2014-2015 Activities

#1

Volunteer Training Scheme 2014

 

Introduction
“Ignite the Spark Within, Let your Story Begin”

 

By collaborating with teammates in this project, it is hoped that we may awaken the dormant sense of selflessness which we believe is inherent in every human being. The ambition is to reflect their responsibility as an individual by giving them the opportunity to interact with the underprivileged in Hong Kong. Through Volunteer Training Scheme 2014, we endeavour to rouse and consolidate the youth’s engagement with our society such that they will learn – or continue– to provide for those in need.

 

Target Group

60 students from Secondary 3 to Secondary 5 (equivalent to Year 10-Year 12) in schools in Hong Kong.

 

Service Targets

  • The Mentally disabled

  • The Physically disabled

  • The Blind (visually impaired)

  • The Deaf

  • Young Children

  • The Elderly

 

Tentative Programme Rundown

 

Orientation Day

 

Date: 1st November 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 9:45am - 17:15pm

Venue:  Meng Wah Complex 3, HKU

              HKU Campus (Various locations)

 

TIME                 ACTIVITY

09:45 – 10:00  Registration

10:00 – 10:10  Welcoming by President of HKOSA

10:10 – 10:30  Introduction of VTS, PICs, Group Ambassadors, OCs,

                          Guests, Service Centres and Guest Organisations

10:30 – 11:00  Introduction of Service Experience Week

11:00 – 11:10  Division of Groups

11:10 – 12:00  Ice-Breaking Games

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:30  Speech by 1st Guest of Honour

                         Mr. Wayne CHAU, Pui Por

                         Hong Kong Spirit Ambassador 2010, Awardee of Hong Kong Volunteer Award

13:30 – 16:30  Mass Orientation Activities

16:30 – 17:00  Speech by 2nd Guest of Honour

                          Ms. SZE, Lai Shan

                          Community Organiser of Society For Community Organisation    

17:00 – 17:15  Photo-taking Session & Debriefing

17:15                Dismissal

 

 

Exposure Day

 

Date: 9th November 2014 (Sunday)

Time: 11:30 – 13:45 // 15:45 – 18:30    

Venue: Dialogue in the Dark, Mei Foo 

 

TIME                 ACTIVITY

11:30 - 13:45  Session 1 (Elderly, Young Children)

15:45 ­‐ 18:30  Session 2 (Physically Disabled, Mentally Disabled, Blind, Deaf) 

 

 

Organisation Visit Week

 

Period: 8th to 15th November 2014

Venue: Various Service centres and NGOs

 

Organisation Visit – TWGHs Ho Yuk Ching Workshop cum Hostel 

Date: 13th November 2014 (Thursday)

Time: 18:45pm - 19:45pm   

Venue: G/F – 1/F, 3 Hung Ling Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon

Group: The Mentally Disabled

 

NGO Visit – Caritas Caine Road Community Centre 

Date: 15th November 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am   

Venue: Room 032, G/F Caritas House, No. 2 Caine Road, Hong Kong 

Group: Young Children, The Physically Disabled, 

 

Organisation Visit -­‐ Haven of Hope Day Care Service for Severely Disabled Persons 

Date: 15th November 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon    

Venue: TBC   

Group: The Blind, The Deaf 

 

Organisation Visit -­‐ Haven of Hope Day Care Service for Severely Disabled Persons 

Date: 15th November 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 11:00am - 13:00pm   

Venue: 5/F, 8 Pui Shing Road, Hang Hau, New Territories 

Group: The Physically Disabled

 

Organisation Visit -­‐ NGO Visit – Helping Hand Hong Kong 

Date: 15th November 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 14:00pm - 16:00pm   

Venue: 12 Borrett Rd, Mid-­‐levels, Hong Kong 

Group: The Mentally Disabled, The Elderly 

 

Organisation Visit – Hong Kong Assocation for the Deaf Youth Section (Sign Language Course Part 2) 

