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[Easter Break] International Exchange Tours

Starting from March and April every year, we finally “resurrect” from the cold winter! Have you ever started planning your activities during Easter holidays? How about taking advantage of the Easter holidays to travel abroad, experiencing various cultures and having a unique getaway with young people from different parts of the world? The Funding Scheme for International Youth Exchange under the Youth Development Commission has been providing funding to various non-governmental organisations to organise international exchange programmes for Hong Kong young people. The objective is to offer them more comprehensive international exchange opportunities, expand their global exposure, and broaden their international horizons. Just a reminder, the international exchange programmes during Easter are now open for application. All you young fellows can check out the exchange programmes provided in the Chinese version and create an unforgettable and special Easter holiday for yourselves!

[Easter Break] Exchange Tours to the Mainland

Starting from March and April every year, we finally “resurrect” from the cold winter! Have you ever started planning your activities during Easter holidays? How about taking advantage of the Easter holidays to travel to the Mainland and have a unique vacation with the local young people? The Funding Scheme for Youth Exchange in the Mainland under the Youth Development Commission has been providing funding to various non-governmental organisations to organise exchange tours to the Mainland for Hong Kong young people. The objective is to enhance their awareness and understanding of their home country while fostering exchange with Mainland youth, thereby strengthening their sense of national identity.  Just a reminder, the exchange tours to the Mainland during Easter are now open for application. All you young fellows can check out the exchange programmes provided in the Chinese version and create an unforgettable and special Easter holiday for yourselves!

[#JobBeacon] E-sports Champions!

Gaming and E-sports Rapid tapping on keyboards is one of the signature characteristics of gaming. Many people still consider that playing video games as simply a form of entertainment, and some even believe that excessive gaming can drain one's willpower. Today, gaming has however evolved into one of the new-age competitive sports! E-sports, or electronic sports, is a kind of sports that involves video games. The most well-known e-sports competitions revolve around online multiplayer games, such as shooting, fighting, car racing and strategy games. In these competitions, two or more teams will compete against each other in the game. Typically, professional e-sports players are not just ordinary players, but highly skilled individuals with exceptional mental fortitude, high levels of intelligence, advanced gaming abilities, and strong teamwork skills. Nowadays, e-sports has become a pop culture. Ranging from small-scale contest to professional league tournaments, all of which have successfully attracted respective audience. Many investors also recognise the business potential in e-sports, and sponsors actively support these events to increase their brand awareness. What was once seen as a pastime, has now gone beyond the boundaries, and grown into a new sports industry with a combination of gaming, competition and lifestyle!   E-sports Commentator, the Vibe Maker Besides professional e-sports players, the e-sports industry has given rise to various other job positions. Among them, e-sports commentators play a vital role in e-sport events, with their importance being just slightly below that of professional e-sports players! Through humorous and passionate commentary, e-sports commentators analyse game tactics, describe players' actions, and hence show the live situation to the audience beyond the distance. These commentators not only need to be eloquent but also require a deep understanding of the game at a professional-player level in order to keep up with the pace of the competition. Therefore, aspiring e-sports commentators often need to have a certain ranking as professional players or be retired professional players themselves.     Career Path Planning – Professional e-sports players/ E-sports commentator If you aspire to pursue a career in the e-sports arena as a professional player or commentator, there are numerous e-sports related training programmes available in the market that can help you lay a good foundation for your e-sport career development. Undoubtedly, you still need to make the greatest effort to gear up yourselves, in order to secure a place in the world of e-sports one day!   E-sports related Courses from Talent.gov.hk Course Provider Course Learning Mode QF Level The University of Hong Kong Foundation Certificate in eSports Science Part-time QF Level 2 The University of Hong Kong Certificate in eSports Technology (Senior Secondary Applied Learning) Full-time QF Level 3 The University of Hong Kong Diploma in eSports Science Part-time QF Level 3 School of Professional and Continuing Education, HKU Diploma in eSports Science Part-time QF Level 3 The University of Hong Kong Higher Diploma in eSports Full-time QF Level 4 The University of Hong Kong Advanced Certificate in eSports Full-time QF Level 4 Hong Kong Metropolitan University Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Sports and eSports Management Full-time QF Level 5 *Source: Talent.gov.hk   Other Useful Links Talents.gov.hk Magazine: e-Sports≠Gaming Sharing of ESAHK Founding Chairman on the Life Planning Information website of the Education Bureau  

