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Tackling drug abuse in youth
Ambrose Lee, Secretary for Security

Many Hong Kong youngsters know very little about soft drugs despite the sharp increase in their use. Juvenile drug crime rates have soared with over 30% of all drug crimes in 2007 committed by youth*, 90% of which concern the soft, psychotropic drugs.**

Cheap and plentiful cross-border supplies and the recruitment of students as dealers are two serious new concerns about this trend. Close monitoring of the situation is essential and immediate strategies are discussed in our own recent survey on tackling the problem.***

Strong preventive education tools can help the young understand and resist the temptation of drugs and a clear, powerful anti-drug message is delivered by former addicts talking about their life experience. Parents who consistently explain the physical and psychological results of drug abuse are also very effective.

We need your support in order to help the most vulnerable and will keep you informed of our efforts.



*** HKFYG Youth Study Series: Tackling Drug Abuse by Young People - A Study on Preventive Education and publicity Strategies. See below for a summary.

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Charity football training from Diadora Football for Life Academy click
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New Publication
HKFYG Youth Study Series Tackling Drug Abuse by Young People - a Study on Preventive Education and Publicity Strategies (YS39)

The survey looked at how schools, families and society spread anti-drug messages among young people. Nearly three-quarters of the poll and focus group interviewees said that hearing about the adverse effects of drugs from a former addict would be the most effective deterrent. About 70% thought that knowing the medical effects would also be a strong more...

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Youth Concerns
Party drugs: a problem in Hong Kong and overseas

Ignorance about party drugs (also known as soft drugs and club drugs) is widespread but ignoring the problem of drug abuse will not make it go away. The long-term battle of combating use of drugs such as ketamine, cannabis and Ecstasy involves ensuring that parents, teachers and youngsters are all well-informed...more...
What's on
HKFYG launches series on
national education:
Thirty Years of Reform and
Opening-Up on the Mainland
The Federation will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the mainland's economic reform and opening up with a major triple programme featuring:

a youth forum with keynote speaker and film screening (see below)
a publication with 30 interviews with people experienced in the reforms conducted by HK200 participants
a photo exhibition on reform and opening up on the mainland

HKFYG national education series, activity number 1:
Youth Forum & Film Screening
Date 3-4 May 2008 Time 10 am
Venue HKFYG Building 9/F Auditorium
Keynote Speaker The Hon CY Leung
Target 400 students plus educators
Opening Ceremony
HKFYG Lee Shau Kee College
Date Saturday 26 April 2008
Time 3.30pm
Venue 12 Tin Kwai Road, Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long, N.T.
Officiating Guests
The Hon Michael Suen, GBS, JP, Secretary for Education
Dr The Hon Lee Shau-kee, GBM
Chairman, Henderson Land Development Company Limited
Enquires Ms Lim tel 2146 1128 or Ms Sham tel 3755 7107 email
HKFYG's Hong Kong Melody Makers
Annual Concert
Sing Aloud Move Along The Hong Kong Melody Makers in Concert
Venue Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Jockey Club Auditorium
Date Saturday 26 April 2008 8pm
Guest of Honour Mrs Cissy Pao Watari
Contact Maggie tel 2395 5759 for more information.
What's new
Winners: Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest 2008
Congratulations to the winners of the Grand Finals
Senior Division Champion Lee Sin Yee,
St Paul's Co-Educational College
Senior Division 1st runner-up
Mary Jean Chan, Diocesan Girls School
Junior Division Champion Ophelia Lai, German Swiss International School
Junior Division 1st runner-up Nicole Yuen, Diocesan Girls School
Hong Kong Odyssey of the Mind Programme
Congratulations to winners

Ho Fung College (champion, Problem 1, Division II)
King Ling College (champion, Problem 1, Division III)
POH Chan Kai Memorial College (champion, Problem 2 Division II)
Creative Primary School (champion, Problem 3, Division I)
Maryknoll Covent School (champion, Problem, 3 Division III)
Queen's College (champion, Problem 4 Division III)

Full results can be found at