Youth in Hong Kong
The youth of our generation currently face intense competition and pressure, thus leaving some of our youth at a huge disadvantage. According to the Census and Statistics Department, the number of unemployed youth who are aged 15-24 as of the 4th quarter of 2018 is 21,700, outranking all other unemployed age groups. Apart from unemployment, they also face different problems including low academic performance, low skills, poverty, seclusion, marginalisation, emotional distress, etc. If these issues are not addressed or given proper support, this can lead to various social problems for them later in life.
- Youth Employment and Training Programme (For youth aged 15 to 24 years with educational attainment at sub-degree level or below)
- “Joyful Living Life” Programme
- “New Generation” Community Experiential Programme
- Fieldtrips and visits
- Workshops and interest classes
In 1999, we began developing youth services and working with the Labour Department and different employer networks on providing comprehensive training and employment support through the Youth Employment and Training Programme (formerly known as the Youth Pre-employment Training Programme). This programme aims to facilitate the upward social mobility of youth by enhancing their skills and fostering their competitive spirit. We also empower youth with disadvantages to become the power that drives other social development. At the same time, we organise different short-term service programmes to guide them in exploring more possibilities for their future through identifying their interest and potential.
- Implement the Youth Employment and Training Programme to provide diversified pre-employment and on-the-job training. This helps youth understand themselves and their work aptitudes further while enriching their job skills and experience.
- Organise “Joyful Living Life” Programme to improve the youth’s mental and physical well-being through the promotion of healthy eating, regular exercise and mental health knowledge.
- Organise community experiential programmes to increase the public’s awareness of both mental health issues and socially vulnerable groups through a series of experiential activities and videos that document the lives of the vulnerable.
- Organise visits to various places such as offices and workplaces to expand the youth’s horizons and knowledge.
- Conduct workshops and interest courses that help youth explore their interests. These initiatives also help to lower their psychological and mental stress.
By simply extending a helping hand, young people, irrespective of their
background, can fulfil their potential.