Youth Matters
Leaving no child behind
Hong Kong is facing an ever-widening income gap. What is most worrying for us is evidence which shows that one in four children live in poverty, including 16,000 children who belong to families that cannot afford to feed them. But there is also the worrying figure that 126,000 children lack at least one school-related item such as an internet connection at home, or at least one extra-curricular activity after school. What can you do to help them?

Through the Federation, you can get involved in numerous programmes and projects designed to address this particular challenge. Examples include offering tutoring or mentorship; funding access to the internet at the Federation's Youth S.P.O.Ts; enabling children to have the opportunity to participate in sports, music, or tutorial lessons after school.

Come and join our efforts to make sure that no child is left behind. Call Ms Bonnie Cheung, tel 3755 7101 and find out how you can help.

What's new
Kwai Chung Hospital and HKFYG Youth Crime Prevention Centre launch new
service for youth drugs abusers and youth at-risk

Dr Rosanna Wong,  Commissioner for Narcotics, Mrs. Erika HUI, J.P. and Chief Executive of Kwai Chung Hospital Dr. William Lo
The HKFYG Youth Crime Prevention Centre (YCPC) is cooperating with Kwai Chung Hospital to launch a new service called Project IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). YCPC aims to give professional assessment and counselling for delinquent youth, those with criminal behaviour, and those who take drugs or take risks with sex. The kick-off was on 28 October at Kwai Chung Hospital. Mrs Erika Hui, JP, Commissioner for Narcotics, and Dr William Lo, Chief Executive of Kwai Chung Hospital, were officiating guests. Dr Cheung Wai-him of Kwai Chung Hospital, spoke about the correlation between drug abuse and mental health, quoting YCPC's Project Shine II research findings. These showed that around 45% of youth drug abusers had severe or extremely severe anxiety symptoms. About 30% had severe or extremely severe depressive symptoms. For more details, visit or download the Youth Law app. Contact Bob, tel 2487 6151 for more details.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust supports Very Hong Kong
video and photo competition

Very Hong Kong
Voting for videos entered for HKFYG's Very Hong Kong Video and Photo Competition starts today, Wednesday 6 November and continues till 11 November. Go to and click "Vote Now" to participate. Part of the Co-create Hong Kong Campaign, the competition is sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and partnered by the Very Hong Kong Festival Foundation Association. Entrants have captured on film, in the course of just one day, the very essence of Hong Kong. Take a look! Prize-giving on 30 November at HKFYG's M21 multimedia centre with many prizes plus coupons for movies. Contact CK Chow, tel 3979 0040, for more details.
Coming soon
My Commitment to Hong Kong: Youth Service Award Presentation Ceremony
Hong Kong Youth Service Awards
On Tuesday 12 November, The Hon Leung Chun-ying, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Executive, HKSAR Government, will present Hong Kong Youth Service Awards to young people aged between 18-35, who have gone beyond individual achievements and who have demonstrated the core values of service to Hong Kong. Professor Joseph JY Sung, SBS, JP, Vice-Chancellor / President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong will address the audience at the inaugural ceremony for this annual award. It publicly encourages individuals to become role models, particularly to their peers, inspiring others to follow in the footsteps of service to Hong Kong. Contact Iki Chan or Rita Fan for further details or go to

Talks on JUPAS course selection strategy with HKFYG's DSE @ 2777 1112 counselling service at HK Poly U's Hong Kong Community College
The HKFYG DSE @ 2777 1112 counselling service, in conjunction with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, is organizing talks for Secondary 5 and 6 students and their parents on JUPAS course selection strategy, as well as public examination skills. The talks take place on 16 November 2013at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Hong Kong Community College, 9 Hoi Ting Rd, Yau Ma Tei, 2pm-4.30pm. Register now at Contact Cecilia, tel 27883433, for further information.

Hong Kong Arts Development Council and HKFYG host Street Dance Camp in Sai Kung
Hong Kong Street Dance Camp
HKFYG will co-present the Hong Kong Street Dance Camp from 6-8 December 2013 with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council at the HKFYG Jockey Club Sai Kung Outdoor Training Camp. A wonderful line-up of world famous street dance originators, including Loose Joint, Terry Wright, who represents the Elite Force Crew, from Brooklyn, New York. With other overseas masters such as Ken Swift, Shan S., Tony GoGo, Jr Boogaloo and Nahoko Wright, local professional dance tutors renowned in Hong Kong, aim to raise the profile of street dance, its history, and the skills it takes. This 3-day -2-night dance camp will have about 20 local senior dancers to guide participants to a breakthrough of expressive creativity and a passion for dance! Contact Michelle, tel 2395 5753, for more details. Go to to apply. Deadline 16 November.
Thank you partners
Thank you partners
We Get It - Musical on Air !!! with RTHK Community Involvement Broadcasting Service
Marvellous news! Four HKFYG Youth SPOTs have succeeded in their application for funding from the competitive RTHK Community Involvement Broadcasting Service. So the first ever Federation musical, Neighbourhood First! will go on air, hosted by RTHK's digital channels, in April 2014. The musical is all about a neglected private housing estate and how the attitudes of its residents change. Many young people are excited and want to promote the idea of mutual care for quality neighbourhoods. Auditioning for young performers takes place on 30 November and the cast will be announced in early December 2013. Contact Jolene, tel 2445 5777, for more details or go to

A Night at the Library - Journey of Science & Creativity
with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

A Night at the Library - Journey of Science & Creativity
77 teenagers spent the night out from 11-12 October, having fun at the newly opened Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library. The programme, A Night at the Library - Journey of Science & Creativity, was jointly organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and HKFYG's Centre for Creative Science and Technology to cultivate youngsters' interest in science, inspire creativity, and promote the library's resources with games and other activities. It was held at night, with a mysterious atmosphere to encourage curiosity and featured a science & tech workshop, a creative photography journey, a round-the-library race, and stargazing on the green roof. Contact Ally, tel 2561 6149, for more info about this fun programme.

Support for migrant children: a student exchange programme in Dongguan supported by Commission on Youth
The Commission on Youth is funding a Community Participation Scheme for Organizing Study Tours to the Mainland 2013-14. It will enable the Federation to organize tours to explore developmental needs of migrant workers' children and the support offered to them in Dongguan. Beginning with a kick-off ceremony on 23 November, the programme includes a series of study tours for Hong Kong students plus exchange trips for mainland students. The HKFYG Youth Exchange Unit is running the tours from November 2013 to March 2014. All together over 500 youth from Hong Kong and the mainland will take part. Contact Sharon, tel 3586 8448, for more details.
Just published
Pressures and needs of young people with student loans:
a new HKFYG Youth Study Series report

HKFYG Youth Study Series 49
Recent case studies and an online survey by HKFYG revealed that 65.5% of tertiary students with government loans worked part-time in the past year, for an average of 33.8 hours per month. In the face of great financial pressure, which they rated on average as 7.3 on a scale of 0 to 10, students of publicly-funded programmes expected debts up to HK$109,000 upon completion of full-time studies. Those in self-financed programmes expected the amount to be HK$192,000. Overall, only 15.7% said that they were very confident about being able to repay the loans on time after graduation. For more details of the HKFYG Youth Study Series 49: Daily Needs and Financial Pressures of Young People with Government Loans, contact Amy Yuen, tel 3755 7022, or go to