Youth Matters
Learning from young people
HKFYG Lee Shau Kee College staff & DSE students
The latest results from Hong Kong's public examinations were just released and with them came personal stories from candidates who really touched the heart. Who could not fail to be moved by Tsang Tsz-kwan who has overcome her inability to see and hear and feel through her fingertips, relying on her lips to read Braille to score well? Or by Terry Tsz Cho-ho, a student at the HKFYG Lee Shau Kee College in Tin Shui Wai, who through sheer hard work, became one of only nine students to score top marks in seven subjects?

These two young people, in spite of the odds stacked against them, worked hard, with commitment and passion to realize their goals. And this is why they should serve as an inspiration to the rest of us, young people and adults alike. We are often ready to grumble and moan about the things we don't have. We are good at making excuses or blaming circumstance when we fall short. Sometimes we remain satisfied to stay within our limits and can't be bothered to push ourselves further.

Tsz-kwan and Terry show us otherwise and perhaps the best way to congratulate their fine achievements is to learn from their example.
What's new
Must see! cool new books available now
at special prices for the 2013 Hong Kong Book Fair

A fantastic selection of new books published by HKFYG are on sale at the Hong Kong Book Fair from 17 July till next Tuesday, 23 July. They are on a wide range of topics ranging from dyslexia to youth gangs, finding jobs to public speaking, working holidays to online counselling, and parent-child conflict to volunteering. Special discounts of 30% on cover prices ranging from HK$80-HK$250 apply to all new HKFYG books. Visit us at the General Books Pavilion, Booth 1A-E26, M21@Book Fair 2013 on 1/F Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre or contact Ada tel 3755 7108 email for more details.
HKFYG @ 2013 Hong Kong Book Fair
Coming soon
Project Dance camp at Lady MacLehose Holiday Village on 29 and 30 July
Project Dance camp
From 12 noon on Monday 29 July till 4pm the next day, this annual 2-day dance camp for 14-25 year-olds is coming up at the Leisure & Cultural Services Department Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Saikung Country Park. The Project Dance camp gives up to 120 young people the chance to practice dance steps, exchange ideas and get to know the pros. Classes on Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Popping, House and Urban Dance, all with famous teachers, will be on offer, along with dance appreciation sessions with HKFYG's Project Dance Studio and local dance troupes. A finale dance party concludes the fun and the cost is just HK$250 per person, including overnight at the camp, meals, transport and limited edition camp t-shirts. Contact Terrence Zee, tel 2713 1002/2715 0424 for more details.

HKFYG Futsal 5-a-Side Football Cup for Youth SPOTs in Summer Youth Programme 25-26 July
At Master 5, 1/F Capella HTR, 47 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, about 250 14-18 year-olds will be taking part in the HKFYG Futsal Cup on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July. They will be coming from various Hong Kong districts to participate in this 2-day competition of 5-a-side football matches, played indoors on a smaller than usual pitch with a smaller ball. The event starts at 9am on Thursday and ends at 6pm on Friday next week. Come and see! Contact Mr Sew, tel 2337 7189, for more information.

The full Summer Youth Programme brochure is at
Recent events
Media Counselling Centre opens DSE hotline and M21 hosts DSEonline@M21: dialogue sessions on stress, coping strategies and opportunities
DSEonline@M21: dialogue sessions
MCC, the HKFYG Media Counselling Centre, and M21, the HKFYG Jockey Club multimedia centre, are working hard to support Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) students. MCC has its 2777 1112 counselling hotline open 8am-2am from 14-19 July during the peak stress period. M21 has just completed three live broadcasts of dialogue sessions called DSEonline@M21. They featured panel discussions about preparing for DSE results, continuing study, job opportunities and dealing with the stress caused by exams. Speakers included Mr Eddie Ng, SBS, JP, Secretary for Education, Mr Matthew Cheung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Law Sai-kwong, Principal, Methodist Church HK Wesley College, Mr Chui Yat-hung, HK Polytechnic University, and HKFYG counsellor, Ms Fanny Yu. The 30-minute live broadcasts can now be viewed at More information about M21 can be obtained from James, tel 3979 0000 and from Fanny, tel 3755 7065 or Cecilia, tel 2788 3433/ 3979 0000, about MCC.

