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The Government has announced earlier the launch of 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. 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 The Programme comprises five components, namely Orientation Session, Training Sessions, Mentor-Mentee Interactive Sessions, Group Visits, and Graduation and Extended Networking. The first round of the Programme will last one year and targets to recruit 2 000 Secondary One to Secondary Three students. Students may approach their schools or non-governmental organisations that assist in implementing the Programme (“District Organisers”) for enquiries and applications (Click here for contacts of District Organisers). Applications will close on 28 September.