Date: 15th November 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 14:00pm - 16:00pm  

Venue: TBC   

Group: The Deaf   

 

 

Volunteer Day

 

Date: 16th November 2014 (Sunday)

Time: 12:45pm – 17:30pm

Venue: T3-4, Meng Wah Complex, The University of Hong Kong

 

TIME                 ACTIVITY

12:45 – 13:00  Registration

13:00 – 13:30  Speech by 1st Guest of Honour

                          Mr KUEN Ping Yiu

                          香港傑出義工獎得奬者 

13:30 – 14:00  Speech by 2nd Guest of Honour

                          Ms CHEA Shuk-mui

                          香港傑出義工獎得奬者 

14:00 – 15:00  Sharing Session (Exposure Day & Organisation Visit)

15:00 – 15:15  Rehearsal (Pledge)

15:15 – 15:30  Break

15:30 – 16:00  Speech by 3rd Guest of Honour

                         Ms Flora Chung

                         CEO at Agency for Volunteer Service

16:00 – 16:15  Pledge Ceremony

16:15 – 17:15  Presentation of Service Project Proposals

17:15 – 17:30  Photo-taking

17:30                Dismissal

 

 

Planning of Service Projects

 

Date: Saturday, 1st November 2014 – Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Participants are expected to draft a service proposal under the guidance of the Organising Committee 

 

 

Service Week

 

 

Date: Saturday, 22nd November 2014 – Sunday, 30th November 2014

Venue: Service Centres of Supporting NGOs 

 

 

Closing Ceremony

 

Date: Saturday, 6th December 2014

Time: 13:15 – 17:45

Venue: CBC, Chow Yei Ching Building, The University of Hong Kong 

 

TIME                 ACTIVITY

13:15 – 13:30  Registration

13:30 – 14:00  Speech by 1st Guest of Honour

                          Dr Vivian Taam Wong

                          Chairman of Friends of the Earth HK

14:00 – 14:30  1st Round of Service Report Presentation by participants

14:30 – 14:45  Break

14:45 – 15:15  Speech by 2nd Guest of Honour

15:15 – 15:45  2nd Round of Service Report Presentation by participants

                          Ms Heidi Kluender

                          Executive Director of Nepal Youth Foundation Hong Kong

15:45 – 16:30  Secret Task

16:30 – 17:00  Ripples Videos

17:00 – 17:30  Issue certificates

17:30 – 17:45  Photo-taking

17:45                Dismissal

 

 

Entrance Requirement and Eligibility

 

We will send invitations to around 110 secondary schools in Hong Kong for nominations of applicants. Schools will be encouraged to nominate students demonstrating passion in serving the community to join the project. Each school will be invited to nominate a maximum of five students to participate in this activity. Self-nomination by students will also be accepted, in which case a school reference letter would be optional. Should we be unable to accept all applicants, due to the limited number of places, participants will be selected based on their past experiences, understanding in community services, and recommendation from schools (if any).

 

The participants should:

➢          Be eager to learn about new things;

➢          Demonstrate initiative in taking up social responsibilities;

➢          Feel passionate about providing for the community; and

➢          Be influential, dynamic and empathetic.

 

Application Procedures

 

Application Form

 

Participant

Please click here to download the application form. The form must be printed out and filled in by hand for postal applications. Please be reminded that the recommendation form from school is not compulsory. Both postal and email applications are accepted.   

 

By post: HKOSA, Flat 15B, Kiu Fu Commercial Building, 300 Lockhart Road, Wanchai

By email: vts2014@osa.org.hk

 

Deadline of application: 22nd October 2014 (Wed)  

 

 

#2

Hong Kong Youth Summit 2015

 

 

Introduction

 

Hong Kong Youth Summit (HKYS) 2015 will be held from 1st March, 2015 to 4th April, 2015 at the University of Hong Kong. It is a platform where foresighted teenagers convene to debate and confront issues in a topical area of social concern in Hong Kong to foster mutually agreed strategies to tackle their associated challenges. Through such, we shall give voice to our youth and provide a glimpse into the future of our city.