Zhongshan Sanxiang seasonal thematic programmes now on offer
The HKFYG Zhongshan Sanxiang Youth Training Programme takes is run in a mansion donated by philanthropist, Mr Chui Pui-kun, at Sanxiang, in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province. This training centre created by HKFYG, accommodates up to 42 in a variety of rooms suitable for 2- 12 guests. Thematic programmes at the centre give youth a better understanding of traditional Chinese culture and provincial agriculture and development, as well as providing a chance to give back to the community through volunteer work. Multi-function rooms and other facilities, including an outdoor retreat area, are available. Very reasonable package prices, including local transport, range from HK$380 for a 1-night, 2-day off-peak programme, to HK$620 for a 2-night, 3-day peak period programme. Further details at, call 2395 5759 or email

Celebrating YBHK: "Meet the Boss" Youth Entrepreneurship Show
Meet the Boss
Earlier this month, the Meet the Boss Youth Entrepreneurship Show celebrated the 8th year of success for Youth Business Hong Kong (YBHK), HKFYG's youth entrepreneurship support scheme. Sponsored by Love Ideas Love Hong Kong, the Show held at Olympian City 2 on 6 July was intended to enhance public awareness of youth entrepreneurship. Honoured guests included Mr Stanley Chan, Vice President of the HK Mortgage Corporation Ltd, Mr Herman Lam, CEO of Cyberport, as well as Mr Joe Ngai and Ms Christina Li of the YBHK Steering Committee. Members of the Commission of Poverty also attended the event. Please contact Miranda Wong, tel 3113 7999, for further details or view snapshots at
Thank you partners
Thank you partners
Co-create Hong Kong project in support of Hong Kong: Our Home campaign
This new project called Co-create Hong Kong will run from July-December this year, engaging hundreds of young people city-wide. It includes Very Hong Kong (拍出香港), with young people capturing the essence of the city on film, Dancing for Hong Kong (共融香港), Animating Hong Kong (點子香港) and Singing for Hong Kong (唱起香港). Run by M21, the HKFYG Jockey Club multimedia centre, the project's major sponsor is The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and the kickoff is this Saturday 27 July at the Piazza C of Hong Kong Cultural Centre with Mrs Carrie Lam, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for the Administration and Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, JP, Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, as Guests of Honour.

Project Bridge at HKFYG YEN seeks employers who give a chance to SLD youth
Project Bridge, supported by the Keswick Foundation, was launched by the HKFYG Youth Employment Network this year to help youth suspected of having or already diagnosed with learning difficulties. The project provides for those with disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, language impairment, and other developmental disorders. First it gives assessment and training to understand strengths and vocational aptitudes. Then it seeks employers who are interested in giving job placements and job trial opportunities to such youth. HKFYG is now appealing to all potential employers to contact us about opportunities suitable for these disadvantaged youth people. Please contact Daniel Fung, tel 3113 7999, if you can work with us. Go to for more details.

Legacy received on behalf of Felix Wong Youth Improvement Award
for youth tackling hardship with positive outlook

The Federation has received a legacy of HK$268,400 from the estate of Lau Yee-kwan (deceased), in support of the Felix Wong Youth Improvement Award. This award is given to 25 deserving nominees every year. We are very grateful to receive such philanthropic donations for our programmes and would like to introduce you to this form of giving. Please contact Bonnie, to 3755 7101 to learn more.

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Champions in Concert
at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

100 complimentary tickets were donated by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for u21 members to enjoy this event on 13 July. It featured Sun Peng, winner of the world's first Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music in 2011; two multiple winners in Chinese music competitions - Sun Huang, first prize winner of twelve erhu national competitions in China, and Su Chang, winner of three major zheng competitions in China, and concert artist with the YouTube Orchestra of the US. Last but by no means least, it starred the King's Harmonica Quintet, who made Hong Kong history by winning first prize in the 1997 World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany. Contact Monica, tel 3755 7072 for more information or go to to read more about the concert.
Just published
Youth Crime Prevention Centre study on adolescent deviant behaviour
Youth Crime Prevention Centre study
HKFYG's Youth Crime Prevention Centre conducted a study on the causes of deviant and delinquent behaviour this year. The report, with analysis by Dr Dennis Wong Sing-wing of City University of Hong Kong & the Excel Life and Development Service Centre, is now available online. Findings show that the main causes are lack of understanding of negative consequences (83%), undesirable peer or triad influences (over 75%), lack attachment to family (over 60%), and pressure at school, work or as a result of financial circumstances (51%). 60% of the young people interviewed are influenced by 3-4 such factors simultaneously. Visit the Youthlaw website to read the full report at It also contains recommended preventive education and treatment strategies. Contact Wilson, tel 3755 7064 for more details.