"To Be Here, It's Good" Transcending without Boundary featuring Master No Rae

 “To Be Here, It’s Good” is a brand new interview series brought to you by the Youth Development Commission, in connection with the “Youth Development Blueprint” of the Home and Youth Affairs Bureau. The series not only depicts the appearance of Hong Kong as a city but also reveals the stories of the non-locally born citizens who have already regarded Hong Kong as their “home away from home”. Starting from “852”, the international area code of Hong Kong, the series invites foreigners who have been living in Hong Kong for various durations to share their stories. Each of them came to Hong Kong for a different reason. How did they adapt to Hong Kong and, deal with the difficulties? What does Hong Kong look like in their eyes? And how did they discover the uniqueness of Hong Kong?Often times, we would be inspired by others’ stories. And sometimes we would even uncover something that has been forgotten or ignored. This series of little-known, genuine yet extraordinary "852" stories highlight that Hong Kong is multi-cultural, highly inclusive, full of opportunities and potentials.The public is welcome to watch the related interview videos or articles. Let’s rediscover Hong Kong and explore the infinite possibilities of “852” together. Transcending without Boundary featuring Master No Rae"Hello, I'm No Rae. People also call me Master No. I've been in Hong Kong since 2014." Hello, my name is No Rae. “Taekwondo” is three letters in Korean. “Tae” means kicking and then have foot techniques, “Kwon” means to punch and then have hand techniques, and the last “Do” is the way of human and their learning about manners and respect. So we are trying to teach them not just punch and kick techniques. We also try to teach them how to control themselves, how to learn, how to respect your parents, teachers and each other.I'm a Taekwondo master in Hong Kong. I have trained Taekwondo since I was young. I also studied Taekwondo major in university. And then I tried to go other countries to teach Taekwondo, like Ukraine, Indonesia and Philippines. I want to promote the spirit of Taekwondo in other countries. That's why I asked the professor, “Where can I teach Taekwondo instead of Korea?” So he suggested me to come to Hong Kong. So that's why I choose to come here. I was not afraid to come to Hong Kong alone because this is what I want to promote Taekwondo abroad. Originally I planned to come to Hong Kong just for a year. But after I tried to teach Taekwondo in Hong Kong, I feel that Hong Kong parents care about the children's  grooming and their development, and they spend a lot of time, also efforts on the children’s development. And also they have a good mindset, an open mind. I think it can be good to promote Taekwondo in Hong Kong. Taekwondo is not just teaching the knowledge and skills. We also need some connection with the children. It makes them more trained with the masters and follow the masters. Because after building a relationship and having a connection with them, they would understand how to respect, how to listen, how to concentrate and how to focus on the masters. We have several students who had some problems or some suffer with the ADHD. In the beginning they were very struggling to learn something because it was not easy for them to focus. But after training and then we encouraged them and trained them to focus, they overcome that and they get improved. And some students are already “black belt” now. So I think Taekwondo can help ADHD students too, to gain more focus and concentration. It's good to be here to be able to help nurture and contribute to Hong Kong society.I am so proud of and moved by their transformation. Actually when I came to Hong Kong, I feel that Hong Kong is not too different from Korea. Their work life and their lifestyle is very similar to Korean’s. They work hard and work until late and then they move very fast. And they are smart too and they are quick changing. In Korea, it’s also similar. Hong Kong is a very unique and also a multicultural city. Many other countries’ people come to Hong Kong to work. So I think that they have many chances to expose to different cultures and different styles. They don't have just a fixed culture because I think they have Eastern and Western culture together. So it's very interesting to have some stories with them and their mind too. Hong Kong is a very good place to learn about the global mindset. The young Hong Kong people are very smart and have good potentials. Hong Kong people normally speak like three languages: Cantonese, Mandarin and English. That means they have more chances to go to more markets. So I think they can go more global. So like me, if I can speak only Korean, I cannot go to other countries or it would be very difficult in the beginning. But you guys, the Hong Kong guys are easier than us. They can already learn about different cultures. Hong Kong young generation has a good potential and advantage. I think you can use this advantage to work hard in the future. So Hong Kong people, you guys can be global leaders. Fighting! Youth Development Commission"To Be Here, It's Good" Campaign webpage : www.ydc.gov.hk/852IG : www.instagram.com/youthdevelopmentcommission/Facebook : www.facebook.com/YDCgovhk  

[#JobBeacon] Step Up! Street Dance!

