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:
- 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).
- 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.
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 strong sense of responsibility;
- Willing to take part in various activities as the means to build up friendship with the youngsters;
- 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
2017-18 Programme Schedule
|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,
|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
(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
(Mon – Tue)
|10:00am – 5:00pm||HKBU|
|Kick-off Evening Camp||2/7/2016
|2:00pm – 10:00pm||PLK Pak Tam Chung
|12:00nn – 5:00pm||HKBU|
(Fri – Sat)
|2 days, 1 night||Tung Chung Outdoor
|Adventure on Water||20/8/2016
|9:00am – 5:00pm||Jockey Club Cheung Chau
Don Bosco Youth Centre,
|7:00pm – 9:00pm||HKBU|
|10:00am – 5:00pm||Gilwell Campsite,
Fei Ngo Shan
|Activities by Agencies||As arranged
|Visit and Experiential
Activity – Christian
Zheng Sheng College
|10:00am – 5:00pm||Cheung Chau|
(Sat – Sun)
|2 days, 1 night||Jockey Club Cheung Chau
Don Bosco Youth Centre,
|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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Mr. Tommy To,
Leadership Qualities Centre, Office of Student Affairs
Telephone: (852) 3411 5913