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About Clarissa


Founder and Teacher, Magic Pen Kids
Founder and Chief Muse, Kidz4Life

As a creativity, story, and life coach, Clarissa Ngo has become one of the preeminent mentors for children, revealing their innate potential not only to the world, but more importantly, to themselves.  Because she grew up in a family that celebrated kindness, curiosity, and creativity, she learned how to give with meaning and distinction, and through her diverse creative background, she developed a proprietary system that has proven itself over the past 18 years with a worldwide clientele.  Clarissa imbues children with passion and wisdom so they attain levels of success they otherwise would not dare dream.  How?  She teaches them to write stories that help them value themselves and unleash their imaginations so they learn empathy, how to create value in the world, and give to others that is personal and heartfelt to each child.

Her students write and publish books that transform the lives of children around the
world, including their own.  They win all-expenses-paid trips to scuba dive and save
endangered fish in the Virgin Islands, get published by Scholastic, and are one of six in the world to win a Spielberg film-your-charity contest.  They win national shelter
pet TV commercial contests, have been featured on PBS with a red carpet premiere, and see their stories professionally illustrated and emblazoned across an entire page of the Los Angeles Times at as young an age as seven, a paper where they have been published over 450 times.  Eighteen have been honored at Carnegie Hall by Scholastic, and seven have spoken at TEDx about their transformative journeys and humanitarian efforts despite being shy.

Clarissa has a diverse background.  She is an alumna of Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in English and American Literature and Language. During high school, she trained with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, won a full scholarship to NASA Space Camp from the Society of Women Engineers, and was first
runner-up to Miss Teen California.  After spending her college summers marketing for GUESS? in Singapore, doing pro bono legal work, dancing in operas, recruiting for a top New York law firm, and being one of two Harvard students chosen by Canon's Chairman to consult his business in Japan, Clarissa founded Magic Pen Kids.  She also tried her hand at acting, and has appeared in Rush Hour II, ABC's The Practice, many independent films, and commercials for Heineken, Volvo, and Air France.  She enjoys singing Broadway musicals, scouring New York for the best hot dog, and defying gravity through flying wirework like Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

With Kidz4Life, Clarissa has shown kids can start a movement to create things of value, and through this process, learn to give back and value themselves.  Over the years, she has inspired her students to change their lives by writing a story.  She invites you to become part of our movement.