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Mentoring Program for Youth at Risk

"Support Youth 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 the others.

“Mentoring Program for Youth at Risk” is the 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 programme, the volunteers become friends and mentors of the youngsters. Various trainings and sharing will take place to strengthen the bond between the mentors and mentees and bring them out of their comfort zones to meet new challenges.


  • 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.


  • 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 Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Kowloon City Children and Youth Integrated Service Centre - Jockey Club Youth Express)
  • Office of Student Affairs, Hong Kong Baptist University


Starting from June or July, participants receive training from the social workers of Youth Care Net. They meet their service targets afterwards, and join a wide range of activities together for several months to become friends and mentors of the youth at risk. The mentors provide peer-supporting service to and maintain good communication with the mentees, 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 or March 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:

  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).


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).

  • Juvenile offenders being administered a caution by Police Superintendent;
  • Youngsters being referred to Youth Care Net agencies and assessed as suitable to join the program ; and
  • Youngsters who are willing to join the program .

The program 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.

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 strong sense of responsibility;
  4. Willing to take part in various activities as the means to build up friendship with the youngsters;
  5. 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 the scheme, 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
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
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 scheme 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


2017-18 Programme Schedule

Activity Date Time Venue
Training Programme 9/9/2017 (Sat) 10:00am – 5:00pm HKBU
Kick-off Evening Camp 24/9/2017 (Sun) 2:00pm – 9:00pm Jockey Club Sai Kung Outdoor
Training Camp, Sai Kung
Adventure on Water 29/10/2017 (Sun) 9:00am – 5:00pm Jockey Club Cheung Chau
Don Bosco Youth Centre,
Cheung Chau
Archery Tag 4/11/2017 (Sat) 2:00pm – 6:00pm HKBU
High Ropes 27/12/2017 (Wed) 9:00am – 5:00pm Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong
New Territories Centre, Kwai Chung
Farewell Camp 20–21/1/2018
(Sat – Sun)
2 days, 1 night BGCA Bradbury Camp, Sai Kung
Closing Ceremony 10/2/2018 (Sat) 10:00am – 1:00pm HKBU

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
2:00pm – 10:00pm PLK Pak Tam Chung
Holiday Camp,
Sai Kung
Archery Tag 31/7/2016
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
9:00am – 5:00pm Jockey Club Cheung Chau
Don Bosco Youth Centre,
Cheung Chau
Sharing Session
7:00pm – 9:00pm HKBU
High Ropes 5/11/2016
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
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
11:00am – 1:00pm HKBU

The recruitment of Mentorship Program for Youth at Risk is closed. Thank you for your interest.
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