Dancing from the Street to the World Stage Street Dance, originated in the 70's and 80's, is a combination of sports and street performances. By following the flow of music with unique body movements, a great variety of dancing steps is created. Beginners can also express themselves through unrestrained and free-style movements! The most common styles of street dance include “Breaking”,“Popping”and“Hip-hop” among others. Among them, the most popular one is “Breaking”! This dancing style is easy to recognise due to a series of signature moves, including headspins and rolling on the ground with one hand as a supporting point. Nowadays, street dance culture has spread all over the world. Street dancers can be found in all 18 districts of Hong Kong. Dancers would compete at any time and wherever there is a space, leading to a common phenomenon: "where there are streets, there is street dance." Many young people around the world regard street dance as their dream and are eager to go professional with their supreme dancing skills! The 2024 Paris Olympics will include one of the street dancing styles, “Breaking”, as a new sports item. Young people who are passionate about “Breaking” will then have the opportunity to battle with dancers from other countries and regions on the Olympic stage!     Dancing from Stage to the Workplace If you love street dance, have you ever thought about becoming a professional dancer? After gaining ample performance experience, have you considered transitioning to a role behind the scenes, supporting other performers as a dance instructor or choreographer? Although these positions differ from traditional dancers, professional street dancers still require extensive training and long-term practice to be fully prepared to shine on stage. Becoming a street dance instructor or choreographer can be seen as a "promotion opportunity" for dancers. If you are a former street dancer, you may have the chance to become a choreographer by accumulating enough performance experience. With a solid foundation, choreographers can create dance performances and oversee the dancers’ execution. They also need execellent communication skills to collaborate with various stakeholders, ensuring an unforgettable visual feast for the audience! As the mastermind behind the scenes, a choreographer's dancing skills must reach a professional level, preferably in two or more dancing styles. They should be able to view a performance from a macro perspective and assign dancers to perform their roles well at different shows, providing memorable moments for each scene.   Career Path Planning - Professional Dancer/ Dance Instructor/ Choreographer Even if you are still new to the workplace, there is no need to worry! If you are interested in pursuing a career in the dancing industry, you can refer to the following course information to plan ahead for your upcoming training and future career!   Dance related Courses from Talent.gov.hk Course Provider Course Learning Mode QF Level The University of Hong Kong Foundation Certificate in Dance Part-time QF Level 2 The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Certificate in Taking a Chance on Dance (Senior Secondary Applied Learning) Full-time QF Level 3 The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Diploma in Dance Foundations Full-time QF Level 4 The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Professional Diploma in Dance Full-time QF Level 4 The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Dance Full-time QF Level 5 The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Master of Fine Arts in Dance Full-time / Part-time QF Level 6 *Source: Talent.gov.hk   Other Useful Links Dance-related careers information on the Life Planning Information website of the Education Bureau Search for Vacancies for Dancer / Dance Instructor / Choreographer on Talent.gov.hk Break dance events / courses provided by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department "Move Beyond" - Online programme of the Cultural Presentations Section of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department  

[X'mas Getaway] International Exchange Tours

When Christmas songs start to play on the street, it is time for all you young fellows to plan your activities during Christmas! Have you ever thought about taking advantage of the Christmas holidays to travel abroad, experiencing various cultures and having a unique Christmas with young people from different parts of the world? The Funding Scheme for International Youth Exchange under the Youth Development Commission has been providing funding to various non-governmental organisations to organise international exchange programmes for Hong Kong young people. The objective is to offer them more comprehensive international exchange opportunities, expand their global exposure, and broaden their international horizons. Just a reminder, the international exchange programmes during Christmas are now open for application. All you young fellows can check out the exchange programmes provided in the Chinese version and create an unforgettable and special Christmas holiday for yourselves!

[X'mas Getaway] Exchange Tours to the Mainland

When Christmas songs start to play on the street, it is time for all you young fellows to plan your activities during Christmas! Have you ever thought about taking advantage of the Christmas holidays to travel to the Mainland and have a unique Christmas with the local young people? The Funding Scheme for Youth Exchange in the Mainland under the Youth Development Commission has been providing funding to various non-governmental organisations to organise exchange tours to the Mainland for Hong Kong young people. The objective is to enhance their awareness and understanding of their home country while fostering exchange with Mainland youth, thereby strengthening their sense of national identity.  Just a reminder, the exchange tours to the Mainland during Christmas are now open for application. All you young fellows can check out the exchange programmes provided in the Chinese version and create an unforgettable and special Christmas holiday for yourselves!

