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 7-month programme, the volunteers become friends and mentors of the youngsters. Various trainings and sharing (such as training camp, adventure on water, high ropes, visit and experiential learning activities, etc.) will take place to strengthen the bond between the mentors and mentees and bring them out of their comfort zones to meet new challenges.
PSS (2019-20) is jointly organised by Kowloon City District Council, 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 19th year in 2019-20. 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 Council
- 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 Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Kowloon City Children and Youth Integrated Service Centre - Jockey Club Youth Express)
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, 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).
2018-19 Programme Schedule (for reference only)
|Training Programme||July 2018||10:00am – 5:00pm||HKBU|
|Kick-off Evening Camp||July or August 2018||2:00pm – 10:00pm||TBC|
|Summer Camp||July or August 2018||2 days, 1 night||TBC|
|Adventure on Water||August 2018||9:00am – 5:00pm||TBC|
|Volunteers' Sharing Session||September 2018||7:00pm – 9:00pm||HKBU|
|High Ropes||November 2018 (Sat)||9:00am – 5:00pm||TBC|
|Activity by Agency||TBC by agencies||TBC by agencies||TBC|
|Visit and Experiential Activity||TBC||TBC||TBC|
|Farewell Camp||January 2019
(Sat – Sun)
|2 days, 1 night||TBC|
|Closing Ceremony||February 2019||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 7-month scheme and talk/meet youngsters for 7 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
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 application for the 19th Peer Support Scheme (2019-20) ended on 15 March 2019.
Thank you for your interest!
Ms. Winnie YAU,
Leadership Qualities Centre, Office of Student Affairs
Telephone: (852) 3411 7742