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Peer Support Scheme (PSS)

"Support Youngsters at Risk as Their Peers"

Peer Support Scheme

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Introduction

Did you feel alone or helpless in your youth? We all know well that everyone wishes to be cared and supported, by family or friends or whoever.

“Peer Support Scheme (PSS)” is the very programme to train up HKBU students to provide peer-supporting service to youth at risk in the Kowloon City District. The volunteers provide support and counselling as friends and peers to the service targets, who committed mild offence or have mild behavioural problems, and encourage them to build up a positive view of life. Students selected as volunteers participate in a training course before matching up with the youngsters in a 1:1 ratio under the instruction of the responsible social worker. In the 9-month programme (programme period may be revised to 6-month in 2017-18), the volunteers become the friends and mentors of the youngsters and keep good communication with them. Various trainings and sharing (such as training camp, adventure on water, high ropes, visit and experiential learning activities, etc.) strengthen the bond between the mentors and mentees and bring them out of their comfort zones to meet new challenges.

PSS is jointly organised by Kowloon City District Fight Crime Committee, Kowloon City District Home Affairs Department, The Police Community Relations Officer of Kowloon City District, Youth Care Net in Kowloon City, and Hong Kong Baptist University. The Scheme is entering its 17th year in 2017-18. Hundreds of HKBU students had become the volunteers and endeavoured to grow with their service targets. They had been benefited in terms of counselling techniques, communication skills, understanding of the youth, a broader vision and a more colourful and meaningful U-life.

Objectives

  • To help the youngsters develop a good support network of peers;
  • To instill in the youngsters the proper concepts of the society, feelings and ethics so as to keep them away from crime;
  • To encourage the youngsters to build up a positive view about life;
  • To broaden the horizons of the volunteers by exposing them to the local youngsters in need of counselling.

Co-organisers

  • Kowloon City District Fight Crime Committee
  • Kowloon City District Home Affairs Department
  • The Police Community Relations Officer of Kowloon City District
  • Office of Student Affairs, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Youth Care Net (consists of Youth Action Network, The Boys' & Girls Clubs Association of Hong Kong; Kowloon City District Youth Outreaching Social Service Centre, Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service; and Jockey Club Hung Hom Youth S.P.O.T, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups)

Starting from late May or early June, participants receive training from social workers of Youth Care Net. They meet their service targets in summer, and join a wide range of activities together throughout the 9-month period to become friends and mentors of the youth at risk. The mentors provide peer-supporting service to and maintain good communication with the mentees, instill in them the proper concepts, encourage them to build up a positive view of life, and grow together and make personal breakthroughs with the mentees. The programme then rounds up in March of the next year.

Activities

  • Regular meetings with the youngsters;
  • Regular sharing sessions with other programme participants and social workers to share experience;
  • Adventure camp and various outdoor activities;
  • Visit and experiential learning activities;
  • Casual gatherings by agencies, e.g. karaoke, hot pot gathering, etc.

Training

Training is provided by Youth Care Net, including:

  1. Learning about the function and concepts of counselling;
  2. Learning about one’s self, personality, value, strengths and weaknesses;
  3. Learning about the sub-culture and behavioural problems/offences of youth at risk;
  4. Basic counselling techniques, such as how to listen, respond and talk;
  5. Risk analysis and problem-solving skills; and
  6. Introduction to ordinances on children protection and the Police Superintendent’s Discretion Scheme (PSDS).

Monitoring

Each youngster is followed up by a case manager on his/her beneficial plan. The social worker manages the progress of the case, including the counselling received by the youngster. The mentor has to report to the case manager immediately if he/she finds the youngster troubled and in need of help from the case manager (e.g. intention of suicide, considering abortion, etc.). The case manager also provides the mentor with support on emotion and counselling techniques (e.g. the mentor can seek the case manager’s advice on handling or refusing unreasonable requests from the service target).

2017-18 Programme Schedule (Tentative; for reference only; may be revised to a programme schedule from Sep 2017 to Mar 2018)

Activity Date Time Venue
Training Programme Late May or early June 2017 10:00am – 5:00pm for 2 days HKBU
Kick-off Evening Camp 1/7/2017 (Sat) 2:00pm – 10:00pm PLK Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp, Sai Kung
Summer Camp 15–16/7/2017 (Sat – Sun) 2 days, 1 night Tung Chung Outdoor Recreation Camp, Tung Chung
Adventure on Water 5/8/2017 (Sat) 9:00am – 5:00pm Jockey Club Cheung Chau Don Bosco Youth Centre, Cheung Chau
Volunteers' Sharing Session September 2017 TBC HKBU
High Ropes 4/11/2017 (Sat) 9:00am – 5:00pm TBC
Activities by Agencies As arranged by agencies As arranged by agencies As arranged by agencies
Visit and Experiential Activity 20/1/2018 (Sat) TBC TBC
Farewell Camp 10–11/2/2018 (Sat – Sun) 2 days, 1 night Jockey Club Cheung Chau Don Bosco Youth Centre, Cheung Chau
Closing Ceremony March 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm HKBU
  • Juvenile offenders being administered a caution by Police Superintendent;
  • Youngsters being referred to Youth Care Net agencies and assessed as suitable to join the Scheme; and
  • Youngsters who are willing to join the Scheme.

PSS accepts the youth with simple backgrounds or mild behavioural problems only.

We aim at a service target-volunteer ratio of 1:1 so that the volunteer can concentrate on supporting one very youngster.

Quota

The scheme recruits about 20 volunteers each year.

