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YDC Youth Ambassadors Programme 2022 - Accepting Nominations Now

The YDC Youth Ambassadors Programme (the YA Programme) is a flagship youth talent development programme co-organised by the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) and the Youth Development Commission (YDC) with an aim to identify and groom a cadre of young talents who see themselves as future leaders in various fields, who are passionate to serve society, and who are willing to strive for the betterment of the country and Hong Kong.The 2022 cohort is now accepting nominations forwarded by post-secondary institutions, uniformed groups, 18 District Offices, relevant government departments and NGOs providing youth programmes/services.  Deadline for nomination is 17 December 2021.  Programme HighlightsThe 2022 Youth Ambassadors (YAs) will receive top-notch and comprehensive training covering aspects such as public affairs, national and international developments, leadership skills and personal development. YAs will also conduct direct and in-depth exchanges with Principal Officials, senior corporate executives, leading academics and other leaders from the public and private sectors through the YA Programme. Other unparalleled exposure opportunities under the programme include::• Participating in large-scale Government events (including events in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR in 2022) and international conferences held in town;• Leading real-life community projects and formulating innovative solutions for the betterment of society and formulate innovative solutions for the betterment of society;• Participating in visits/exchanges in the Mainland and overseas (subject to the development of the pandemic);• Participating in national and international events outside Hong Kong (subject to the development of the pandemic); and• Being considered for appointment to Government advisory bodies after programme completion, etc.   Please visit the website of YDC YA Programme for more information.

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

HKFYG Online Tutoring Platform

Looking for some assistance to help with your homework? No worry, you can raise your questions to the tutors on the Free Online Tutoring Platform provided by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. The instant tutoring services, suitable for all Primary One to Secondary Three students, are supported by volunteers from enterprises, tertiary institutions and senior secondary schools. These tutors have answered more than 2,000 academic questions since the platform has been launched. The tutoring services are now available on Facebook Messenger and LINE, you can raise questions with just a few clicks! Online Tutoring Platforms:   Website:https://yvn.hkfyg.org.hk/study/ Facebook Messenger:http://m.me/VNET.HKFYG LINE:https://lin.ee/hsidDa2   Service Hours of the Online Tutoring Services (for Primary One to Secondary Three students): Monday-Friday: 4 P.M. to 10 P.M. Saturday: 12 noon to 6 P.M.

COVID-19 Q&A with Young People (Chinese Only)

While this story is only available in Chinese, Episode 4 of the COVID-19 Q&A with Young People provides anti-epidemic tips in English, please click here to view the video on Facebook.

District Youth Activities

Youth Development Programme activities, funded by the Home Affairs Department (HAD), are coordinated and implemented by District Youth Programme Committees (DYPC) in the 18 districts. They consist of the following 3 categories of activities: (a) Summer General Activities for summer holidays in the 18 districts; (b) District Youth Activities organised year-round in the 18 districts; and (c) Territory-wide/Cross-district Youth Development Activities organised year-round. Information and event highlights of the activities are listed on the website of HAD. For the DYPCs that have established a website or social media pages, here's a convenient list for you to browse relevant information and enrol in the activities: Wan Chai DYPC Website: http://www.wcdypc.org.hk Facebook Page Islands DYPC Website: http://www.islandsdypc.org Kwai Tsing DYPC Website: http://www.kwtdypc.org.hk Shatin DYPC Website: http://www.stdypc.org.hk Facebook Page   Please click here for contact details of other DYPCs.

Youth Participation

Youth Development Commission Youth Development Commission (YDC) is established in 2018 to enhance policy co-ordination within the Government. This aims to enable holistic and more effective examination of, and discussion on, issues of concern to young people. The YDC gives specific attention to issues on youth education, career pursuit and home ownership as well as the participation of young people in politics and their engagement in public policy discussion and debate. The YDC is the first Government committee with young members appointed through the Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth. Details of the members of the YDCIf you want to learn more about information on youth development, you may visit the website of the Youth Development Commission. You may also look at the related research reports and surveys commissioned by the former Commission on Youth, or visit the Civic Education Resource Centre located in Chai Wan for other reference books, reports, videos and periodicals related to youth. Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth To provide more opportunities for young people to participate in policy discussions and to understand government operations, Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“MSSY”) launched by the current-term Government has been regularised and expanded to cover more boards and committees. People aged between 18 and 35 are invited to self-nominate to become members of the specified government advisory committees through the MSSY. For details, please visit the website of Home Affairs Bureau. The Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office is responsible for policy research and innovation, co-ordination across bureaux and departments, enhancing public participation in policy formulation as well as rendering assistance in co-ordination work for cross-bureaux policies selected by the senior leadership of the Government. The Office had recruited young people who aspires to pursue a career in policy research as well as policy and project co-ordination on a non-civil service contract basis, so that they can gain experience in public administration, and have more opportunities of direct participation in public policy formulation. Outstanding Youth Commendation Scheme and Outstanding Youth Activity Commendation Scheme In order to give recognition to outstanding young people and related youth programmes, YDC and HAB had set up Outstanding Youth Commendation Scheme which aims to encourage young people to set targets for their personal development and to actively take part in community building and social services, thus setting an example for other young people; and the Outstanding Youth Activity Commendation Scheme, which aims to give recognition to innovative, purposeful and popular district youth programmes. The scheme hopes to encourage the organisation of more high quality and effective activities to promote youth development in districts. Youth Square Situated in Chai Wan, Youth Square is a project commissioned by the Home Affairs Bureau. Since open by phases from mid-2009, it provides a perfect venue complete with comprehensive facilities for young people to fully explore and develop their potential. Child Development Fund The $300 million Child Development Fund set up by the Government in 2008 encourages children aged between 10 and 16 from a disadvantaged background to plan for the future, develop an asset-building habit and accumulate financial assets as well as non-financial assets, through which promotes the longer-term personal development of these children.