What We’ve Done
Quick FAQ Sheet
Q4 2012-Q2 2016
Hours: 7,000 +
Community Spots Filled: 837
Big Friends Spots Filled: 749
Big Friend Return Rate: 75%
Return 4x or more: 50%
Areas serviced: ChingChuan, Taoyuan, Taipei, Tainan, Orchid Island, TaiTung
End of the Year Santa Jia-Xin Drive: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
First visit to ChingChuan as part of Malinda Schultz’s “Wufeng Project” raising funds to renovate the youth community centre.
Started our first workshop, led by Rippling Tsou to create “Stop Motion Animation” in ChingChuan with the Atayal kids.
First cooperation with Santa Jia-Xin for our annual end of the year necessities drive to provide warmth and love to those who will benefit the most.
Our partnership with Taipei’s premiere vegetarian restaurant SALADAY begins. Over the course of 1.5 years we work together on almost a dozen workshops.
Began our first workshop and our friendship with MuHsiang’s Children’s Home. Submitted our paperwork to register as an official association in Taiwan.
Began our Basketball Series coached by Mohan Huang
July – September 2014
Our successful BUILD A HOME project with a turnaround of only 6 weeks.
Officially registered as 社團法人臺灣嚮光協會 in Taiwan after almost 11 months of work and meetings.
Featured in Taipei Times article “Look on the bright side”
After 2.5 years of vegetarian meals, future workshops will now feature vegan meals
Our first internal Bright Side Projects and Gender Equity Training for our Big Friends.
First workshops in Orchid Island and Taitung
Over 45 months starting in Q2 2012, Bright Side Projects has created almost 80 Bright Side Projects events so friendships can grow organically. We provide the logistics and resource planning to empower those that want to get involved in their community.
Our multi-disciplinary workshops are a series of carefully crafted magical moments led by various Big Friends who have the passion to share their skills and knowledge with others. Events generally have a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio for every Big Friend and Kid. Full workshops are fun filled days with packed itineraries, including breaks for freshly prepared plant focused meals from our Kitchen Table and healthy snacks. Half day workshops and collaborative events are also just as integral to Bright Side, taking the same amount of planning and execution each from 65-90 hours.
Number of Participants
Over one thousand five hundred spots in these fun-packed events have filled by children and our big friends in the past 3 years. The good news is that Big Friends have a 75% return rate, with 50% securing a permanent place on our Neighbourhood and in the children’s hearts by joining 4 times or more. We hope these long term pals can join our “Faces of the Youth” mentorship program.
BIG FRIEND RETURN RATE 大朋友的回流率
JOIN 4 X OR MORE 大朋友的參與了至少四次以上
Within Taiwan, we have hosted close to 80 workshops and events throughout the country in Hsinchu, Orchid Island, Taitung, Tainan, Taoyuan, and Taipei. Due to limited resources, we are currently focused on two main communities in Hsinchu’s ChingChuan (2012) and at Taoyuan’s MuHsiang’s Children’s Home (2013).
2015-Ongoing; A predominately indigenous Amis community. We create with kids thanks to the local ShinMaLan FUKID Community Center
Hsinchu / ChingChuan
2012-Ongoing; A predominately indigenous Atayal community. We create with kids ages 5-13 enlistment working alongside the local Catholic Church and TaoShan Elementary School.
2011-Ongoing; shelter for youth affected by domestic violence. Ranges from elementary school to high school age.
2015-Ongoing; located offshore on the southeastern part of the country, majority is indigenous Tao. We host workshops for both women and children.
LATEST POST REPORTS
台東部落的孩子們都好熱情啊！報名人數大爆滿呢！原本還有點擔心因為接近考試，孩子的出席率會下降，這都要感謝郭老師一直教導孩子們負責任的觀念，讓孩子對於報名這樣的承諾認真以待，當然，對於不斷進步與推陳出新的課程，嚮光協會也會繼續努力的！ With the pressure of upcoming exams, we were pleasantly surprised and honored that our workshop at FUKID was so popular, filling up fast with several...read more
「孩子們很願意認真學習，不過可以感覺到在心靈深處他們需要的就是陪伴！」 “The children are so dedicated and have such a passion to learn, however, I could feel that in their hearts they also really want someone to be by their side” —大朋友 Chelsea Huang / -First Time Big Friend Chelsea Huang...read more
BUILD A HOME is a series of art installations collaborations between the youth of Muhsiang Children’s Home and Bright Side Projects in 2014. 14 creators from diverse backgrounds were asked to brainstorm alongside the children to brighten MuHsiang’s new home. This resulted in the artistic beautification of bedrooms and spaces that were meaningful on a personal level for those that would grow and dream there.
Over the course of a short six weeks starting in July 2014, creators from diverse backgrounds joined the summer journey in a series of intimate moments integrating painting, weaving, food, yoga, photography, pinatas, and barbeques to forge new friendships. We should realize each of us are empowered to influence and create not only the home where we reside, but the world we live in. Read more here.