#1 Our Missions
The Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Association is a non-profit organisation aiming at:
- Encouraging progress, sharing and pursuit of real joy in serving the Hong Kong community
- Contributing to charitable causes
- Fostering student participation in social services
- Promoting a closer relationship among all the members - Providing general welfare to members
#2 Our Vision
Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Association (HKOSA) was founded in 1987 by the awardees and finalists of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Award, which is overseen by the Youth Arch Foundation and previously by the Lion & Globe Educational Trust. There are currently over 1200 members.
The Association has always strived to educate students in all aspects of society as well as developing their leadership skills and sense of social conscience. Thus, it has taken an active role in the community and initiated creative and innovative projects.
Moreover, the Association has always endeavored to provide education and development in areas, which in the normal academic curriculum would not appear, thereby inspiring participating students to extend their development to all levels of society.
One of the Association's flagship programmes is Youth Summit. Initiated in 2003, it aims to educate students on current issues of Hong Kong and explore possible solutions. Students are encouraged to know more about the society and contribute to the community. They are also trained to polish their leadership and communication skills to scale new heights in the future. For example, in Youth Summit 2018 - Edventure, students investigate various controversial education issues in Hong Kong. Through a series of excursions and forums, they are anticipated to compile their findings and raise suitable proposals to the Authority.
The Association also emphasises the need for strong community conscience and thus, has always promoted charitable causes and social service. This is highlighted best in the annual calendar by the regular voluntary services held by the Association, such as the Community Outreach, which will enable participating students to hone in on their leadership skills whilst simultaneously furthering their community involvement.
Additionally, the Association has always considered it imperative that the voices of youth should be heard in today's society, in particular on issues that affect our society as a whole. Bearing this in mind, the Hong Kong Youth Summit is organised every year, so as to allow student participants to express their concerns and propose solutions on pressing issues both locally and globally today. Furthermore, the Association has always considered non-academic traits just as important as academics. Thus, every summer the activities such as the Interflow Camp is organised, thus allowparticipants to develop their inter-personal and social skills and getting to know other students from drastically different backgrounds from other schools.
The Association has an extensive history of collaborating with other youth organisations to marshal unique programmes, including the Future Young Leaders' Forum organised by the Hong Kong Outstanding Young Persons' Association.
The Association will continue to strive to serve society and create a brighter future for Hong Kong.
#3 History of the Award
The Hong Kong Outstanding Students Award was initiated by the Lion & Globe Educational Trust. In 2010, the Youth Arch Foundation succeeded Lion & Globe as the Award organiser. The organiser would like to encourage all-round development of students in Hong Kong. After three years of preparation, the first "Hong Kong Outstanding Students Award" was held in 1985, in which only female students were eligible in joining this competition. The award was opened to male students in the third year, 1987.
The criteria for the election of the awardees are based on many aspects, such as academic excellence, talents and abilities in extra-curricular activities, participation in social services, performance in written test and interview etc.
Students will be nominated by their schools to participate in this annual event. Each year, 50 finalists are selected, in which, 10 of them are chosen to be the awardees of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students Award.
#4 Meaning of the Logo
The triangle representing the awarding system was being "tilted". The triangle represents the balanced development of the "body", "mind" and "talent". After being "tilted", the development is in all directions instead of only upwards.
The Chinese character "Outstanding" (傑) breaks through its original position. This represents OSArs never stop at the point when we receive the award. Instead, we will even strive tougher to break through ourselves and attach higher achievement.
The dove is flying with energy. Dove represents the friendship and spirit of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Association. Starting with our association, we are to extend and continue our association's spirit through "Righteousness" (創義), "Ability" (創藝) and 'Inspiration" (創意).
The Association Song
Interflow Camp Song
回憶 當天初次遇見 我未去你跟前
回憶 當天的那勵勉 你令我去堅持
在這幾天裏同行 難得你在旁為我 全力去加油
回憶 一起參與玩意 競逐與我奔馳
回憶 當天的那倦意 縱是怕也堅持
在這幾天裏同行 難得你在旁為我 全力去加油
Hand in hand, let's sing this everlasting song
在這幾天裏同行 難得你在旁令我 重拾信心