Peer Support Scheme (PSS)
"Support Youngsters at Risk as Their Peers"
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 5-month programme, 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.
- 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.
- 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 early September, participants receive training from social workers of Youth Care Net. They meet their service targets afterwards, and join a wide range of activities together throughout the 5-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 February of the next year.
- Regular meetings with the youngsters;
- Team building training;
- Adventure activities;
- Day camp and overnight camp.
Training is provided by Youth Care Net, including:
- Learning about the function and concepts of counselling;
- Learning about one’s self, personality, value, strengths and weaknesses;
- Learning about the sub-culture and behavioural problems/offences of youth at risk;
- Basic counselling techniques, such as how to listen, respond and talk;
- Risk analysis and problem-solving skills; and
- Introduction to ordinances on children protection and the Police Superintendent’s Discretion Scheme (PSDS).
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)
|Training Programme||9/9/2017 (Sat)||10:00am – 5:00pm||HKBU|
|Kick-off Evening Camp||24/9/2017 (Sat)||2:00pm – 9:00pm||Sai Kung (TBC)|
|Adventure on Water||8/10/2017 (Sun)||9:00am – 5:00pm||Jockey Club Cheung Chau Don Bosco Youth Centre, Cheung Chau (TBC)|
|Team Building Training||4/11/2017 (Sat)||2:00pm – 6:00pm||TBC|
|High Ropes||27/12/2017 (Wed)||10:00am – 5:00pm||TBC|
|Farewell Camp||13–14/1/2018 (Sat – Sun)||2 days, 1 night||Jockey Club Cheung Chau Don Bosco Youth Centre, Cheung Chau (TBC)|
|Closing Ceremony||10/2/2018 (Sat)||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.
The scheme recruits about 20 volunteers each year.
We are recruiting students who are:
- Full-time HKBU students (final year students and full-time CIE students are also welcome);
- Active and willing to befriend youngsters;
- Committed and have a sense of responsibility;
- Willing to take part in various activities as the means to build up friendship with the youngsters;
- Willing to join a 5-month scheme and talk/meet youngsters for 5 times at least;
- Enthusiastic, steadfast, and have good communication skills, etc.
Volunteers will be selected by the representatives from co-organising agencies/organisations in an interview.
Snapshots and Reflection by Volunteers
2016-17 Programme Schedule
|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
Notes to Application
- Peer Support Scheme (PSS) welcomes application from all HKBU full-time students (final year students and full-time CIE students are also welcome).
- The second round of application closes at 5 pm, 17 May 2017 (Wed).
- 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.
- 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.
- Selection result will be released in late May by email. Please keep a close watch of your email box.
- 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.
- 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。
Ms. Ita KUNG,
Leadership Qualities Centre, Office of Student Affairs
Telephone: (852) 3411 2331