English Public Speaking Contest 2008
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Public speaking with confidence
Good public speaking is an art that involves some very useful skills. It gives empowerment which great orators and junior
employees alike can use to their advantage because excellent speakers not only create rapport but also make a lasting impression on their audience. Once mastered, public speaking skills can give a young person confidence to present anything, from a new theory to new product. In a competitive world this is a great asset.

The Federation's Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest was designed to give youth the opportunity to acquire such skills and put them into practice. At the same time, contestants are motivated to sharpen their spoken English, gaining another valuable accomplishment. With the number of applications for the contest climbing every year, reluctantly we have to limit entries. 1400 participated in the first round and the finals are next week. The English Speaking Union is the co-organizer and the senior champion may go on to represent Hong Kong in London. See below for more details.
English Public Speaking Contest  2008
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What's new
Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest Grand Finals and Awards
Monday 6 April 4:30
9/F Auditorium HKFYG Building
Guest of Honour Mr Ronald Arculli, GBS, CVO, OBE, JP
Judging panel members
Mrs Bethy TAM, Chief Operating Officer,
Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd
Mr Victor MARSH, Vice Consul,
Consulate General of the USA - Hong Kong & Macau
Mr Simon HUNT, Director,
English Language Service, British Council, Hong Kong
Chairman, Executive Committee, English-Speaking Union (Hong Kong)
Ms Deborah YU,
Member of Marketing Committee, District 80, Toastmasters International
Dr Rosanna WONG, DBE, JP,
Executive Director, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.
Five finalists from junior and senior divisions will compete for champion, 1st-runner-up, 2nd-runner-up and two merit awards. Contact Ellsik, tel 2169 0255 for more details.

Charity Raffle tickets on sale now till end April
HK$10 per ticket. Draw on May 11 2009
Forty plus great prizes to be won.
Winners will be announced on 15 May in Sing Tao Daily and The Standard and on www.u21.hk
Contact Ada, tel 3755 7102
20 Stories of Youth Volunteers 2008
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Just published
New book 20 Stories of Youth Volunteers 2008
This 100 page compilation gives accounts of community work done by 20 volunteers registered with the Federation's VNET. Copies are available from the Youth Volunteer network.
ISBN 978-962-8956-84-5. For full details email yvn@hkfyg.org.hk, tel 2169 0032, fax 2893 3034 or visit www.yvn.hkfyg.or.hk
Youth Hong Kong vol 1 no 2
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Coming soon
New issue of
Youth Hong Kong

The financial crisis:
an opportunity for framing alternatives.

The entire issue is devoted to concerns about employment,
want, goals and values in the context of the recession. Register now for your free copy online at youthhongkong.hkfyg.org.hk or email youthhongkong@hkfyg.org.hk
Our thanks to
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Thank you partners
Dragon Foundation
Golf Tournament
Mission Hills Golf Club

Warm thanks go from The Dragon Foundation to the Mission Hills Golf Club for holding a charity
tournament at the club's Dongguan Clubhouse on 26 April to raise funds for the Foundation's leadership programmes. The tournament will begin at 11am and go on till 8pm, with a break for a tee-off ceremony at 12 noon. Contact Phoenix, tel 2811 2779 for more details.

BeatleMania concert tickets from Shaw Brothers
70 free tickets to BeatleMania, a live concert on 21 March, were donated to the Federation by the producers, Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd. The concert, at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre, was a wild success and 70 youth members of HKFYG made the most of the opportunity.

Verdant Foundation Ltd supports HKFYG with purchase of unique donated LEGO model of white grand piano
$50,000 was donated to HKFYG by the Verdant Foundation Ltd for this cleverly built model made by designers Schneider Cheung and Antony Lau. The designers gave the Federation the model as a gesture in support of our services for needy youth. Mr Pater HW Fung, Director, Hong Kong & Taiwan, LEGO Hong Kong Ltd kindly liaised between the Federation and the model's makers and it was put on display at the recent a cappella musical dinner at the Hong Kong Country Club. Contact Bonnie if you would like to know more, tel 3755 7101.

Asia Art Archive Community Museum Project
HKFYG is one of the two community partners collaborating in this project which is organized by Asia Art Archive also in collaboration with the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. We will promote this worthwhile programme from April to May this year, encouraging young people to think about what goes into museums and why. Contact Michelle, tel 2395 5753 for details.

Talks for parents of teenagers with VTC
The fourth talk in a series for parents arranged by the Federation's Parent-Child Mediation Centre and the VTC was given on 29 March at the Business Environment Council. Mr LIU Ah-chuen , Chairman of the Council on Subsidized Secondary Schools spoke about the new academic structure for senior secondary education. Other talks in the series were on internet addiction, Parent-child Communication and overcoming adversity. Contact Tang Wai-hung, tel 2623 3121, for full details.
Dialogue Session with Deputy Director Liaison Office
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Recent events
Dialogue Session on developments on the mainland with Deputy Director, Liaison Office
Mr Peng Qing-hua, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central
People's Government in the HKSAR held a dialogue with a group of over 400 young people in the HKFYG Building auditorium on 27 March. He spoke about the role of youth in mainland development and opportunities arising there for HK young people.

Odyssey of the Mind local competition
winners to go to World Finals

The local competitions, co organized by HKFYG, the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Institute of Education have the Quality Education Fund as principal sponsor. 98 teams from 88 secondary schools, primary schools and youth centres enrolled this year and the seven winners (see list below) will take part in the World Finals in Iowa in May. Mr Kenneth Chen, JP, Under Secretary for Education was guest of honour at the opening ceremony and officiating guests were Ms Junia Ho, JP, Chairperson of Youth Service Committee of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Professor Anthony Cheung, BBS, JP, President of The Hong Kong Institution of Education and Mr Duffy Nam, Chairman of Quality Education Fund Assessment and Monitoring Sub-committee. Contact Kam or Becky, tel 2561 6149 for more details.
Champions of the Local Competitions:
Vehicular Problem - Earth Trek - Division II   Ho Fung College
Vehicular Problem - Earth Trek - Division III   STFA Lee Shau Kee College
Technical Problem - Teach Yer Creature - Division II   Creative Secondary School
Sturctural Problem - Shock Waves - Division III   St. Catharine's School for Girls (Kwun Tong)
Theatrical Problem - Superstition - Division I   St. Joseph's Primary School and PLK Chong Kee Ting Primary School
Theatrical Problem - Superstition - Division III   PLK 1983 Board of Directors' College
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