2023 Policy Address - A Vibrant Economy for a Caring Community

The Policy Address 2023 sets out a range of initiatives to revive the economy, create opportunities and ensure long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong. We have summarised measures related to Youth Development as below - Youth Development Summit Organise the Youth Development Summit in mid-2024 as the opening and highlight of the 2024 Youth Festival and invite participation of guest speakers and youth groups from the Mainland and overseas.  Implementing the Youth Development Blueprint Follow up on the implementation progress of over 160 measures outlined in the Youth Development Blueprint, and continue to listen to the feedback from young people on the blueprint and constantly review and enrich its content. Launch the Youth Dashboard to consolidate youth-related data and trends for keeping better tabs on the pulse of young people. The number of participating committees in the Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth has been increased from some 60 in 2022 to 85, with the target of increasing the number of participating committees to no less than 180 within the current-term of the Government.  Financial Planning for the Youth Launch a pilot scheme to provide young people with ­financial planning and counselling services as well as information on ­financial management, saving and investment that suits their individual needs, so as to assist young people in developing an effective financial management plan.  Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Launch the Funding Scheme for Experiential Programmes at Innovation and Entrepreneurial Bases covering various Mainland provinces and municipalities, so as to encourage young people to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in the enormous Mainland market. Launch a new round of Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the GBA to provide capital subsidy and comprehensive support services to Hong Kong young people interested in starting their businesses locally and in Mainland cities of the GBA. Establish the Alliance of Hong Kong Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurial Bases in the GBA as a one-stop information, publicity and exchange platform for supporting Hong Kong young people in pursuing entrepreneurship in the GBA.  Youth Engagement Engage youth participants of various government activities through the Youth Link, offering them opportunities to develop diverse talents through participating in seminars, different types of large-scale government activities, exchange visits to the Mainland and overseas, etc. and strengthening their communication, interaction and trust with the Government.  Study the possibility of utilising suitable facilities to provide Youth Link participants with a platform for constant interaction, including multi-function areas, a youth culture and creativity bazaar, and spaces for small-scale performances.  Launch a youth-based mobile application to disseminate diversi­ed information on youth development and enable young people to explore different activities and development opportunities. Leverage online media and channels to bring young people together and tell good stories of Hong Kong.  Broadening Young People’s Horizons Continue to implement various youth exchange and internship programmes outside Hong Kong to enable young people to gain ­first-hand understanding and experience of the latest development in the Mainland and the world. Continue to strengthen support for youth uniformed groups to enhance youth development and national education through the provision of one-off funding.  Continue to implement the Multi-faceted Excellence Scholarship Scheme by providing full scholarships for students who excel in sports, arts and/or community service to pursue undergraduate studies in Hong Kong, with a view to promoting a culture of multi-faceted excellence.  Youth Hostel Scheme Continue to implement the “Subsidy Scheme for Using Hotels and Guesthouses as Youth Hostels”. Three projects with the provision of about 480 hostel places have been approved since its launch in early 2023. Continue to implement the Youth Hostel Scheme (YHS). In addition to the two completed projects providing a total of 1 700 hostel places, the construction of three other projects, which will provide about 1 000 additional hostel places, are in progress. By promoting youth tenants’ participation in community outreach or volunteer services, the scheme seeks to nurture talents with an aspiration to serve the community. Set aside a site in Tung Chung under the Land Sale Programme whereby developers will be required to reserve a certain number of ‑ats to support the YHS on a pilot basis.  Enhancing Positive Thinking Following the launch of the fi­rst round of the Funding Scheme for Youth Positive Thinking Activities and the Funding Scheme for Youth Adventure Training Activities at end-2022, some sponsored organisations have progressively rolled out relevant activities for a period of two years since the summer of 2023.  Strengthen cohesion among the youth by launching the youthfest@HK from 2023 and inviting different sectors of the community to jointly organise a wide spectrum of activities to nurture positive thinking, facilitate development of potential and enhancement of knowledge, promote experience sharing, etc.   For the details of the 2023 Policy Address and the full doucment of the Policy Measures, please visit the website of the Chief Executive's 2023 Policy Address.  

Strive and Rise Programme (Recruiting the 2nd Cohort Now)

The Government has launched the “Strive and Rise Programme” which aims to address intergenerational poverty by helping underprivileged students, who join the Programme as mentees, achieve their life goals and strive for upward mobility. The enhanced Programme has started recruiting the second cohort to provide focused support for more secondary students from underprivileged families. The second round of the Strive and Rise Programme will include new elements as: increasing the number of mentees from 2 800 to 4 000, with an extension to cover Secondary Four students from underprivileged families; enriching the variety of group activities with more Mainland study and exchange tours; introducing mentorship groups; and establishing an Alumni Club for mentees who have completed the Programme to provide them with diversified social activities and internship opportunities. Target Mentees Secondary One to Secondary Four students from underprivileged families, particularly those living in subdivided units Three Key Elements 1. Mentorship Mentees will each be paired up with a volunteer mentor who will share his/her life experience to help the mentees build up their self-confidence and guide them to develop their personal goals in a proactive and positive manner; the mentors will also assist their mentees in developing positive financial planning concepts and applying effectively the financial support provided under the Programme. 2. Personal Development Plans Mentors will inspire mentees to explore more possibilities for personal development, develop action plans and make good use of financial resources to achieve their personal development plans under guidance. 3. Financial Support Each mentee will be given a start-up sum of $5,000 for spending under the guidance of the mentor to achieve his/her personal development plan; upon successful completion of the Programme, a scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the mentee for his/her own deployment by applying the financial planning concepts acquired Structured Programme Through a structured programme covering orientation, basic training, diverse group activities, mentor-mentee interactive sessions, etc, the Programme will help mentees broaden horizons, reinforce self-confidence, develop a positive outlook on life, set goals for the future and strive for upward mobility. Upon successful completion of the one-year intensive foundation programme, mentees will automatically become members of the Alumni Club for two years. Students can approach their schools and District Organisers for enquiry and application (Click here for contacts of District Organisers / Application Form).  Application will close on 16 November.

Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth

The Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“MSSY”) is one of the key initiatives of youth development as set out in the Chief Executive’s 2022 Policy Address and the Youth Development Blueprint. To engage more young people in public affairs and enhance their interaction and trust with the Government, action is in hand to expand the MSSY, with a view to tripling the number of participating advisory committees from around 60 at present to no less than 180 within the current term of the Government to enhance their functions as talent "incubators". Person aged between 18 and 35, and with the commitment to serve the community, are now invited to apply for MSSY Phase VI and self-nominate to become members of specified government advisory committees. For details, please visit the website of Home and Youth Affairs Bureau. The 20 participating committees for MSSY Phase VI are as follows - 1.   Tripartite Taskforce on Manpower Training (Aviation)2.   Human Resources Planning Commission3.   Trade and Industry Advisory Board4.   Advisory Committee on Promotion of Arbitration5.   Enterprise Support Scheme Assessment Panel6.   Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education7.   Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee8.   Commission on Children9.   Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene10. Steering Committee on Construction Innovation and Technology Fund11. Committee on Promotion of Breastfeeding12. Award Council of the Hong Kong Award for Young People13. Hong Kong Fleet Operation Advisory Committee14. Statistics Advisory Board15. Rehabilitation Advisory Committee16. Stamp Advisory Committee17. Cantonese Opera Development Fund Advisory Committee18. Sub-committee on Youth and Capacity Building under the Council for Carbon Neutrality and Sustainable Development19. Assessment Panel of the Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care20. Constitution and Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee Each of the above committees will offer respectively two seats for appointment. The Assessment Panels will consider whether the applicant meets the following three conditions: strong commitment to serve the community; good understanding of the policy area concerned; and good analytical and communication skills. Following the principle of meritocracy, the government aims to, through the MSSY, recruit young people who have the commitment to serve the community and the ability to contribute to the committees concerned for recommending to the relevant bureaux/departments for consideration of appointment. Application Deadline:29 June 2023 (Thu) at 11:59 p.m. Know more about MSSY with the sharing of young appointees!       For details, please visit the website of Home and Youth Affairs Bureau.

[Newly Launched] Meet our Four Thematic Pages!

Four brand new thematic pages are here on Youth.gov.hk! Thanks to the valuable opinions we received from young people on the design and content of our website, four new thematic pages are launched. Let’s explore the features of the new pages:     Enhanced user experience On each Thematic Page, contents are grouped under the sections “Hot Topics” or “Focus”. With just one click, you may jump directly from the top of the page to the section you are interested in. Further information is available by clicking the hashtags in each section.     New social feed section At the bottom of each Thematic Page is a Social Feed section where a wide selection of relevant social media feeds on that theme provides everything you need from the latest news to the highlights of earlier information. Why wait? Visit the Thematic Pages now:  

