The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) is the city’s largest youth service organisation. Since its establishment in 1960, the HKFYG has been providing opportunities and facilities for the social, educational, cultural and physical development of young people. Income is obtained primarily from government subvention, as well as grants from the Community Chest of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, other trust funds, programme fees, and both private and corporate donations.The HKFYG, through its youth membership network, provides quality services that address the issues and concerns of young people and promotes healthy all-round development. Over 70 service units organise more than 20,000 activities annually, with attendance to the various programmes now standing at five million a year. Over 450,000 registered members are engaged through the online platform, easymember.hk and the HKFYG app.
The HKFYG has 22 Youth S.P.O.Ts. These youth centres provide space and opportunity to learn and develop. They focus on Strengthening Classroom Learning, Continuous Learning Opportunities and Experiential Learning in a Societal Context, offering tailor-made programmes in combination with other provided services. Each Youth S.P.O.T. is equipped with an M21@Youth S.P.O.T. station to facilitate development in creativity and enhance interactions with the community through social media. The NEIGHBOURHOOD First project has become a core component of community-based services. In addition, the Community Team Sports project encourages young people to get physical by participating in sporting activities and learning the values that come with playing with others.
M21 Multimedia Services
By using the Internet, social and new media, the HKFYG connects with young people on their terms and with their chosen mode of communication. M21 is a multimedia centre with the slogan, “It’s all about YOUth”. M21 is comprised of, the Media Lab, the Media Academy and Media Broadcast. The M21 Youth Production Team gives young people a wide platform for imagination and innovation, and offers them hands-on operational experience in production, which are then screened through the M21 Internet Radio and TV, a broadcast network linked up with campus TV and community channels for the public.
The HKFYG has consolidated its School Youth Work Services by delivering professional student-centred services through Youthline 2777 8899, uTouch online outreach, stationing school social work and student support services. The service focus is on youth emotional health and emotional management. The Youth Wellness Centre continues to offer preventive education and treatment for those young people with addictive behaviours.
Youth at Risk Services
Through existing outreaching social work teams and the Youth Support Scheme, the HKFYG Youth Crime Prevention Centre (YCPC) provides five categories of service: prevention and education, crisis intervention and professional assessment, counselling and treatment, multi-disciplinary collaboration and advocacy. Innovative and effective services are provided for youth at risk and young offenders in three main areas: youth crime and deviance, sex-related crises and drug abuse. The YouthLaw website and app, along with the YCPC Hotline 8100 9669, provide information on youth deviance and delinquency and ways to seek help. The WL Residence provides short term residential service for youth.
The HKFYG promotes the concept of “life banking” for young people and as a result, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) organises career expos and offers career counselling services to assist and support the transition from school to work. Enabling young people to achieve their entrepreneurial aspirations, Youth Business Hong Kong (YBHK) provides interest-free start-up loans and mentorship, while The HKFYG Jockey Club Social Innovation Centre offers co-working space and training for social innovators. Through the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Innovation and Entrepreneur Hub and Global Youth Entrepreneurs Forum, local start-ups are given opportunities to explore markets and develop business network outside Hong Kong.
Leadership 21 has, up to now, provided comprehensive leadership training for nearly 140,000 student leaders, numbers which are expected to keep on increasing. Numerous programmes are organised, including Hong Kong 200, a core project, which includes intensive leadership training towards enhancing commitment to serve the community. The Hong Kong Youth Service Award is to honour, acclaim and encourage outstanding young people who exemplify the true spirit of service to the community. Leaders to Leaders enables local youth to learn and share from international leaders. The Hong Kong Leadership Institute is now in preparation of being set up on the premises at the revitalised Former Fanling Magistracy.
The Youth Volunteer Network (VNET) is the city’s largest youth volunteer network, and currently has more than 190,000 registered volunteers who provide more than 800,000 service hours per year. The Heart to Heart Project is a unique programme that brings students and corporate volunteers together to serve the needy through sponsored community services. VNET recently launched a brand new search engine, easyvolunteer.hk, which matches volunteers’ preferences with service opportunities irrespective of time constraints, thus encouraging the spirit of “letting love fill life”.
The HKFYG’s Parent-Child Mediation Centre provides free mediation services, as well as talks, workshops and family activities, to parents and children who are in conflict. The Parent-Child Ambassadors Scheme enables peer to peer support to promote family harmony.
The HKFYG runs two non-profit kindergartens-cum-nurseries, a non-profit kindergarten, an aided primary school and a Direct Subsidy Scheme EMI (English as a Medium of Instruction) secondary school. In each institution, a stimulating learning environment is provided so that each child will receive a well-rounded, holistic education. The Continuous Learning Centre encourages lifelong education through outside formal education platforms.
Creativity Education and Youth Exchange
Programmes to motivate creative and innovative thinking are galvanised through such international and regional competitions and exchanges, including The Hong Kong Student Science Project Competition, The Hong Kong FLL Robotics Tournament and The Hong Kong Green Mech Contest. The HKFYG’s LEAD (Learning through Engineering, Art and Design) Project and the HKFYG Centre for Creative Science and Technology establish learning through multimedia, science and technology. The Youth Exchange Unit organises experiential study tours with different themes to the Mainland and overseas, enhancing a deeper understanding of country, and developing a global perspective.
Leisure, Cultural and Sports Services
The HKFYG has four camps and outdoor activities centres, which offer diversified training programmes to enhance resiliency and self-confidence, strengthen teamwork and improve communication skills. The HKFYG Zhongshan Sanxiang Youth Training Centre provides experiential learning opportunities on Chinese history, culture and the socio-economic development of villages and towns. Platforms for music and the performing arts include the Hong Kong Melody Makers a cappella choir, the Hong Kong Youth Dance troupe, the Hong Kong Youth Band and the Hong Kong Youth Percussion.
Research and Publications
For the past 20 years, the Youth Research Centre (YRC) conducts evidence-based research, along with analytical support on youth concerns. The Journal of Youth Studies provides a forum for professional discussion on youth topics for the advocacy of policies for youth services. Youth I.D.E.A.S. (Ideals, Dedication, Engagement, Aspirations and Service) is a think tank and with the support of YRC, conducts research in the areas of (1) Employment and Economic Development; (2) Governance and Constitutional Development; (3) Education and Innovation; and (4) Society and Livelihood. The Professional Publications Unit is responsible for Federation books. There are two magazines, the English quarterly, Youth Hong Kong, for local and international audiences and the bi-monthlyChinese Youth S.P.O.T. magazine which provides a platform for young people to share their stories and experiences.