function as a stepping stone that leads me a step closer to my dream.
Q: What activities did you participate in?
I participated in the SK SUNNY Social Enterprise Supporting Team Leader Group, which was a one-year program. Our main goal was to support social enterprises’ by utilizing diverse marketing strategies and further expanding university students’ talents. This semester, I was assigned to support a social venture, “Ease and More”. “Ease and More” is a social venture that encourages sanitary, healthy and content female lifestyles. Such actions are carried out by monthly funding the underprivileged teenage girls with sanitary napkins. As a part of the leader group member, I have the responsibility to select and manage supporters—team members. Managing supporters involves planning a workshop, managing a community website, and keeping schedules.
Q: What did you learn from this experience?
Through the SK SUNNY Program, I learned how to carry out the marketing strategies that I learned in the DIS courses. Moreover, as the SK SUNNY Leader Group consists of university students from all around Korea, I made a lot of friends in other regions as well. Interacting with friends in other regions of the country certainly enabled me to gain a broader perspective. SK SUNNY is truly a window of opportunity.
Q: How did you prepare for the volunteer activity?
There are two programs within SK SUNNY: the Social Enterprise (SE) Supporting Team and the Volunteering Team. As I applied for SE Supporting Team, I prepared myself by joining Hanyang Social Enterprise Network and researching about social enterprises. Understanding the concept of the social enterprise and having a passion to change the world in to a better place are vital.