The program – Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB)
Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB) is a charity program providing free training in French bakery to marginalised Chinese youth aged 17 to 23, enabling them to find qualified jobs and lead independent lives after graduation.
SYB empowers disadvantaged young adults who had to drop out of school because of their family situation (parents’ death, sickness, disability or imprisonment) and are excluded from stable employment.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, SYB students follow a one-year training where they learn valuable skills such as French bakery and pastry, Chinese bakery, life skills and English, combined with practical internships at 5-star hotels. Due to the high demand of qualified bakers on the Chinese market, 30 students each year start a new life as bakers or pastry chefs and are able to support themselves and their families.
The charity program was founded in 2008. In 2011, we created a social enterprise that offers a wide range of services to support the program, such as baking classes and workshops, bakery and pastry catering services, sales at weekend markets, and which supporting individuals and companies to contribute to the success and sustainability of the program.
SYB is managed by a small but dynamic international team, and operates under the administrative governance of Chi Heng Foundation.
Internship Position – Communication Coordinator
Shanghai Young Bakers strives to raise awareness about its actions, engage supporters and volunteers, promote its brand and give recognition to its partners, attract clients and bakery enthusiasts, through a professional and pro-active communication strategy.
The Communication intern is in charge of designing and implementing SYB’s overall external communication strategy, under the guidance of the SYB program director and with the support of other SYB volunteers and staff.
Time commitment: at least 20 hours per week, from August/Sept 2018 onwards, for at least 5-6 months.
Promote Shanghai Young Bakers’ work and activities to the general public
Collect/write articles and update social media and all online communication on a regular basis: SYB website, social networks Weixin, Weibo, Facebook
Act as Chief Editor for the SYB monthly newsletter
Be responsible for all promotional material & products (brochures, kakemonos, photos, videos…)
Translate articles and posts from English to Chinese, and/or ask support from volunteers
Handle all media requests and coordinate/ follow up with journalists
Coordinate volunteers requests and participation
Support organization of various SYB events, and help raise awareness about SYB actions
Enthusiasm to work for a growing international non-profit organization, interest in social issues and learning more about NGO operations in a Chinese multicultural environment
Keen to gain experience in Communication, Journalism, PR
Native level in Chinese, fluent in English.
Candidates eager to learn French or to improve their knowledge of French language and French culture are warmly encouraged to apply.
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented
Enjoy working both within a team and independently
Technical knowledge and experience in design (photoshop…) are not essential but would be appreciated
Work closely with French & Chinese staff as well as volunteers from different nationalities and backgrounds
Office work: Chi Heng Foundation Shanghai office (长寿路武宁路)
Outside events at SYB Baking Centre （普陀区绥德路）or other locations
Time commitment: at least 20 hours/week (weekdays), for a minimum period of 5-6 months.
Transportation and phone reimbursement allowance. As a charity project with limited resources, SYB is unfortunately unable to provide further financial compensation.
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, let us know why this assignment appeals to you, what kind of relevant experience you have (if any), when you would be available to work with us, and include a CV. Thank you!