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Youth Matters
Caring for Neighbours

Neighbourhood First Rice Giving
The Federation's Neighbourhood First is a major community building initiative that encourages young people to care for and support neighbours. Over 3,000 members are in Hong Kong's districts, visiting neighbours, getting to know them, finding out what they need and weaving a safety net of community support. One example of their work with the disadvantaged is a year-round rice donation scheme that began in 2010, courtesy of the Au Bak Ling Charity Trust.

Rice costs the average family about HK$850 each year, a significant portion of a needy family's budget. So this year, 1,000 volunteers aged 16-35 will participate in the rice giving scheme.* The majority are pupils at secondary school who make monthly visits, taking 5 kilos of rice each time to every family. In 2013, their target is 3,650 families, a number that grows every year since the project began.

Since 2010, a staggering 210,000 kilos of rice have been delivered in 14 districts. Thousands of volunteers taking thousands of bags of rice to thousands of families. It means networking, engagement and involvement with the community. It means caring for neighbours because they believe that Neighbourhood comes First.

*See below for news on the Neighbourhood First- community net and rice giving kick-off ceremony this Saturday at Sha Tin Park. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, is Guest of Honour. Another Neighbourhood First community net project is supported by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund with a $2,657,000 subsidy for 3,000 volunteers.Full details at
Hong Kong Odyssey of the Mind 2013 Local Competitions at the Hong Kong Design Institute & Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee)
Hong Kong Odyssey of the Mind 2013
Congratulations to the champion teams at the annual Hong Kong Odyssey of the Mind Competitions (OMP) last weekend. They came from Buddhist Wong Wan Tin College, St. Stephen's Girls' Primary School, Po Leung Kuk Centenary Li Shiu Chung Memorial College and Queen's College. They will go to Michigan for OMP World Finals in May with the two 1st runner up teams, from Marymount Secondary School and Po Leung Kuk Lo Kit Sing (1983) College. The local annual 2-day event was held at the Hong Kong Design Institute and the adjacent Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee) in Tiu Keng Leng, on 6-7 April 2013 when 66 teams from 53 schools and youth centres took part. The Hon. Eddie Ng Hak-kim, SBS, JP, Secretary for Education was Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony. Activities included a team parade competition, Art Jamming, the Creativity Challenge and OMP Games. For further details, please contact Kylie, tel 2561 6149.
210,000 kilos of free rice for needy families distributed by NEIGHBOURHOOD First volunteers courtesy of the Au Bak Ling Charity Trust
3,000 young people will gather at the Main Plaza of Sha Tin Park for the kick-off ceremony on April 13, 2013 at 11am. The Hon. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, will be the Guest of Honour. The young volunteers will visit needy families in Eastern, Kowloon City, Kwun Tong, Shatin , Tsuen Wan, Kwai Tsing, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Tai Po, North District, Wong Tai Sin and Sai kung, Sham Shui Po and Yau Tsim Mong districts every month, showing how kindness and considerateness towards neighbours can build communities. Contact Ms Naomi Yang, tel 37557072, for further details.

Free talks for parents at HKFYG Youth Assessment and Development Centre
On 13 and 27 April 2013 from 2-3.30pm at the HKFYG Youth Assessment and Development Centre on 23/F, Congregation House, 119 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, there will be free talks for parents by Ms Kitty So, Principal of Ching Lok Kindergarten/ Nursery, about primary school placement strategies. Parents whose kids are going to register at primary school this year are welcome to come along and find out about preparing for school life. For details, please go to or contact Anna Liu, tel 2130 4050.
Coming soon
Project Easy - Dyslexic Students Counselling Service II supported by The Community Chest
The Community Chest is giving funding of HK$627,000 for services offered to dyslexic children by HKFYG's Jockey Club Student Support Centre in Tai Kok Tsui. This grant will support the one-year Project Easy - Dyslexic Students Counselling Service II from August 2013 till July 2014. The all-round services, expected to assist 1,130 children, include training, casework, therapeutic groups, and self-esteem building programmes for potential and diagnosed dyslexic students. Talks and training workshops will also be provided for parents, teachers and youth workers. Contact Katie, tel 3422 3161, for more information.

