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Strive and Rise Programme

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.

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.