Selection Criteria

We are recruiting students who are:

  1. Full-time HKBU students (final year students and full-time CIE students are also welcome);
  2. Active and willing to befriend youngsters;
  3. Committed and have a sense of responsibility;
  4. Willing to take part in various activities as the means to build up friendship with the youngsters;
  5. Willing to join a 9-month scheme and talk/meet youngsters for 10 times at least;
  6. Enthusiastic, steadfast, and have good communication skills, etc.

Selection Process

Volunteers will be selected by the representatives from co-organising agencies/organisations in an interview.

Snapshots and Reflection by Volunteers

In my first half year in PSS, I was worrying, confused and adrift. However, the youngster I supported pushed me to face my own weakness bravely. Thank God I was assigned a good and caring mentee. I am unsure if I had helped or counselled him, but he had definitely helped me countlessly! I am grateful that I joined the Scheme before my graduation, learning and discovering more about the youth. I hope the friendship between mentors and mentees can endure; we can grow and share our life experience together.
High Rope Challenge
Farewell Camp
Watersport
I was most impressed by the archery tag and the pipe game at Tung Chung Camp. In archery tag, tactics, cooperation, suggestion and obedience after communication were all the key to success. In pipe game, I witnessed unexpected patience and collaboration of mentors and mentees. We hang on though a long time was spent in vain. Finally, we got to improve and succeeded. I wish that all of us will face challenges and overcome obstacles in life positively as we did in the games.
Archery Tag
Watersport
Archery Tag
I found that care is two-way: when you care about someone, they will also seek to understand you. I found the youth good at football, debate, etc. They knew people even better than I did. When I was at their age, I knew nothing about human. Yet they had to deal with different people and be meticulous before uttering a word, from their own experience. When they said that PSS was a chance to relax and be themselves, I was touched and felt that we were doing something meaningful indeed.
High Rope Challenge
I learnt from the Sergeant in the interview that communication with the younger generation is uneasy. PSS is a scheme of personal growth rather than mentorship. Being a mentor was more complicated and difficult than I expected. I was very touched when my mentee showed me a little bit care, in contrast to not caring me at all in the beginning. If I tried the first step to contact, the mentee would feel my good will and grow with me together.
Farewell Camp

 

2016-17 Programme Schedule

Activity Date Time Venue
Training Programme 30–31/5/2016 (Mon – Tue) 10:00am – 5:00pm HKBU
Kick-off Evening Camp 2/7/2016 (Sat) 2:00pm – 10:00pm PLK Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp, Sai Kung
Archery Tag 31/7/2016 (Sun) 12:00nn – 5:00pm HKBU
Summer Camp 5–6/8/2016 (Fri – Sat) 2 days, 1 night Tung Chung Outdoor Recreation Camp, Tung Chung
Adventure on Water 20/8/2016 (Sat) 9:00am – 5:00pm Jockey Club Cheung Chau Don Bosco Youth Centre, Cheung Chau
Volunteers' Sharing Session 22/9/2016 (Thu) 7:00pm – 9:00pm HKBU
High Ropes 5/11/2016 (Sat) 10:00am – 5:00pm Gilwell Campsite, Fei Ngo Shan
Activities by Agencies As arranged by agencies As arranged by agencies As arranged by agencies
Visit and Experiential Activity – Christian Zheng Sheng College 7/1/2017 (Sat) 10:00am – 5:00pm Cheung Chau
Farewell Camp 18–19/2/2017 (Sat – Sun) 2 days, 1 night Jockey Club Cheung Chau Don Bosco Youth Centre, Cheung Chau
Closing Ceremony 26 March 2017 (Sun) 11:00am – 1:00pm HKBU

Application for 17th Peer Support Scheme (PSS) (2017-18) is closed for the moment...
第十七屆同心同行友伴計劃 (2017-18) 暫時已截止報名

Seize the chance... learn to care about the others and achieve personal breakthrough
給自己一個學習關懷他人、突破自我的好機會!

Notes to Application

  1. Peer Support Scheme (PSS) welcomes application from all HKBU full-time students (final year students and full-time CIE students are also welcome).
  2. The second round of application closes at 5 pm, 17 May 2017 (Wed).
  3. Details of the interview arrangement will reach applicants' email box in a week after the deadline. Please keep a close watch of your email box.
  4. Interview will be held on 22 May (Mon) or 23 May 2017 (Tue) and will last about 30 minutes. Please reserve your time for the interview.
  5. Selection result will be released in late May by email. Please keep a close watch of your email box.
  6. Please make sure you will be able to attend all activities of PSS as far as possible. You may refer to the tentative schedule to roughly estimate the number of days and time you have to reserve. The tentative programme period is September 2017 to March 2018.

報名須知

  1. 同心同行友伴計劃(下稱「本計劃」)接受所有香港浸會大學全日制學生報名(歡迎應屆畢業生及國際學院全日制學生報名)。
  2. 第二輪報名之截止日期為2017年5月17日(星期三)下午5時正
  3. 面試安排將在截止日期後一星期內透過電郵通知,屆時請留意電子郵箱。
  4. 面試將於2017年5月22日(星期一)或 5月23日(星期二)期間舉行,需時約30分鐘, 請預留時間。
  5. 遴選結果將在5月下旬以電郵公佈,屆時請留意電子郵箱。
  6. 請盡量確保你能參與本計劃日程的所有活動。你可以參考暫定的活動日程以預估所需要的日子和時間。現暫定活動時段為2017年9月至2018年3月。

Ms. Ita KUNG,
Leadership Qualities Centre, Office of Student Affairs

Telephone: (852) 3411 2331

Email:itakung@hkbu.edu.hk