The Case of the Missing School: on stage next month at HKFYG Lee Shau Kee College
in Tin Shui Wa

HKFYG Lee Shau Kee College school play
On Friday 24 May at 7.30, 30 students in Secondary 1-5 at the HKFYG Lee Shau Kee College in Tin Shui Wai will put on the annual school play. The chosen comedy drama this year is The Case of the Missing School by Sue Gordon. The plot involves three pupils who re-visit their old primary school, only to discover that the school has been stolen by an evil genius. A warm invitation is extended to parents and school supporters alike. Please email or call the school, tel 2146 1128, by Friday 19 April, if you would like seats.
Thank you to all our partners
Thank you to all our partners
Integrity: a micro movie production partnership scheme with the ICAC
With funding of $252,000 from the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), this scheme's aim is to cultivate integrity among young people. The scheme began in March 2013 and will run till December 2013 at the HKFYG M21 Media Centre. Participants show awareness of integrity through the medium of micro movie and the top 3-5 candidates shortlisted will receive sponsorship of up to HK$20,000 each to make a 12-16 minute micro movie. Selection criteria include the impact of the message on interpretation of integrity, the level of creativity and production experience. Online applications at Submission deadline 3 May 2013. Results will be announced in mid June. Further information from CK Chow, tel 3979 0040.

Sparklers at Project Dance Studio
Sparklers: a programme for secondary schools from Project Dance Studio at HKFYG Farm Road Youth S.P.O.T.
This youth social enterprise, sponsored by the Home Affairs Bureau, is at HKFYG's Jockey Club Farm Road Youth S.P.O.T. extension in Rm107-109, G/F, Rose House, Ma Tau Wai Housing Estate, To Kwa Wan. Partners include professional dance advisers, senior mass media producers and the district council. Advisory committee members are Ms Angela Hang, Director of Studio Danz, Ballkei Tai, Creative Media Director, Mr Harry Yu and Ms Carmen Lo, chartered accountants, and Mr Cheung Kai-ki, professional dancer and commercial dance studio director. Thanks to all for the commitment to young dancers and entrepreneurs. Sponsors include Youth Square, the venue provider, and Dojo Studio who videoed the dancers. Project Dance Studio is open 2pm-10pm, Mon-Fri, 10am-10pm, Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun. Dance, play group and fitness classes are offered to children, teens and parents. Contact Terrence, tel 2713 1002, for more details and visit to see the Sparklers video.

Dragon Foundation Golf Tournament at Mission Hills Golf Club April 19
Mission Hills is hosting this annual golf tournament at their Dongguan Clubhouse on 19 April this year. Thanks go to our major sponsors, Mr Richard Li Tzar-kai and the Shui On Group, and our Gold Patrons, Gale Well Group Ltd / L & T Charitable Foundation Ltd. We also thank warmly advertisement sponsors Chevalier Group, Prince Jewellery & Watch Company, Shine and Visual Culture, official golf media partner and in kind sponsor GOLF VACATIONS, plus in kind sponsors Brand Art, Infinitus, Ocean Park Corporation and The Peninsula Hong Kong. The Hon Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, GBS, MBE, JP, Prof Frederick Ma Si-hang, GBS, JP, and Mr Robert Chan Hing-cheong, will be the Guests of Honour at this event in support of Dragon Foundation youth leadership training programmes. Visit or contact Mabel, tel 2811 2779, for further details.
Recent events
HKFYG Youth Theatre stage plays at Youth Square on Sunday April 7
A group of talented young playwrights wrote two original stage plays that were staged at Youth Square in Chai Wan last weekend. The actors were all members of HKFYG's Hong Kong Youth Theatre and all the cast and backstage hands were under 25. The plays, Backpacker and Grassroots reflected the thinking of Hong Kong Youth Theatre members about love, lifestyle and sense of belonging.The audience was very impressed with the creativity of the set and the quality of production and the play has received rave reviews. The HKFYG Youth Theatre group's next production is scheduled for May of 2013. Contact Alice, tel 3755 7067, or Michelle, tel 2395 5753, for more details.
Just published
HKFYG Journal of Youth Studies: Youth Development in a Multimedia World
Journal of Youth Studies Serial 31
Now available from the HKFYG Youth Research Centre, this latest issue of the HKFYG Journal of Youth Studies (Serial no. 31), presents articles on the challenges, and the need for literacy, among young people in the multimedia information era. Discussions about the popularity of the smart phone, the rise of social networking sites, and the risks of internet addiction for youth are included. Academic articles also include the subject of life education for young people. These focus on comparative experience in mainland China, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong. Go to to read the abstracts or contact Queenie, tel 3755 7042, for further details.   |   |   Partnership   |   Donations   |   Our Partners   |   Contact us
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