 

Our theme
 

"Releasing the Sticky Floor – Combating the Stagnation of Social Mobility"

 

HKYS 15 takes Hong Kong’s plateauing social mobility as its theme under the title "Releasing the Sticky Floor – Combating the Stagnation of Social Mobility". Our title alludes to the metaphorical “sticky floor” of income, power and esteem which appears when a statistically significant proportion of the population remains in the same “social floor” into which they were born.

 

By taking our increasingly viscous social mobility as the theme of HKYS 15, we hope to direct our youth’s attention to this worrying trend and cultivate our youngsters as the catalyst for wider public awareness and the conversation on remedies towards this issue.

 

The technicalities

 

In HKYS 15, student delegates will assume the roles of an array of stakeholders in Hong Kong. Delegates will be placed in a Commission (e.g. Housing; Education) related to their stakeholders’ concerns. They must defend their stakeholders’ interests in a series of Commission Meetings and strive towards a consensus with other parties to resolve the issue on the table. The resolutions reached at the end will be collected in the Resolution Booklet, which will be delivered to relevant organisations and decision-making bodies to reflect the views of our youngsters.

 

Commission Meetings will be supplemented by a series of Interviews and Excursions as well as seminars and talks given by our guests-of-honour. Delegates will come into close contact with actual members of their stakeholders’ group and the leading experts on the social issues being discussed. Workshops in Commission Meeting rules and public speaking will also be arranged. These experiences, in addition to the Information Pack prepared by the Organising Committee, will allow delegates to engage in productive discussions competently.

 

The unique feature of HKYS 15 and all past Hong Kong Youth Summits is that all Commission Meetings will occur simultaneously. There will be no less than 7 stakeholders represented in each Commission. This distinctive arrangement makes it possible for diverse and lively discussions on an array of issues to take place over the course of a month. All delegates will benefit from the insights produced in separate Commission Meetings when they convene for the Final Summit and by reading the Resolution Booklet.

 

Our vision

 

By the end of HKYS 15, delegates shall not only have developed in-depth knowledge on the designated social issues but also such essential skills as public speaking, negotiation tactics, and compromise. Ultimately, HKYS 15 aspires to take HKOSA a humble step closer to our goal to nurture the next generation of socially conscious and responsible leaders for Hong Kong.

 

Target Group

 

Local students from Form 3 to Form 5 (Year 10 – Year 12)

 

Programme Rundown

 

 

1. Orientation and Delegate Training Day

 

Date: 1st March, 2015 (Sun)

Time: 09:30 – 18:15

Venue: CPD-LG.18, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

 

 

TIME                 ACTIVITY

09:30 – 10:00  Registration

10:00 – 10:05  Welcoming by the President of HKOSA

10:05 – 10:25  Introduction of Programme Theme and Organising Committee Members

10:25 – 11:20  Ice-breaking Session 

11:20 – 12:00  Introduction of Programme Details by Project Chairpersons 

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 15:00  General Affairs Department

15:00 – 17:30  Delegate Training & Introduction of Commissions

                          Mr. Robert Mingey

                          Instructor & US Consultant, ARCH Education

17:30 – 18:15  Stakeholder Group Meeting 1

 

 

2. Interviews and Excursions

 

Date: 1st March, 2015 – 13th March, 2015

Venue: Various

 

 

3. Forum 1

 

Date: 14th March, 2015 (Sat)

Time: 09:30 – 18:30

Venue: CPD-LG.09, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

 

 

TIME                 ACTIVITY

09:30 – 10:00  Registration

10:00 – 10:30  Opening Speech

                          Prof LO Chung-mau

                          Chair of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital;

                          Head, Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong 

10:30 – 11:15  Business Commission Seminar/Forum 1

                          Ms Ada WONG, JP

                          Convenor, Make a Difference (MaD)

