The 2006-07 Budget

Spring is the best time to plan for the year ahead.

an old Chinese saying quoted by the Financial Secretary

The budget: an issue of concern for all ages

Hong Kong is at last enjoying economic recovery. This is a good sign for celebration but is also a time for clear, analytical, forward planning for people of all ages.

Our special concern is always the young, for whom future employment is vital. According to the latest statistics, unemployment in general is dropping but over 19% of 15-19 year-olds in the job market are out of work and figures for the summer, when school leavers first seek work, are considerably higher. Cuts in funding for pr ogrammes that support self-employment and vocational training would be very discouraging now, when the plight of under-qualified low achievers from low-income families is disquieting.

The Federation encourages youth to be aware of the economic situation in general and how it affects them in particular. This week's Feature Story is an interview with two students about their opinions on government expenditure in the context of financial planning and social policy issues. They will have an excellent opportunity to put their views across at next week's post-budget dialogue session for young people with the Financial Secretary.*

*The Dialogue Session will take place next week on Monday 27 February 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Run Run Shaw Hall, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in Aberdeen. Call 3579 4560 for further details.

Congratulations to our Partner Caring Companies and Organizations

The annual Caring Company Recognition Ceremony took place on 13 February in the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 65 of our partners were awarded the Caring Company or Caring Organization logo and we offer heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all of them. Click here for a complete list…

 
     
Thanks to Partners

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Magazines for HKCEE students -2006 會考攻略:
Thanks to Sing Tao

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Tsueng Kwan O District Forum on Poverty

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My community My website : website design competition for secondary schools :
Organized by Education.atnext.com

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New project with sponsorship from Sino Land Co. Ltd: Breaking Down Barriers to Employment: Enhancing Opportunities for Deprived Young People to Secure Jobs

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Publications

New book available

Parent Education Programme publication "家長教育進修證書課程" available now.

Contact Ms Flora Mok to obtain copies
Tel: 23950161
Email: ycs@hkfyg.org.hk

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Feature Story

Christy & Vincent

 
Budget 2006: views of youth

Financial Secretary, The Hon. Mr Henry Tang, has delivered his 2006-2007 budget this week and the Federation's annual youth opinion polls on the subject will be released soon afterwards. In the meantime we interviewed students learning about the economic situation at Leadership 21...
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Facts and Figures

New Territories youth: few jobs, low wages

Childhood asthma from gas cookers

Federation News

Fundraising Gala Dinner: Four Seasons Hotel Friday 26 May 2006

The Federation is planning a fundraising Gala Dinner. Members of Hong Kong's elite and well known celebrities will perform for charity during the evening so this will be a night to remember, with its theme, ‘Back to the 60s'. Please download a reply slip here to see details. There are three forms of sponsorship. Choose any one or a combination.

Youth Business Hong Kong: now inviting applications

The Federation's " Youth Business Hong Kong " programme is now inviting enrollment for the third batch of participants involved in business start-ups.
Deadline for applications: 15 March 2006
For further details, contact Louisa Lau
Tel 3113 7999, email ybhk@hkfyg.org.hk or visit www.u21.org.hk/ybhk

Core Service Highlight

YEN's job expo

Youth Employment Network

The Youth Employment Network, (YEN), runs youth employment support schemes including career guidance, vocational training and job expos with government and corporate support...read more

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