Youth uniformed groups under disciplined and auxiliary services departments

The Government strives to nurture youths and support them in fully realising their potential. Youth uniformed groups offer important platforms for promoting youth development. To this end, most of the disciplined and auxiliary services departments have set up their own youth uniformed groups to nurture young people’s sense of social responsibility, enhance their law-abiding awareness and help them develop leadership skills through a series of classroom and physical training. Information about the youth uniformed groups under the disciplined and auxiliary services departments is listed below for easy reference. Junior Police Call The Hong Kong Police Force has all along been actively promoting youth development. With the mission of nurturing fight crime partners and future leaders, it founded its flagship youth organisation, the Junior Police Call (JPC), in 1974. Currently, Advanced Leaders and members of JPC Leader Corps who join foot drill training are uniformed to reinforce the sense of belonging. On top of organising regular leadership camps to build up young people’s resilience, team spirit and leadership skills, JPC has also launched new programmes, e.g. innovation and technology competitions, in recent years to enhance its appeal to young people. In April 2021, JPC introduced the Junior Police Call Mobile Application (JPC App) to facilitate the recruitment of new members and the participation of existing members. In addition, JPC implemented a new youth engagement strategy under the acronym “IDEAS” this year to highlight the elements of JPC’s activities, namely “Innovation”, “Discipline”, “Exposure”, “Adventure” and “Synergy”. With this new strategy, JPC has also launched a new awards scheme, with a view to enriching members’ learning experience systematically. Looking ahead, JPC will also offer youth exchange opportunities in the Greater Bay Area to let participants gain first-hand experience of the opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. >> Website of Junior Police Call (The video is in Chinese)   Fire and Ambulance Services Teen Connect The Fire Services Department (FSD) established its youth uniformed group, called the Fire and Ambulance Services Teen Connect (FAST Connect), in 2021.  FAST Connect aims to provide a learning platform for its members, arranging regular training and activities to equip them with a rich learning experience.  Apart from providing practical training on basic fire-fighting and rescue techniques, basic first-aid skills and fire safety knowledge, FAST Connect also covers national education (e.g. the Chinese-style foot drill) to enhance the sense of belonging to the country among youth.  Exchange sessions with community leaders and Hong Kong elite athletes are also arranged for members.  Through participating in the various training and activities arranged by FSD, young people can acquire new knowledge outside the classroom, learn more about the country’s development and build a good character, with a view to building a solid foundation for academic and career success in the future. >> Website of the Fire and Ambulance Services Teen Connect (The video is in Chinese) Immigration Department Youth Leaders Corps The Immigration Department (ImmD) established its uniformed group, the Immigration Department Youth Leaders Corps, in 2013. Presently, the uniformed group provides disciplinary and leadership training to local students from Secondary 1 to Secondary 6 in Hong Kong. The training programme covers knowledge about immigration matters, national education, foot drill, physical fitness, community services and outdoor training. It aims at developing members’ sense of discipline and team spirit, enhancing their sense of national identity, and instilling positive thinking and values through group activities. Members will receive training in the Immigration Service Institute of Training and Development and visit immigration facilities so as to deepen their understanding of ImmD’ s work. This will help those who are interested in joining the Department in future get prepared. Since September this year, dedicated instructors also host school-based meetings with a view to building closer rapport with members. (The video is in Chinese)   Customs Youth Leader Corps The Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) introduced the education-oriented programme, Customs YES, in 2021 for young people aged between 12 and 24. Groups, schools and non-governmental organisations interested in supporting and promoting youth development can also join as organisation members. The Customs YES programme aims at enhancing young people’s appreciation of C&ED’s work and fostering their positive values and sense of belonging to society. Its activities include Customs job orientation experience, summer internship programmes, adventure and leadership training and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area exchange programmes. Customs YES also regularly holds theme-based (e.g. legal profession, innovation & technology, and logistics) career development workshops aim to help members understand the situation and development of various sectors through interactive activities such as site visits and sharing by sector specialists. Under the framework of diversified activities of Customs YES, C&ED has formed a new youth uniformed group called Customs Youth Leader Corps, which aims at nurturing members to be distinguished youth leaders. Apart from participating in Customs YES activities, members are required to attend regular assemblies and disciplinary training to acquire various skills and learn about C&ED’s work. >> Website of Customs Youth Leader Corps (The video is in Chinese) Rehabilitation Pioneer Leaders The Correctional Services Department (CSD) has been implementing the Rehabilitation Pioneer Project since 2008 to disseminate the message of “leading a law-abiding and drug-free life as well as supporting offender rehabilitation” to secondary school students and young people. Project activities include education talks in schools and organisations; visits to correctional institutions and experience sharing by persons in custody to enable participants to understand the consequences of committing crimes; and summer tours to large-scale infrastructure as well as rural schools and families in the Mainland in order to deepen participants’ understanding of national affairs. In 2018, CSD established its uniformed group, Rehabilitation Pioneer Leaders, targeting secondary school students. Participants attend regular meetings twice a month at venues such as the Staff Training Institute for foot drill, take part in teamwork and physical training, as well as join a wide range of activities such as life planning interviews and Training on the Operation of Online Channel. The aim is to broaden their horizons, foster discipline and promote law-abiding and inclusive values. >> Website of Rehabilitation Pioneer Leaders   Civil Aid Service Cadet Corps Founded in 1968, the Civil Aid Service (CAS) Cadet Corps has an establishment of more than 4 000 cadets. Committed to promoting youth work, CAS encourages young people to learn practical skills and develop leadership abilities and through which to build up self-confidence, sense of responsibility, self-discipline and the spirit to serve others. Cadets also take part in community service such as countryside conservation work, tree planting and visits to the elderly to prepare themselves for becoming responsible citizens. CAS provides a diversified array of training and activities for its cadets including life-saving, first-aid, foot drill, hiking, boating, sailing, outdoor programmes and national education courses, etc, and is planning to develop activities and training on virtual reality and unmanned aircraft to encourage cadets to explore in various dimensions. Exchange programmes for cadets to meet with young people in the Greater Bay Area have been organised in order to deepen their understanding of the development of the Greater Bay Area. >>Website of Civil Aid Service Cadet Corps (The video is in Chinese) >> Website of Civil Aid Service Cadet Corps Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps The Auxiliary Medical Service (“AMS”) established its Cadet Corps in 2011 to encourage young people to acquire practical skills and develop their leadership abilities by taking part in healthcare training and activities. Apart from receiving healthcare training, cadets also take part in a wide range of events, such as first aid competitions, foot drill training, community service and national education exchange tours, etc. >> Website of Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps The Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) established its Cadet Corps in 2011 to encourage young people to, by taking part in healthcare training and activities, acquire practical skills and develop their leadership abilities. Major areas of the training include knowledge, prevention and handling of communicable and chronic diseases; conventional first aid and health-check training; and prevailing public hygiene and health issues (e.g. emotional / mental health and drug abuse). Apart from receiving healthcare training, cadets also take part in a wide range of events, such as first aid competitions, foot drill training, community service and national education exchange tours, etc. >> Website of Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps Government Flying Service's Collaboration with Youth Uniformed Groups Although the Government Flying Service (GFS) does not have its own youth uniformed group, it has established various activity arrangements with different youth uniformed groups (such as the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps (HKACC), the Scout Association and the Girl Guides Association).  Its collaboration with HKACC is particularly close.  Besides continuing to provide HKACC with the relevant programmes and activities, GFS will arrange officers to take part in HKACC’s leader training programme and give professional coaching to HKACC members aged 16 or above, providing experiential activities to help them learn more about the different facets of GFS’s work (including the work of Pilots, Air Crewman Officers, Aircraft Engineers, Air Medical Officers and Air Medical Nursing Officers).  This can promote young people’s understanding of GFS and their interest in the aviation industry.