                          Convenor and Director, The Good Lab

11:15 – 12:45  Commission Meeting 1

12:45 – 14:00  Lunch

14:00 – 15:00  Mass Game

15:00 – 15:45  Culture and Creative Arts Commission Seminar/Forum 2 

                          Dr Dixon WONG Heung-wah

                          Associate Professor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong 

15:45 – 17:00  Commission Meeting 2

17:00 – 18:00  Education Commission Seminar/Forum 3

                          Mr Kevin YEUNG Yun-hung, JP

                          Under Secretary for Education 

                          Ms Jennifer MA

                          Co-founder, Head of Curriculum Development and Instructor, ARCH Education

18:00 – 18:30  Stakeholder Group Meeting 2

 

 

4. Forum 2

 

Date: 15th March, 2015 (Sun)

Time: 09:30 – 18:30

Venue: CBA, Chow Yei Ching Building, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

 

 

TIME                 ACTIVITY

9:30   – 10:00  Registration

10:00 – 10:45  Housing and Real Estate Commission Seminar/Forum 4

                          Prof Andy WONG Kam-din

                          Associate Professor, Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

10:45 – 12:30  Commission Meeting 3

12:30 – 13:30  Lunch

13:30 – 15:00  Commission Meeting 4

15:00 – 16:00  Mass Game  

16:00 – 16:30  Stakeholder Group Meeting 3

16:30 – 17:15  Political Sector Commission Seminar/Forum 6

                          The Hon Mr Jasper TSANG Yok-Sing, GBS, JP

                          President of the Legislative Council 

17:15 – 18:30  Commission Meeting 5

  

 

 

5. Forum 3

 

Date: 22nd March, 2015 (Sun)

Time: 08:00 – 18:15

Venue: CPD-3.04, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

 

 

TIME                 ACTIVITY

08:00 – 08:30  Registration

08:30 – 11:15  Commission Meeting 6

11:15 – 12:00  Social Media and Communication Technology Commission Seminar/Forum 7

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 13:45  Social Welfare Commission Seminar/Forum 8

                          Mr Stephen SUI Wai-keung, JP

                          Underscretary for Labour and Welfare

13:45 – 14:30  Medical and Healthcare Commission Seminar

                          Dr Bernard WONG Bun-lap

                          Fellow, Hong Kong College of Physicians

                          Council Member, Hong Kong Medical Association Session 14 – 15

                          Chief Editor, CMW Bullentin and Online Editorial Board 

14:30 – 15:45  Commission Meeting 7

15:45 – 18:15  Mass Game

18:15 – 18:45  Stakeholder Group Meeting 4

 

 

6. Final Summit and Closing Banquet

 

Date: 4th April, 2015 (Sat)

Time: 09:30 – 22:00

Venue: CPD-3.04, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

 

 

TIME                 ACTIVITY

09:30 – 10:00  Registration

10:00 – 10:10  Final Summit Opening Ceremony

10:10 – 10:30  Briefing on Final Summit by Project Chairpersons

10:30 – 13:30  Final Summit 1

13:30 – 14:30  Lunch

14:30 – 15:30  Keynote Address

15:30 – 18:30  Final Summit 2

18:30 – 19:00  Closing Ceremony

19:00 – 22:00  Closing Banquet

 

 
 
Working Language

 

All discussions shall be conducted in English (mostly) or Cantonese. All written documents shall be presented in English.

 

Application Procedures

 

Participant

 

Please download the application form here, complete it by hand and return it us by post or by email. Please be reminded that school recommendation is not a mandatory requirement.

 

By post: HKOSA, Flat 15B, Kiu Fu Commercial Building, 300 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai  

By email: ys2015@osa.org.hk

 

Application period: 27th January 2015 - 22nd February 2015

 

Click here to download the application form.

