Youth Matters
Taking a gap year: the 'GPS' option
A gap year can open young eyes: to possibilities and horizons, to goals and directions. With GPS, the new gap year programme on offer from HKFYG, taking time away from school can be combined with acquiring job skills in Hong Kong.

The GPS programme is the initiative of the Federation's Youth Employment Network. Designed with the lower academic achievers in mind, it is tailor-made for students about to enter Secondary 4-6, thousands of whom will not get a university place. Instead, guaranteed a place back at school after the gap year, and with their parents' consent, they go into job placement schemes with HKFYG's partner employers. If the placement works out well, employers give them scholarships to be spent on further education.

This is not a conventional gap year but it really can open up opportunities. Without opportunity young people become discontented and disappointed. With it they thrive.

GPS needs more employer partners. See 'What's new' below for more details.
Congratulations all round
Labour Department's Youth Pre-employment Training Programme/Youth Work Experience Training Programme gives awards to four HKFYG YEN trainees
Four of the nominations made by the Federation's Youth Employment Network (YEN) for the 10 "Most Improved Trainees 2013" (展翅青見超新星2013) have been selected for the award this year. They all worked in placements arranged by YEN as part of Labour Department Programmes. They are Miss Yeung Wing-ting from the Airport Ambassadors Project, Miss Lo Hei-man from Hair Do Stylist Project, Mr Chung Kin-shing from the Ocean Park Retail Training Project and Miss Chan Sze-nga from Many Wells Property Agents (祥益地產). Congratulations to the four, their case managers and employers. The award ceremony will be held at 7.30pm on 27 August at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Contact Gary, tel 3113 7999, for more information.

Congratulations to school teams from HKFYG for success at World Green Mech Contest in Taipei this month
Teams from POH Chan Kai Memorial College and Tai Po Old Market Public School (Plover Cove) had excellent results at the 2013 World Green Mech Contest in Taipei on 3 August. In junior and senior secondary divisions, teams from POH Chan Kai Memorial College were the champions and the senior primary division team from Tai Po Old Market Public School was 2nd in Overall Creative Design. Well done! Contact Alice, tel 3755 7067 for more details.
What's new
GPS: a new kind of gap year for students to discover where they stand
and find direction for the future

GPS from YEN
For the 80,000+ students who do the Diploma of Secondary Education exams every year, only 15,000 will get subsidized university places. For those who fail, disappointment looms. Disinterested in school life they are at risk of abandoning the 'ship' of education. GPS, an HKFYG Youth Employment Network initiative starting up this summer, is a new kind of gap year. From September, participants can take a year off and go to work instead of going back to school. Success in the job will bring them HK$12,000 scholarships to extend their education. GPS is recruiting 1-2 students from each school till October. We have some major employers signed up but we need more. Call Chi-wai, tel 3113 7999 or go to http://yen.hkfyg.org.hk/page.aspx?corpname=yen&i=5887 for more information.

Chinese Antique Jewellery Workshops in September with Lisa Cheung
Chinese Antique Jewellery Workshops
A new course by Mrs Lisa Cheung on the design and creation of fashionable antique jewellery pieces is being hosted by HKFYG this September. Mrs Cheung, founder of Lisa's Collection, is a highly respected antique jewellery designer and artefact restorer. She will give students hands-on opportunities to apply their creative ideas to ancient Chinese pieces. The 2-part course is on Saturday 7 & 14 September, from 10am-12 noon in the HKFYG Building. Fee: HK$500. Suitable for anyone aged 16 or over. Enrolment & enquiries: tel 3755 7021 / 2130 4000. Website: http://clc.hkfyg.org.hk/page.aspx?corpname=clc&i=6189
Coming soon
Join HKFYG Hong Kong Melody Makers: auditioning deadline 17 August
HKFYG Hong Kong Melody Makers
The HKFYG Hong Kong Melody Makers are well known for their refreshing a cappella voices and innovative performances. Members are not only young talented musicians with great voices, but also a group of friends who share a passion for music and singing. Applications to audition for the choir can be through school or music organizations or by personal application, from anyone aged 16-30 who can sight-read, has at least three years' choral experience, can play a musical instrument or is versed in another branch of performing arts. Deadline: 17 August. Audition dates: 21/28 August 2013, 7pm-10pm. Call Mr Lee 2395 5753, e-mail hkmm@hkfyg.org.hk for more info or go to http://hkmm.hkfyg.org.hk/page.aspx?corpname=hkmm&i=2566

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Thank you partners
Thank you partners
Turning Point - Improvement Award Ceremony recognizes youth at risk who overcome challenges
HKFYG's Youth Crime Prevention Centre provides prevention services, counselling treatment, rehabilitation services and advocacy in the areas of youth crime, sex crisis and drug problems in the young. The Turning Point - Youth Improvement Award recognizes the best efforts made by young people who overcome such challenges. Secretary for Security, Mr Lai Tung-kwok, SBS, IDSM, JP will be our Guest on Honour at the ceremony to be held on 25/F, HKFYG Building, Thursday 22 August, 3.30pm-4.30pm. We will also have the pleasure of the company of Ms Lorensa Mak Suk-kwan, Social Welfare Department Chief Social Work Officer (Youth) as well as volunteer advisors, professional volunteers, police inspectors and other partners. Contact Tsz-ching, tel 2487 6151 or go to http://ycpc.hkfyg.org.hk/ for more information

Meet Eugene Yau at YBHK Dialogue with Successful Entrepreneurs courtesy of Love Ideas Love Hong Kong
Mr Eugene Yau, Founder and CEO of Eugene Group, publishers of professional information about parental care, parenting, child-care and children education, will be talking to 100 young people at the HKFYG Building on 4 September at 7 pm. Aspiring young entrepreneurs will glean insight and tips from him at this fourth talk in the Youth Business Hong Kong (YBHK) Dialogues with Successful Entrepreneurs, sponsored by Love Ideas Love Hong Kong. Register now at http://ybhk2.hkfyg.org.hk/sharing/. If you have missed past seminars by Dr Vincent Lo, GBS JP, of Shui On Group or Dr Lawrence Fung , GBS, of Hong Kong Economic Times Holdings Ltd and Dr Jimmy Tang, MH, of Prince Jewellery & Watch Co, look out for them here. Contact Miranda Wong, tel 3113 7999, for further details.

Dragon 100 Chinese Youth Leaders Forum 10th anniversary launched
Dragon 100 - 2013
The Dragon Foundation's Dragon 100 Youth Leaders Forum 2013 is taking place from 10-17 August 2013 in Hong Kong and Taiwan, focusing on the theme of Chinese Culture: Continuity and Innovation. At the opening ceremony on Saturday 10 August, Guest of Honour, Ms Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary, Home Affairs Bureau, gave the opening address. Guest speakers were Prof Chu Hung-lam, Chair Professor at the Dept of Chinese Culture, HK Polytechnic University and Director of the Confucius Institute; HK, Mr Eric CM Lee, Director of Heritage Conservation, LWK & Partners, Architects; and Prof Zhao Zhongzhen, School of Medicine, HK Baptist University. Thanks also go to the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation for their donation of $100,000. Delegates will join focus group discussions on the development of Chinese culture, and visit museums and sites of creative or cultural projects, such as the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of History, the National Palace Museum and the City Hakka Cultural Park in Taipei. Contact Mabel, tel 2811 2779, for details.