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Youth Matters
A cry for help online

Youth use the internet as their 24-hour platform for sharing every little aspect of their lives, including their ever-changing moods and emotions. This is true even for those who are depressed and, more worryingly, suicidal. Every minute counts when you find someone desperate online.

Ten days ago, a girl in her early 20s, desperately unhappy about her unresponsive boyfriend, wanted to take her own life. She sought solace by writing to an online forum. Scores of sympathetic replies flooded in. Federation Youthline counsellors went on alert and tried to track her down, but she remained secluded and uncontactable. We called the police and thankfully, tragedy was averted.

What this case highlights is that constant vigilance is needed by those who monitor online forums and blogs, not only to identify potential problems, but then to mobilize a response team into action. This requires an effective, multi disciplinary collaborative mechanism between social workers, police and internet service providers.

No matter how 'real' young people might believe their lives to be on the internet, the truth of the matter is that only real action in the real world can save lives.
Innovation & Technology Scholarship Award Scheme winners announced
Full-time undergraduate winners of awards in this scheme, organized by HKFYG, supported by the Innovation & Technology Commission and sponsored by The Hongkong Bank Foundation, have commitment to innovate and break boundaries in science and technology. 25 scholarships of HK$150,000 will give them wider international exposure and help them obtain relevant industry experience. Officiating at the Award Presentation on 20 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, were Ms Elizabeth Tse Man-yee, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology), Ms Anita Fung, CEO Hong Kong, HSBC
Innovation & Technology Scholarship Award Scheme winners 2012
Ltd, Ms Marjorie Yang Mun-tak, Chairman of Esquel Group, Prof Roland Chin, Chairman of the Award Scheme Administration Committee, Miss Janet Wong, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology and Dr Rosanna Wong, Executive Director, HKFYG. Mr Bernard Chan, Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, chaired the Awardee Selection Committee. Visit, or contact Aggie, tel 2564 7604, for more details.

Winners HKFYG Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest 2012
At the finals of the HKFYG Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest on Saturday 14 April, Anselm Au Chak Sum won the Junior Division and Hubert Cruz was Champion in the Senior Division as well as the winner in the Audience Favourite Awards. Jimin Kang was the Audience Favourite in the Junior Division. This contest, co-organized with the English Speaking Union (HK) and sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Ltd, is the largest of its kind in Hong Kong, with almost 2000 applications from 168 participating schools this year. Contact Carman tel 2169 0255 or visit Website: for more information. Click here for details of the award winners.
Neighbourhood First rice-giving to ease pressure of rising food prices
HKFYG's Neighbourhood First community service teams will deliver rice and visit 2,800 household every month in the coming year to ease the burden on low-income families. This Friday, 27 April, a launch ceremony for the programme will take place with Guests of Honour, Mrs Anna Mak Chow Suk-har, Deputy Director (Services), Social Welfare Department, Mr Li Tak-hong, Wong Tai Sin District Council Chairman, Ms Lily Ng, District Social Welfare Officer for Wong Tai Sin/Sai Kung, Ms Angela Au of the Au Bak Ling Charity Trust and Mr Walter Chan Kar-lok, SBS JP, HKFYG council member. Over 100 Neighbourhood First team members will then deliver rice to Wong Tai Sin households. Call 3755 7072 for further details.
Neighbourhood First
Coming soon
HSBC Youth Business Award 2012 recognizes talent and achievements with HSBC Business
The HSBC Youth Business Award 2012 will be launched on 29 April. The awards are organized by HKFYG's Youth Business Hong Kong (YBHK) and the sole sponsor is HSBC Business. Through the awards, YBHK and HSBC encourage young people to explore entrepreneurship as an alternative to other employment by recognizing the talent of innovative young start-ups and those who offers exceptional services with determination and creativity. Full details now available at the official website Contact Miranda Wong for more information.
HSBC Youth Business Award 2012

Hang Seng Bank Leaders to Leaders Lecture Series 2012 Grand Opening with Hang Seng Bank's Mrs Margaret Leung and Prof Lap-chee Tsui from The University of Hong Kong
The Hang Seng Bank Leaders to Leaders Lecture Series 2012 will be launched on 3 May at 5.30pm in the HKFYG Auditorium. Mrs Margaret Leung, JP, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive, Hang Seng Bank Ltd, and Prof Tsui Lap-chee, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong, will be our Guests of Honour. The theme is Globalisation - Building a Better Hong Kong. Contact Iris Wan, tel 2169 0255 for more details.

Dragon 100 Young Chinese Leaders Forum 2012 call for nominations
The Dragon Foundation's Dragon 100 Young Chinese Leaders Forum 2012 takes place from 5-12 August 2012 in Hong Kong, Tianjin & Beijing, focusing on the theme of Innovation and Development in Tianjin: Manifestation of China's 12th Five Year Plan. Nominations for Chinese participants aged 18-35 with outstanding potential, demonstrated leadership skills, and a commitment to serve the community are invited. The closing date for nominations is 19 May 2012. Contact Stanley, tel 2811 2779, for details.
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2012 Caring Companies bring community involvement into the spotlight
CSR involvement and community partnership are at the core of the Caring Company Awards. We are therefore very glad to report that the Federation has successfully nominated 150 companies and organizations this year. All of them will be invited to an exhibition and Award Recognition Ceremony at Hall 3F - 3G, L3, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Wanchai on Thursday 3 May 2012. Two HKFYG social enterprises, the Organic Farm and Image21 will also be in Hall 3F that afternoon. Please visit, discover and give support. Contact Bonnie 3755 7101 for more details and click here for a list of all our nominations.

Beat Drugs Fund continues Healthy School Programme
A grant of over $460,000 has been made to HKFYG by the Beat Drugs Fund to continue its contributive work to the Healthy School Programme. Anti-drug programmes at the 18 secondary schools in Tai Po which took part in the Trial Scheme on School Drug Testing will be strengthened by the funding, with NGOs including HKFYG providing school social work services in the district. Details from Wilson, tel 3755 7064.

Arts Development Council takes a cappella to youth
A grant of $76,000 has been made to HKFYG by the Arts Development Council to promote a cappella to young people. Events will take place in October and November this year, including a choral concert, a tribute to classic Chinese pop, and a live fusion performance of drama, jazz, and state-of-the-art audio technology. They are expected to attract an audience of up to 2,000. Please contact Connie, tel 2395 5753, for details.

Sir David Trench Fund for Recreation supports projects at HKFYG Youth S.P.O.Ts
Seven HKFYG Youth SPOTs have funding of over HK$122,000 from the Sir David Trench Fund for Recreation. The grants will be used to purchase equipment for recreational, sporting and cultural related projects. Contact Brenda, tel 3755 7102 for details.
Just published
HKFYG's Youth SPOT magazine April 2012
Food, glorious food: in HKFYG's Youth SPOT magazine April 2012
Youth SPOT magazine April 2012 issue number 11 has just been released. It's all about food: treasuring it, tasting it, never wasting it, enjoying it at its best. Young people share their views and tastes. Get your copy now by contacting Kenneth, 3755 7077. Read online at   |   |   Partnership   |   Donations   |   Our Partners   |   Contact us
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