 

Application Eligibility & Selection Criteria

 

All local students from Form 3 to Form 5 (Year 10 – Year 12) are welcome to apply. In addition, students from Form 4 to Year 1 are eligible to apply to the Organising Committee of HKYS 15.

 

The merit of applications will be considered according to the criteria below:

 

  • Applicants’ level of social awareness as reflected in their short essay responses in the application form;

  • The quality of their résumé;

  • The strength of their school references.

 

In addition, applicants should be conversationally fluent in both Cantonese and English. They should also be interested in current affairs and be outspoken and articulate.

 

Other Learning Experience Hours

 

Local secondary school participants may receive certified OLE hours through Hong Kong Youth Summit 15 provided that they attain 100% participation rate throughout event days. With the consent of their school authorities, full participation in HKYS 15 leads to the award of 45 OLE hours. The Association will provide certificates to participants if they attain full participation rate.

 

Best Speaker Award

 

A best speaker will be selected in each Commission. The Award will be presented at the Closing Banquet. Further details will be released during HKYS 15.

 

 

 

#3

Project Resonance 2015


Introduction

 

In a nutshell…

 

Project Resonance 2015 – “Summer Lagoon” (PR 15) will be held from 29th June, 2015 to 26th July, 2015. Participants shall dive into a wide range of minority subcultures in Hong Kong. Often unfairly stigmatised or ignored and hence denied their rightful opportunity to flourish, our minorities bear the brunt of the not-so-friendly side of the city. We would like to grasp the opportunity to take a closer look at our minorities which, after all, when added up, constitutes an indispensable part of society, both in terms of number and its contribution towards diversifying the colourful social fabric of Hong Kong.

 

Why “Summer Lagoon”??!?!

 

Literally, a lagoon is a shallow body of water separated from a larger body of water by carrier islands or reefs. Metaphorically, a lagoon surrounded by mesmerising natural scenery – the placid waters of a lagoon under a blue sky fringed by towering palm trees, for example – evokes feelings of bliss, peace and harmony. This echoes the harmonious relationships maintained between Hong Kong citizens and the minorities within them as a single community.

 

By naming Project Resonance 2015 “Summer Lagoon”, we express our aim to gather students into an inclusive circle where different personalities are enclosed together to form harmonious relationships like the calm waters of a summer lagoon. This playful title also contains our hope to provide a fun summer experience for our participants, as well as taking them on an exploration of the relatively unknown “carrier islands or reefs” around us. Together we shall walk into uncharted territory, expand our horizons and return with a greater breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding towards our minority communities to build “one community” in Hong Kong.

 

SO, what actually happens if I sign up?

 

Participants will be divided into 6 groups under the same number of chosen minority communities (see below for details). Project Resonance 2015 shall be divided into three Phases.

 

Phase I

Phase One is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of minorities in Hong Kong. It shall include site visits, interviews with minority communities and affiliated persons and cultural experience interest classes.

 

Phase II

Phase Two sets out to consolidate participants’ improved understanding of minorities from Phase One. Participants shall produce a pre-camp promotional video on a topic related to their chosen minorities. The video shall be uploaded online to the public domain. It will hopefully prove to be an effective medium to disseminate information on minority issues and share the participants’ reflection from Phase One with the secondary school community and beyond. Moreover, the active learning process involved shall hopefully further enhance their appreciation of the facts and opinion related to minority issues. In addition, the video will be used as to promote the Carnival Showcase in Phase Three.

 

Phase III

Phase Three includes our Association’s flagship Interflow Camp ends with a Carnival Showcase. In the Interflow Camp, participants shall take part in team-building activities in their own groups and also together with all other participants. This shall enhance the sense of camaraderie shared by all participants in preparation for the finale of the Project – Carnival Showcase. In the Showcase, participants shall set up stalls in a Carnival open to the public. They shall share the knowledge that they have gathered and their reflections triggered by the exciting series of experiences hitherto in the Project to promote greater public concern for the interests of local minorities. Ultimately, the Showcase shall be a key stage in realising the overarching goal of Project Resonance 2015: promoting the inclusion of stigmatised/underprivileged minority communities to widen their access to the opportunities available in Hong Kong’s mainstream culture.