[Awardees' Sharing] Outstanding Youth Commendation Scheme 2021

Organised by the Youth Development Commission (YDC), the Outstanding Youth Commendation Scheme aims to encourage young people to set targets for their personal development and actively take part in community building and social services to set an example for other young people. A new batch of award recipients has been announced. Let's watch the sharing of the awardees to know more about the characteristics of an outstanding youth. (This video is broadcasted in Chinese) Want to learn more about the experience and characteristics of the awardees? >>Click here<< to watch a video series of interview with individual awardee to find out more. (The video series is broadcasted in Chinese)

2021 Policy Address – Building a Bright Future Together

There are a number of measures to support Hong Kong to strive ahead with renewed perseverance and plan for the future in the Policy Address 2021. We have summarised measures related to Youth Development and Innovation and Technology for your reference: Youth Development Invite the Youth Development Commission to explore the introduction of a new funding scheme to subsidise eligible NGOs to organise projects that are conducive to nurturing young people’s positive thinking Establish more effective channels to gauge the views of young people of different backgrounds in order to better meet their needs in areas such as education, career pursuits, housing, upward mobility and development of their potential Introduce measures, including the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the GBA Youth Employment Scheme, to support the development of Hong Kong young people in the Mainland, as well as support for enhancing various Mainland internship and exchange programmes Regularise the Member Self‑recommendation Scheme for Youth, under which young people aged between 18 and 35 are recruited on a regular basis to participate in government advisory committee For details on the measures related to Youth Development, please refer to the Facebook page of the Home Affairs Bureau. Innovation and Technology Develop the San Tin Technopole Strengthen the development of the Eastern Knowledge and Technology Corridor Build landmark Innovation and Technology (I&T) facilities in Lau Fau Shan Reserve land for The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong for research use Start planning for the construction of the second Advanced Manufacturing Centre Set up an InnoLife Healthtech Hub in the Hong Kong‑Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop Set up a dedicated fund to encourage local researchers to participate in national research and development projects Explore collaboration between the Hospital Authority (HA) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation on the use of the HA’s clinical data for research and development Continue to implement the Global STEM Professorship Scheme and other talent-nurturing schemes Establish incubator networks in the GBA campuses of Hong Kong universities Set up the GBA InnoAcademy Set up the GBA InnoExpress to to nurture start ups and support I&T enterprises to go global and attract foreign investment Explore the extension of the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates to cover graduates of Hong Kong universities’ GBA campuses so as to facilitate the flow of talents within the GBA Expand the Innovation and Technology Bureau into the Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau to support the development of re-industrialisation For details on the measures related to the I&T development so as to integrate into the national and GBA development, please refer to the Facebook page of the Innovation and Technology Bureau. After the delivery of Policy Address, the Innovation and Technology Bureau continued to engage stakeholders on the I&T initiatives, which some startups agreed that the measures would bring benefits to the I&T development in Hong Kong. Let’s take a look at the sharing video below to know more! (The video is in Chinese only)   The Policy Address Supplement used more infographics to make the document more readable and listed out those ongoing and new initiatives. You may wish to refer to the following chapters of the Supplement - Chapter V - Unlimited Business OpportunitiesChapter VII - Nurturing TalentChapter VIII - Caring Society

[Customs YES] Youth Programme of Customs and Excise Department

Have no idea of your future career? Want to know more about the work of the Customs and Excise Department (C&ED)? Interested in joining  related grades of the department? The youth programme "Customs YES" introduced by C&ED will certainly help! Diversified activities conducive to youth development Activities of "Customs YES" offer a unique and diversified learning experience for its youth members. Activities such as summer training camps, visits, workshops, exchange programmes, job orientation experience camps and internship programmes that feature a wide spectrum of Customs areas including intellectual property rights protection, revenue protection, narcotics interdiction, anti-smuggling, protection of consumer interests etc., are conducive to the development of members and can broaden their horizons. (Video with Chinese captions only)   Be a member of Customs YES Become a Customs YES member to enjoy the amazing activities! The details of individual membership application are as follows: Target group: Young individuals aged between 12 and 24Fee: Free of chargeApplication methods: Submit an application online or by post. Click here for more details Please visit the programme website for more details and information.  

