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The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (or HKFYG, Traditional Chinese: 香港青年協會) is a non-profit organizations in Hong Kong committed to develop youth services. The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) is now the city’s main youth work organisation. Since its establishment in 1960, the Federation 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 Federation is committed to setting up a youth membership network, while continuing to provide quality services that address the issues and concerns of young people’s problems and by promoting healthy all-round development. Over 60 service units organise more than 20,000 activities annually, with attendance to the various programmes now standing at 5 million a year.
The goal of HKFYG is to help young people to fully live their potential and develop well physically, socially, educationally and culturally based. They accomplish this by setting up helping and caring networks, launching various activities and participating in educational work. Innovative facilities and services are constantly updated to meet the ever changing trends and hence best accommodate teenagers need.
As the mission of HKFYG is to help young people to grow and develop as all-round individuals, they offer services in all aspects. Counselling, parenting, online assistance, leadership training are few examples of the services provided by HKFYG which are teenager-based.
HKFYG also wants to raise the public awareness concerning issues about teenagers. They have published magazines every half year reporting the findings of the research on the latest phenomena or trends among young people.
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Building
The Building accommodates the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Head Office, as well as some sub-units of the Social Welfare Department and head offices of 9 other social service agencies and organisations. It is equipped with various facilities and amenities, including a 434-seat auditorium, two multi-function theatres, a multi-media youth and children’s learning centre, meeting rooms, as well as the Café 21, the first Youth Social Enterprise Project launched by the Federation. The facilities are available to social service organizations and the public for booking.
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 services provided. The NEIGHBOURHOOD First Project enhances these community-based services. Each Youth S.P.O.T. is equipped with an M21@Youth S.P.O.T. station to facilitate youth in developing their creativity and interacting with the community through social media.
HKFYG uses the Internet to build connectivity and rapport with young people. Its efforts emphasise exploration in the use of new media and the enhancement of digital literacy. These foster positive use of the Internet by youth. M21 is a multimedia centre and “It’s all about YOUth”. M21 comprises 3 major parts, the Media Lab, the Media Academy and Media Counselling. M21 Youth Production Team gives young people a wide platform for imagination and innovation, and offers them hands-on operation experience in production. The productions are then screened through M21 Internet Radio and TV, a broadcast network linked up with campus TV and community channels for the public.
In order to offer timely support to schools, teachers and students, HKFYG has consolidated our School Youth Work Services by delivering professional student-centred services through 27771112.hk, uTouch online outreach, stationing school social work and student support services. Service foci have been put on study planning, youth emotional health and extended use of new media to provide counselling and to raise awareness of new media's risks. Professional assessment and training for children and youth with special education needs, emotional disturbances and speech problems are provided by HKFYG’s Youth Assessment and Development Centre. The Centre also caters for the gifted young. In addition, Youth Wellness Centre offers preventive education and treatment for young people with addictive behaviours.
HKFYG encourages young people to be law-abiding and contributing citizens. Through our existing outreaching social work teams and 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 plus 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.
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. All of these services aim to develop a school-based curriculum that suits the needs of students, build a solid language foundation and develop independent learning skills. Dedicated teachers and stimulating learning environments provide students with a holistic education enabling every child to excel. The Continuous Learning Centre encourages lifelong education and provides young people with an inspiring learning platform outside formal education.
HKFYG promotes the concept of “life banking” for young people, especially those who are in transition between education and employment. The Youth Employment Network (YEN) organises career expos and offers career counselling services to assist and support our youth. Youth Business Hong Kong (YBHK) provides interest-free start-up loans and mentorship to enable young people to start their own business. HKFYG also operates social enterprise projects to explore opportunities and resources which enhance youth’s employability and competitive ability.
Leadership 21 has provided comprehensive leadership training for more than 110,000 student leaders. The Hong Kong 200 Leadership Project provides youth leaders with intensive leadership training to cultivate their commitment to service and to the community. The Hong Kong Youth Service Award was established to honour, acclaim and encourage outstanding young people who exemplify the true spirit of service to the community, brushing colour into Hong Kong's future. We are now actively preparing for the establishment of a “Leadership Institute” in the revitalised premises at the Former Fanling Magistracy. Our vision is to lay a cornerstone for quality development of talented young people in Hong Kong
HKFYG has set up a Parent-child Mediation Centre dedicated to creating a culture of support through core values essential for harmonious family life. The Centre provides free mediation services to parents and children who are in conflict and organises various educational programmes on effective parenting and harmonious families.
HKFYG’s research centre has produced over 280 poll reports, studies and surveys over the last 20 years. This research increases understanding and serves as a platform for advocacy and policy submission. The Professional Publications Unit coordinates production and promotion of books compiled by Federation staff. The quarterly magazine, Youth Hong Kong, is written for a wide ranging local and international audience and focuses on debate, opinion and statistics concerning local young people. The bi-monthly Chinese Youth S.P.O.T. magazine provides a platform for young people to share their stories and experiences.
The vision of the Youth Volunteer Network (VNET) is to build on Hong Kong’s already strong culture of giving back. VNET, as the city’s largest youth volunteer network, currently has more than 170,000 registered volunteers who provide more than 700,000 service hours per year. The Heart to Heart Project is a unique programme that brings students and corporate volunteers together for sponsored community services to the needy. VNET has also 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” through volunteering.
Programmes include international and regional competitions and exchange such as the Hong Kong Odyssey of the Mind Programme, the Hong Kong Student Science Project Competition, the Hong Kong FLL Robotics Tournament and the Hong Kong Green Mech Contest, which motivate creative thinking. HKFYG’s LEAD (Learning through Engineering, Art and Design) Project and the HKFYG Centre for Creative Science and Technology promote fun and curiosity about learning with multimedia, science and technology. The Youth Exchange Unit organises experiential study tours on various themes to the Mainland and overseas to deepen young people’s understanding of our country, and to develop their global perspectives and inclusiveness.