More on minority groups:

 

The minority communities up for consideration include:

1. Sexual and gender minorities;

2. Ethnic minorities;

3. The disabled;

4. Religious minorities;

5. Tree huggers;

6. Japanophiles;

7. Heritage Conservationists;

8. Street Artists. 

 

What we would like to achieve…

 

Project Resonance 2015 seeks to understand the lives and experiences of minority communities in Hong Kong as a step towards promoting cohesion in this socially and culturally eclectic city. Through cultural experience sessions, Interflow camp (I-camp) and our Carnival Showcase – a public carnival where participants exhibit the product of their learning journey throughout the Project – we aim to guide participants to develop a comprehensive and sympathetic understanding of the minorities’ life and culture.

 

Bearing in mind the utmost importance of presenting a balanced point of view on this potentially controversial topic, Project Resonance 2015 shall emphasise on constructing factual accounts of minority issues and developing understanding towards minorities through simulating personal experiences of the challenges confronted by minorities in Hong Kong.

 

Target Group

 

Local students from Form 3 to Form 6 (Year 9 – Year 12)

 

Programme Rundown

**More details to be announced soon**

 

1. Orientation Day (Phase I)

    Date: 28th June, 2015 (Sunday)

 

2. Cultural Experience Session 1 (Phase I)

    Date: 29th June, 2015 (Monday) – 3rd July, 2015 (Friday)

    Venue: Various

    Time: Various

 

3. Pre-camp Week (Phase II)

    Date: 4th July, 2015 (Saturday) – 9th July, 2015 (Thursday)

 

4. Interflow Camp (Phase III)

    Date: 10th July, 2015 (Friday) – 13th July, 2015 (Monday)

    Venue: Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups - The Jockey Club Sai Kung Outdoor Training Camp

    Time: TBC

 

5. Cultural Experience Session 2 (Phase I)

    Date: 14th July, 2015 (Tuesday) – 22nd July, 2015 (Wednesday)

    Venue: Various

    Time: Various

 

6. Carnival Preparation (Phase III)

    Date: 23rd July, 2015 (Thursday) – 25th July, 2015 (Satuday) 

 

7. Carnival Showcase (Phase III)

    Date: 26th July, 2015 (Sunday)

    Venue: TBC

    Time: TBC

 

 

Working Language

 

A mix of Cantonese and English (but mostly Cantonese) will be used in PR 15.

 

Application Procedures

 

Participants 

 

Please download the application form here, complete it by hand and return it us by post or by email. Please be reminded that school recommendation is not a mandatory requirement.

 

By post: HKOSA, Flat 15B, Kiu Fu Commercial Building, 300 Lockhart  Road, Wanchai

By email: pr2015@osa.org.hk

 

Application period: 11th May, 2015 – 7th June, 2015

 

Participation Fee of Organising Committee Members

 

Successful applicants should pay a participation fee of $450 for the programme in the first organising committee meeting. The participation fee covers the camp fee and part of the carnival preparation fee. 

 

Application Eligibility & Selection Criteria

 

All local students from Form 3 to Form 6 (Year 9 – Year 12) are welcome to apply as either a participant or a member of the Organising Committee. The ideal applicant should:

 

 

  • Display a keen interest in local minorities;

  • Be able to think critically and creatively;

  • Be conversationally fluent in both Cantonese and English.

 

Both participant and organising committee applicants will be selected based on their awareness on local minorities and the likelihood of their engagement with promoting minority cultures to the general public after the Project. They will be selected based on their analytic skills and creativity evident in their answers in their application form and the strength of their school references.

 

OLE Hours

 

Certificates will be issued to all organising committee members and participants with their completion of the programme with satisfying attendance rate. OLE hours will also be awarded.