The 21st century is a complex and ever-changing era in which our younger generation is faced with new challenges as well as unprecedented opportunities. In the fast evolving social landscape, young people not only need to gain a solid understanding of their society and the world at large, but also have to capitalize on their values, skills and talents to make contribution to the community.
To address different social issues and challenges, we need more young people to take an active role in serving the society and also more creativity and innovation in generating effective solutions. By nurturing our younger generation’s interest in the well-being of the community, we are planting seeds of civic-mindedness in them to become devoted contributors to the place they call home. We are pleased to join hands with The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (“BGCA”) and other supporters sharing the same vision to spearhead and develop this idea together,” said Mr. Alan Chow, Executive Director of the Foundation, at the official launch of the Youth ImpACT Award (“YIAA”) (感創敢為: 青年社會創新服務獎).
Jointly presented by the Foundation and BGCA, and supported by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and SIE Fund, YIAA is a unique service learning and social innovation Award that aims to arouse students’ empathy and motivate them to examine and act on the social problems they see. Targeting 200-300 teams of S2 to S6 students, YIAA offers a series of experiential learning workshops focusing on selected social problems, human-centered design and social innovation to facilitate young participants to turn their inspiration into a concrete service idea. After online voting and internal screening, ten final teams will be selected to put their service ideas to test and see how they can make an impact on the lives of others.
Ms. Lilian Law, Executive Director of BGCA said, “in recent years, we see a growing desire among young people to engage in public and social affairs. They care about the city’s prospects and development and we want to do more to empower the younger generation in social participation. It is our pleasure to have The D. H. Chen Foundation as our partner in steering YIAA. We believe that through creating an enabling platform for young people, they would acquire a greater sense of responsibility, unleash their potentials and creativity, and be more confident in driving positive changes in vulnerable communities. We will work with young people throughout the program, from understanding communities, generating ideas to serve people in need and to co-creating a better society.”
To enrich our young people’s learning experience, we will connect local NGOs and social innovators to establish an extensive collaborative learning network for YIAA. And by putting our young participants’ innovative service ideas into an Idea Bank, we hope NGOs and other stakeholders will be able to find inspiration to incubate innovative and sustainable new services for the community.
Both the Foundation and BGCA have much expectation for this landmark program: we envision that after the YIAA journey, our young people will establish meaningful connections with their community and discover their abilities to enrich lives.
For more details, please visit the official website of YIAA.