2020 Policy Address - Striving Ahead with Renewed Perseverance

Following 2019's social unrest and amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of measures to support Hong Kong to strive ahead with renewed perseverance in the Policy Address 2020. We have made reference to the "Highlights - Striving Ahead with Renewed Perseverance" leaflet and summarised measures related to education, entrepreneurship and career pursuit for your reference: Quality Education Enhance moral, civic and national education, as well as strengthen education on the Constitution, the Basic Law and national security Reform the liberal studies subject in the senior secondary curriculum Enhance the training of teachers upon appointment, during service and before promotion to enhance their quality Set aside $2 billion under the Quality Education Fund to launch a three-year programme to support e-learning and to ensure that students from disadvantaged families will enjoy equal learning opportunities Support the provision of new teaching facilities and a student hostel for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Youth Development Launch the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), under which subsidies will be provided for about 200 youth start-ups, and earmark $100 million under the Youth Development Fund for this purpose Launch the GBA Youth Employment Scheme under which enterprises operating business in both Hong Kong and the GBA Mainland cities will be provided with subsidies to recruit and deploy local university graduates to work in the GBA Mainland cities with a quota of 2 000 Creating Employment In addition to providing about 10 000 civil service job openings and creating about 30 000 time-limited jobs under the second round of the Anti-epidemic Fund (of which over 11 000 jobs are suitable for university graduates) this financial year, the Government will create more sector-specific job opportunities, covering environmental protection, construction and engineering, innovation and technology, property management, legal, creative industries, etc., for young people graduating in recent years Provide 20 000 places with training allowance under the Employees Retraining Board's new tranche of the Love Upgrading Special Scheme to be implemented in January 2021 for six months International Innovation and Technology Hub Jointly develop the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Co-operation Zone with Shenzhen, and explore with Shenzhen government the idea of allowing the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to lease and manage certain areas of the Innovation and Technology Zone in Futian, Shenzhen, before the completion of the first batch of research and development (R&D) buildings in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park at the Lok Ma Chau Loop Launch a five-year Global STEM Professorship Scheme at a cost of $2 billion to attract outstanding R&D talent from overseas to engage in R&D work in Hong Kong Release the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0 in December 2020 with more than 130 smart city initiatives Launch the iAM Smart one-stop service platform in December 2020 for the delivery of a number of government and public utility electronic services   The Policy Address Supplement used more infographics to make the document more readable and listed out those ongoing and new initiatives. You may wish to refer to the following chapters of the Supplement - Chapter V - Unlimited Business OpportunitiesChapter VII - Nurturing TalentChapter VIII - Caring Society

Good Stories: Together we walk through this [The Hong Kong Award for Young People]

Although some of the on-ground trainings and events organised by the The Hong Kong Award for Young People (AYP) were cancelled under the pandemic situation, the participants, instructors and volunteers of the programme still found ways to strive for improvement in the Award journey.  They shared their extraordinary experience in the "Good stories: Together we walk through this" to spread the positive attitudes and inspire more young people, here are some of the good stories !  [Don't stop learning something at home - Nam Ka Yi] Class suspension does not mean stop learning. Keep going with your Award journey! Miss. Nam Ka Yi, participant of Silver Award, student from Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School demonstrates a good example of continuing the Award at home in this critical time.“Staying at home cannot stop me from doing my Award.” With a flexible and unique system, participants can do the Award anytime anywhere, and it’s totally adjustable! Learning English as her Skills Section, while Kayi is currently unable to attend lessons outside. However, her online learning English experience for Skills Section so far is progressing steadily with her foreign teacher. She also finds this way is much more interesting than having face-to-face lessons. No matter anywhere anytime, continue with The Award journey!All of our lives are in some way affected by this. However, AYP acts as a good platform for young people to step out from their comfort zone with chances of facing challenges. Learning how to step up and keep going with our normal lives are another acquisition of skills for our youth.No matter anywhere anytime, continue with The Award journey!  [More than hiking! - Chan Hing Ho] Hiking is not only an outdoor activity for AYPers. Mr. Chan Hing Ho (Ho), with multiple roles including Gold Award Holder, existing AYP expeditions instructor (Hiking & Kayak) and ex-Outward Bound Hong Kong instructor, fully understands the true meaning of hiking. Clean-up rubbish in hiking routes“It’s no doubt that hills and countryside are being polluted harmfully recently. Therefore I decide to clean-up rubbish in some hiking routes with my family and friends as well as influencing my children not to stop learning even class has been suspended, teaching them not to pollute the nature, being environmental-friendly as a responsible hiker.”As AYP expeditions instructor, instead of limiting his mission to provide expeditions guidance for participants in the countryside, on waterways or at the sea, Ho is also being a role model for all of us. Keep up good manner to our lovely nature!  [Get well prepared during stay home stay safe period! - Emily, Henry and Dennis] Gold Award Participants Emily, Henry and Dennis from Gold Award Unit (GAU) continue to engage in AYP Service Section in this challenging period. They have participated in Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association Service Programme over the past year and become seminar speakers after a series of training sessions. They advocate the acceptance and support to Guide Dogs through seminars to enhance an inclusive society. As speakers for Guide Dog Seminar‘We can keep preparing for Guide Dog Seminar, fearless of the COVID-19 outbreak impact!’ As seminar speakers, they chose to take this chance to update the Seminar content and wish to further contribute to the development of Guide Dogs service when the epidemic is over. The Hong Kong Award for Young People (AYP) provides opportunity for young people to challenge themselves through leisure activities and voluntary service which they can discover their hidden abilities and gain a special sense of satisfaction and achievement. Young people design their own Award programme, set their own goals, take up trainings and record their progress. Through the challenge of AYP, young people can explore and breakthrough the limit of what they believe they can achieve.  >>Click here for more inspirational AYP good stories