Youth Matters
Christmas giving
Happy Christmas
With the holiday season in full swing, we are all thinking about what to give, who to give to and, perhaps, why we give. To our families and friends we want to show love and affection. To the underprivileged we want to offer generosity. To those both far and near, we want to show how much we care.

It is said, 'We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.' Giving to charity is part of Christmas and we are so grateful to you, our partners, for all the help that you offer, but most of all for your continued trust and confidence in us.

May we take the opportunity of sending our warmest greetings of the season, both for Christmas and the New Year to come.
What's NEW
Calling all voters for The HKFYG Organic Farm
For the second year running, the Federation's Organic Farm is up for election in the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre's Top Organic Retailer Election. The period for public voting is 9 December 2013 -13th January 2014. All Hong Kong residents aged 18 or above can cast a vote for their favourite retailer at The HKFYG Organic Farm got the award last year and is among the candidates this year. PLEASE VOTE FOR US! Contact Tin-sang, tel 2838 4808 for more details.

Christmas Offers from the Federation for all HKFYG members with the QR code membership card
As Christmas is getting closer, the Federation has a range of offers for all HKFYG members who have the new QR code membership card. Members earn points when they make payment for classes and programmes. See the gifts on offer here:
. Enjoy an extra 5 points for gift redemptions by showing the HKFYG app on your phone at all youth SPOTs and get a complimentary Christmas sticker. Act now while gift stock lasts! Valid till the end of December 2013. Terms and conditions apply. Contact Ms Mandy Tung at 37557072 or go to for more details.
Coming SOON
Deadline approaching: HKFYG Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest 2014
HKFYG Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest 2014
Monday 23 December 2013 is the deadline for applications to take part in the HKFYG Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest 2014. Since its launch in 2004, the Contest has been widely supported by Hong Kong secondary schools. Over 15,000 pupils at 397 secondary schools have participated so far and in 2013 over 1,800 applications came from 202 secondary schools. The grand finals are on Saturday 22 February 2014. More details from Leo, tel 2169 0255 or at

HKFYG Cup - Basketball Match finals with All Star Basketball Academy
The First HKFYG Cup - Basket Ball League Cup Final is on 23 December at Shek Kip Mei Park Sports Centre. Team Champion and runners-up prizes, plus awards for individual Outstanding Players will be given. Partnered by the All Star Basketball Academy, the event has attracted keen response from over 500 young players in 128 teams at all HKFYG's Youth SPOTs throughout the territory. Contact Annie at 2498 3333 or go to fan page for further details.
Launch of Hong Kong Youth Ice Hockey Campaign with Mr Tsang Tak-sing
Hong Kong Youth Ice Hockey Campaign with Mr Tsang Tak-sing
The opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Youth Ice Hockey Campaign was on 3 December 2013 with Mr Tsang Tak-sing GBS JP, Secretary for Home Affairs, and Mr Thomas Wu, President of the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey, as Guests of Honour. The ceremony ended when Mr Tsang, Mr Wu and Dr Rosanna Wong shot pucks into a net together and started a mini demonstration game by over 80 ice hockey players. Contact Ms Lily Tse at 23377189 or go to http://
for further details.

The Peak Hong Kong, The Peak Tower, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and VTC Alumni Team support visit to The Peak for needy families
On 1 and 8 December, sponsorship from The Peak Tower, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, and the VTC Alumni Volunteer Service Team gave 100 low-income new immigrant family members a chance to see the attractions on The Peak. Participants had been to the HKFYG Parent-child Mediation Centre and the aim was to strengthen relationships and give them a memorable, happy time at one of Hong Kong's tourist highlights. Contact Sam Zou, tel 2402 9230, for more information or go to

YBHK attends Hong Kong Trade Development Council
World SME Expo 5-7 December

Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the expo hosted a YBHK (Youth Business Hong Kong) booth representing 12 businesses, and a YBHK seminar on Starting a Business: Do's & Don'ts which attracted a large audience. The YBHK Entrepreneurship Business Directory, with an overview of YBHK youth entrepreneurs and HSBC Youth Business Award Winners, was published to coincide with the expo and introduce a resourceful reference guide for potential buyers. YBHK supports entrepreneurship with interest-free loans, mentorships and business network-building. More details from Karine, tel 3113 7999.

Love and sex education nowadays: an HKFYG seminar with guest speakers
Love and sex education nowadays seminar
On 7 December Dr Diana Kwok-kan, of The Hong Kong Institute of Education, and Ms Atty Ching, Director of the Touch Counseling Centre, spoke to teachers about how young people learn about love. Findings of a Federation survey of nearly 3,200 students were also released, revealing that 18.4% of respondents had experience of love and sex, 59.2% had begun a relationship before they were 12, and 46.6% said the main influence had been the media. Only 5.4% had learned from school or teachers. Contact Herman tel 2395 0162 or go to for further details.
Thank YOU partners
Thank you partners
LEAD collaborates with IBM for EWeek Hong Kong 2013: signature programme of the US National Engineers Week Foundation
LEAD, HKFYG's Learning through Engineering, Art and Design, has a partnership from November 2013 to May 2014 with IBM China/Hong Kong Ltd. Called EWeek Hong Kong 2013, it acts as a catalyst for problem-solving and collaboration by young people with a seminar on engineering, hands-on activities and an exciting inter-class contest for paper boomerangs. Approximately 3,000 students from 20 Hong Kong secondary schools have registered, 5 times the number of last year's beneficiaries. Contact Edmond, tel 3106 0600, for more details.

Chocolate specials at Chocolat-ier 18-31 December: available only with the HKFYG App
Two special offers are available this Christmas to HKFYG app users at Chocolat-ier, Kiosk No7, B2 Level, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Show the assistants the app on your phone and get a FREE ice cream cone from 18-24 December, and a 20% discount on "Bite Me" collection chocolate from 25-31 December. Chocolat-ier won the Silver award in the HSBC Youth Business Award 2013. Download the HKFYG a now at Shop hours: 12 noon-10pm. Further information from Miranda Ho, tel 3755 7047.
Just Published
Youth Hong Kong December 2013
Housing Dilemma: December Youth Hong Kong:
out today!!

The housing problems faced by the city are examined in this 5th birthday issue of HKFYG's English magazine. Views of experts and young people alike are canvassed at a time when youth applications for public housing are accelerating, property prices are sky-high, and increasing numbers of young adults cannot afford to move out of their parents' homes. Go to to read online. Email, call Ada, tel 3755 7108, or Elaine, tel 3755 7084, for full details or to get a personal copy.

Youth Spot Magazine No. 021

Population policy: in Youth SPOT Magazine coming out Saturday 21 December
In the new issue of the Youth SPOT Magazine, young people talk about Hong Kong's population policy in the context of youth employment in a competitive environment, becoming parents, and making provision for their elderly dependents. Contact Tiffany, tel 3755 7041 or email for more details. Go to for the online version.