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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.
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.