Youth Matters
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
We wish you a very prosperous and healthy Year of the Horse!
Neighbourhood First Reunion Lunch
Lunar New Year is about getting together with family and friends, sharing good food, good times and good cheer. However, the underprivileged members of Hong Kong society will not be able to afford lavish celebrations. Let's think of them, now, and set out on the right foot for the Year of the Horse.

Chinese astrology tells us 2014 is the Year of the Wooden or Green Horse, bringing with it plenty of positive attitudes. The horse is regarded as intelligent and reliable, an animal with elegance, power, and compassion, attentive to those in trouble and quick to help those who cannot fight for themselves. What good omens for the year to come.

The Federation has many community engagement programmes which aim to help those at risk, those faced by problems, and those who suffer from poverty. Our recent Neighbourhood First Reunion Lunch on 25 January was an example. 12,000 guests from the heart of our 18 districts were served at table by 100 teams of young people. With the support of many senior government and district council officials there were touching scenes of caring, love and neighbourliness. Watch the videos at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWGGfiFEbJ8&feature=youtube_gdata_player and
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU__AHzg1pg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
What's NEW
Annual Musical Dinner coming up this spring with bands from the US, UK, Japan and Hong Kong
The Sons of Pitches from the UK
Musae, an all-female vocal band from the US, JARNZ╬ę, from Hokkaido in Japan, and The Sons of Pitches from the UK, will be on stage with the HKFYG Hong Kong Melody Makers this spring during the event-packed annual A Cappella Festival. They will also perform at a Musical Dinner on Tuesday 1 April at the Hong Kong Country Club. Contact Bonnie, tel 3755 7101 , for details of tables available at the dinner. Contact Gabriel, tel 2395 5753 for more information about the Hong Kong Melody Makers and the festival.
Giant street party on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront with Project Dance Studio in International CNY Night Parade
Terrence Zee & Crystal Leung
On Chinese New Year's Day, performers from HKFYG's Project Dance Studio will put on a street dance show with the Academy for Performing Arts from 8-9.30pm. 19-year-old Crystal Leung will be the youngest. She overcame a thyroid gland disorder to be there, bouncing back to win a high school street-dancing competition last year. The procession, with our dancers on the Hong Kong Jockey Club float, will start at the HK Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui and move along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Nathan Road. Also to be broadcast live on TV, 31 January. For more details, please contact Terrence Zee, tel 2713 1002, or Miranda Ho, tel 3755 7047.

Courses in effective English at Leadership 21
with former Chief Justice Sir TL Yang

Good English helps expand horizons and gives easy access to global information. Although Cantonese is the first language of most Hongkongers, English is often used in universities and at work. So in this course for 40 Secondary 4-6 students, Sir TL Yang, former Chief Justice, will teach how to master the language effectively. 4 sessions, every Saturday, March 8-29 2014, at Leadership 21. Application deadline: 1 March 2014. Fee: HK$600 or HK$550 for successful applicants who apply one week before the deadline. Go to http://leadership21.hkfyg.org.hk/page.aspx?corpname=leadership21&i=6406 for more details.
Thank YOU partners
Thank you partners
Disney Friends for Change Hong Kong, fully supported by Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, offers grants for community projects by 12-25 year-olds
These grants of HK$8,000 are for Hong Kong youth-led projects demonstrating leadership, creativity, compassion, and the commitment to make a positive impact on the community. Some topics for the projects are helping the underprivileged, promoting harmony, community services for basic needs, and strengthening neighbourliness. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is HKFYG's partner. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2014. Contact Monica, tel 3755 7072 for more details or go to www.YSA.org/Grants/DisneyHongKong.

Sir David Trench Fund for Recreation supports projects at HKFYG Youth SPOTs
Seven HKFYG Youth SPOTs at Shaukeiwan, LOHAS Park, Kin Sang, Tsuen King, Hung Hom, Farm Road & Wang Tau Hom have funding of over HK$100,000 from the Sir David Trench Fund for Recreation. The grants will be used to purchase equipment for seven recreational, sporting and cultural related projects, from ball games to cycling, and from camping to boxing. Contact Brenda, tel 3755 7102 for details.