She was a riot on the airwaves for 8 years and, recently, decided to edge closer to the end of the diving board, hug her knees in and jump right into her role as 'rebel with a cause', always on the lookout for awesome.  Raised in Jakarta, Melbourne and Singapore, Emily was inspired from a young age to serve the needs of the community around her.  

In a nutshell: Perpetually in motion, Emily is passionate about all her causes. Her infectious energy resonates far and wide, especially within the communities she has touched. ‘Awesome’ is not just her favorite word but her mantra. It is used to describe everything and everyone. What gets her out of bed every day is the drive to help youth realise their own inner ‘awesome-ness’ and potential to change the world.

Taken from GOOD INC's 2014 'GOOD 100' List.

Some of the awards in recognition of Emily's work:

 

TALK OF THE TOWN

Read what others are saying about Emily.

'EXCITING PURPOSE'

Laurence Lien - Nominated Member of Parliament, Ex-Chief Executive of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre and Chairman of the Lien Foundation. 

Laurence Lien - Nominated Member of Parliament, Ex-Chief Executive of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre and Chairman of the Lien Foundation. 

Ms Emily Teng, in her mid-20s, has spearheaded her own volunteer-driven social initiative, Blessings in a Bag, and is now setting up an exciting non-profit organisation called World Change Agents, which will help youths gain the skills and confidence to create their own social initiatives and become community leaders. Despite being newly established and desperately in need of funding, World Change Agents has already enabled 14 new social projects, all run by youth volunteers.”
— Op-ed by Laurence Lien for TODAY Newspaper, August 22nd 2013.

'AN INSPIRATION'

Lawrence Wong - Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Minister of Communications and Information.

Lawrence Wong - Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Minister of Communications and Information.

Another young role model is Emily Teng, the founder of non-profit organisation Blessings in a Bag. A producer and presenter at radio station Power 98FM, Emily wanted to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. She started Blessings in a Bag to partner communities, schools, and other organisations to provide for the needs of underprivileged, abused and medically-ill children across Asia. Emily also started OKRA ASIA, where disadvantaged women in Philippines and Cambodia make handicrafts, giving themselves and their families a source of income. These examples are an inspiration to us all. They remind us that amidst our fast-paced lifestyles and many responsibilities, we also need to take the time to reflect on how we lead our lives.”
— Speech by Lawrence Wong for National Kindness Conference, October 20th 2012

 

Here are some of the things that get her (or have gotten her) out of bed!

She's frequently spotted running around the streets of Singapore for purpose-driven organization, Blessings in a Bag.  What started out as a small recycling project run out of Emily's wardrobe in 2007, quickly turned into motivation for action and operates out of Singapore to deliver 'blessings' in the form of donations-in-kind, programs and services for kids and communities in need across South East Asia.

She's frequently spotted running around the streets of Singapore for purpose-driven organization, Blessings in a Bag.  What started out as a small recycling project run out of Emily's wardrobe in 2007, quickly turned into motivation for action and operates out of Singapore to deliver 'blessings' in the form of donations-in-kind, programs and services for kids and communities in need across South East Asia.

Emily created a community of youths who used their passion, talent and skills to make a difference in the lives of others.

Emily created a community of youths who used their passion, talent and skills to make a difference in the lives of others.

Emily is the co-founder of The Patatas, a group that works to provide resources, enable funding and offer idea support to non-profit organizations (NGOs), social enterprises and committed individual activists. The Patatas support a variety of sustainable and scalable causes, utilizing information technology to meet critical needs and help overcome challenges.  

Emily is the co-founder of The Patatas, a group that works to provide resources, enable funding and offer idea support to non-profit organizations (NGOs), social enterprises and committed individual activists. The Patatas support a variety of sustainable and scalable causes, utilizing information technology to meet critical needs and help overcome challenges.

 

Previously a Producer/Presenter with Mediacorp's 987FM and Power98, Emily has hosted for the likes of Nike, World Kindness Day, Ben & Jerry’s, Mall Launches, APEC Economic Leader’s Meeting and more! She has hosted Nike races, led Nike Training Club experiences and recently hosted a web series by Singtel.

She is currently one of Singapore's Nike Training Club Trainers.

She is currently one of Singapore's Nike Training Club Trainers.

After a stressful couple of years, Emily found herself seeking peace and happiness when working out in the early morning hours or late into the evening. She soon found herself with an opportunity to lead awesome powerplate training sessions at a Boutique Studio in the heart of Singapore and recently with an awesome community with Eat Train Love.  She currently leads outdoor bootcamps Thursday mornings 9.30am!  

After a stressful couple of years, Emily found herself seeking peace and happiness when working out in the early morning hours or late into the evening. She soon found herself with an opportunity to lead awesome powerplate training sessions at a Boutique Studio in the heart of Singapore and recently with an awesome community with Eat Train Love.  She currently leads outdoor bootcamps Thursday mornings 9.30am!