Jean practises social advocacy and community mobilisation to pilot projects that push for progress on inclusive education and equality in early childhood. She is currently co-lead of Early Childhood Development at Lien Foundation, where she manages multidisciplinary projects between partners in social services, education and health. For her commitment to inclusion through the arts, Jean was recently conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2018, Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2019 and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Impact Award 2019. At Superhero Me, Jean oversees strategic outreach events and partnerships. Her passion is in planning Superhero Me’s advocacy content and mentoring a network of creatives and facilitators to confidently adopt an inclusive approach in their work. Her love for social advocacy started from a photojournalism course and a decade-long adventure running Logue, a content studio that focused on media and community art with a social mission. Jean found her calling in community arts through projects with the National Arts Council spanning youth mentorships to arts in eldercare. Her interest has shifted to capability building for professionals and creating awareness on inclusion and community development.
Huiwen co-leads Early Childhood Development work at the Lien Foundation, encompassing programme development, creative strategy and content advocacy. She was instrumental in the production of George’s Anatomy, Lien Foundation’s Annual Report 2016 – 2017 which won a Wood Pencil at the 2019 D&AD Awards. Equivalent to bronze, the D&AD Wood Pencil recognises the best advertising and design work around the world. Huiwen co-founded Superhero Me and drives the project’s strategic outreach and creative quality. From 2012 to 2017, she ran Logue with Jean to develop media projects with a social impact. Huiwen spent the initial years of her career as a finance journalist at The Straits Times, followed by Bloomberg News, where she was based in Shanghai and broke news from events including the China’s National People’s Congress Meetings and the World Economic Forum. While a student at NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication, she received the Dennis Bloodworth Memorial Journalism Prize from former PM of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew.
Marvin Tang is a Singaporean artist who uses photography, moving imagery and objects to visualise phenomena that surface through the act of control. His research questions historical narratives and examines the notion of collective identities in Singapore and its relationships across the globe. At Superhero Me, Marvin produced two publications – “Universe of Feelings” by Quek Hong Shin and “Why Do Hunters Hunt Animals When They Can Hunt for Gold?”, a collaboration with Facebook Art Department. He holds the all important task of documenting Superhero Me’s work through photography and is the lead producer behind “Homerun”, a sold out community arts show set in two rental flat units in Block 55 Lengkok Bahru. Marvin graduated from NTU School of Art, Design and Media and completed his Masters of Art in Photography at London College of Communication.
Joyce manages Watch Out World! (WOW), a talent development programme for youths with disabilities at Rainbow Centre, Singapore. She is trained as an arts educator and is dedicated to using contemporary art practices to inspire creative confidence among youth of diverse profiles. Joyce graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London with an Honours in Fine Art and Art History and worked as an art teacher at two schools, where she planned and delivered curriculum to students across grade levels. She is moved by the possibilities inclusion brings and is motivated to improve her skills at enabling inclusion. At Superhero Me, she produced Universe of Feelings, a multi-sensory theatre piece which ran at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay in Dec 2020 as well as First Class and Homerun, two community art projects inspired by Superhero Me’s ‘first generation’ heroes from Lengkok Bahru. Her journey with Superhero Me started in 2018 through PEEKABOO! an inclusive arts residency at Rainbow Centre which culminated in a festival.
Charis is an Associate UX Designer at GovTech Singapore and graduated with a major in Computer Science from Yale-NUS College. Her passion is in using digital media and programming to create solutions for social change. At Superhero Me, Charis has been integral in building community since 2015 where she has taken on various roles, including improving Superhero Me’s user experience, distilling its method to inclusion and facilitating social mixing between children with and without disabilities. Through Superhero Me, her perspectives have been challenged countless of times, yet the hope and resilience the children possess and spread to others have impacted her in many ways. She hopes to use her interest in digital media and programming to create useful and socially innovative advocacy initiatives in the future.
Austin is an art student who enjoys being a part of diverse and different communities. He has been a captain with Superhero Me since 2018 and was the lead actor of Universe of Feelings, a multi-sensory theatre performance that ran six sold-out shows at the Esplanade. With his experience in art, he hopes to contribute back to these communities by empowering them and enriching their lives with art. He will be embarking on his undergraduate studies at Maryland Institute College of Art under the MOE teaching scholarship program. In the meantime, he is focused on developing his art practice and spending time with friends and family.
Winnie is an early childhood educator at Kindle Garden, Singapore’s first inclusive preschool, where she is privileged to learn from and work with children with special needs and typical children every day. She finds great value in discovering and implementing an inclusive approach in all aspects of early education. Winnie first started as a Superhero Me captain in 2015, and the interactions with the countless educators she has had the opportunity to have through it has continually challenged and broadened her perspective of what and how inclusion can be in Singapore. She graduated from NUS with a degree in Psychology, and has a diploma in early childhood education from NIEC.
Jezreel works in digital engagement at the Department of Child Development at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital where she creates content to bridge hospital-community support of children with special needs. She is interested in user experience and thrives on creative challenges. At Superhero Me, she strengthens digital outreach and was instrumental in Takeaway Live and Holiyay at Home, two successful digital programmes during the Circuit Breaker which reached out to more than 800 participants over 16 workshops. Constantly curious and intrigued by the way children communicate with one another, she has prior experience working with young children with special needs at a private early intervention centre as a teacher assistant. Jezreel also helps to facilitate monthly classes for teenagers with special needs as a church volunteer. Her academic background is in Linguistics.
Weiyan is inspired by the potential of craft to build community. At Superhero Me, she facilitates inclusive arts experiences to foster friendships between children of different abilities, programmes visual arts experiences and mentors captains on the team. Weiyan also runs In Merry Motion, a celebration, experience design and craft studio which has worked with clients like National Library Board, National Arts Council and Esplanade. Weiyan was trained in Industrial Design at the National University of Singapore. As someone who is constantly looking to improve, she enjoys the challenge of inclusion and executing concepts that make a difference. Weiyan also loves animals and works on her passion project, “Trade School Singapore” on the side.