‘YOUTH WE 3ERVE’ Youth Mental Health Ambassador Programme is now open for application. It is a one-year programme sponsored by the World Health Organization and co-organized by the Hong Kong Award for Young People, the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association and the Scout Association of Hong Kong. The programme includes a series of mental health workshops and training, helping participants to recognize their own values and relieve pressure. Participants will also be involved in different services to support other young people, arousing the public awareness on youth mental health. Programme time : June 2021 – August 2022 Programme content : Mental health workshops, service and experiential activities (For details please refer to the link below) Programme fee : Deposit $500 per person (Participant with attendance over 80% will receive full refund on deposit and a certificate of recognition) Target participants : 24 young people aged 14-24 (Participants can complete their Gold, Silver or Bronze Level Service Section with this programme) Programme details (Chinese version only) Application form (Chinese version only)
The Gold Award Presentation 2019 & 2020 was held on 24th April 2021 (Saturday) at Government House. We are honored to have The Hon Mrs. Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, Chief Executive of HKSAR, to present Certificates to Gold Award recipients and recipients of Certificate of Recognition. There are total 79 Gold Award recipients and 55 devoted volunteers who achieved the Certificate of Recognition. In order to reduce social contact and maintain social distance, a series of precautionary measures were implemented. The presentation was held in 2 sessions and guests of each session were divided into small groups by partitions. Photo album>>
The 99th Silver Award Presentation was successfully held on 19th April 2021 (Monday) at Pui Ching Middle School. We are honoured to have The Hon Mr. Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, the Chief Secretary for Administration to be our Guest of Honour, together with Mr. Lo Yan-lai, MH, JP, AYP Award Council Chairman, and guests to witness the memorable moment of the recipients . Silver Award Certificates and Certificate of Appreciation (3 years and 7 years of services) were presented by Mr. Cheung with the accompany of Mr. Lo. Photo Album>>
The Hong Kong Award for Young People Duke of Edinburgh Training Camp Opening Ceremony was successfully held on 27th March 2021 (Saturday). We are delighted to have Guest of Honour The Honourable Mrs. Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, The Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, together with officiating guests Mr. Caspar TSUI, JP, Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr. Michael T H LEE, JP, Deputy Chairman of Hong Kong Jockey Club, Mr. LO Yan-lai, MH, JP, Chairman of the Award Council, as well as Mr. Rock CHEN, SBS, JP, the Honorary President of AYP and Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, to witness a new milestone of AYP. Thanks to the generous donation of 203 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for training camp redevelopment and related activities, including The Jockey Club “Camily” Project and The Jockey Club Diversity Mentoring Youth Project, the new campsite will provide diversified and all-rounded services to more young people.
CRS Self-enhancement course on ‘Tactic of Navigation’ organized by the Central Registration Unit was successfully held on 20th and 27th November 2020 (Friday) at our headquarter. Our great pleasure to have invited Mr. NG Kam Fu, panel member of Expeditions Section, Mr. POON Ka Hang and Mr. YU Sai Hong, Gold Level instructors of Expeditions Section, to be our guest speakers. 60 Instructors from different Operating Authorities joined the course. Activity Report>>
The 98th Silver Award Presentation was successfully held on 12th October 2020 (Monday) at Ho Fung College (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen). We are honoured to have The Hon Mr. Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, the Chief Secretary for Administration to be our Guest of Honour, and delivered an encouraging speech to our awardees. Silver Award Certificates were presented by Mr. Andy Wing Leung KWOK, JP, Vice-Chairman of Award Council and Certificate of Appreciation (3 years and 7 years of services) were presented by Mr. Yan Lai LO, MH, JP, Chairman of Award Council. The presentation was specially designed to a new format with Anti-COVID measures. Recipients were divided into small groups and maintaining social distancing throughout the event. Photo Album>>
Sharing Session on “Know more about Residential Project Section” organized by the Residential Project Section Panel has been successfully held on 22nd September 2020, Tuesday at Kowloon Award Center and Online Platform . It was our pleasure to have Ms. Chan Oi Wah, Eva (Residential Project Panel Member) and Mr. Lam Wan Ki (Residential Project Assessor from The Boys’ Brigade, Hong Kong Operating Authority) as our guest speakers. The seminar attracted more than 20 Award Leaders, AYP Participants from different Operating Authorities and also RP Section Panel members. Details>>
Stan Group Rogaine Charity Race 2020 organized by The Hong Kong Award for Young People and title sponsored by Stan Group was successfully held on 19 January 2020 (Sunday). Participants and volunteers made it through with steadfast dedication and strong team spirit! There are around 200 teams with over 600 participants took part in the tournament. Special thanks must be given to our volunteers who supported the event. Rogaine Facebook Page>> Please refer to Rogaine website for the competition result and event updates.
Dr. Irene Tang AYP Japan Hiroshima Cycling Expedition 2019 was successfully held from 24th to 31st December 2019 in Hiroshima Prefecture. 10 Hong Kong participants completed a 4-days and 3-nights Gold Level Expeditions Section Assessment Journey. Activity Report>>
Expeditions Annual Seminar on Tactic of holding oversea Expeditions Training Course organized by the Expeditions Section Panel was successfully held on 27th November 2019 (Wednesday) at Pui Ching Middle School. It was our great pleasure to invite Mr. Poon Ka Hang, who is an experienced User Unit Leader and Hiking Expeditions Instructor, to be the guest speaker. The seminar attracted more than 50 Instructors, Assessors and Award Leaders from different Operating Authorities. Activity Report>>
Seminar on “Know more about AED” organized by the Physical Recreation Section Panel has been successfully held on 5th November 2019, Tuesday at The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association. It was our pleasure to have representative Choi Yim Ping, BC C-A&HB as guest speakers. The seminar attracted more than 50 Instructors and Assessors from different Operating Authorities. Activity Report>>
Rogaine Charity Race Photo Exhibition and Forum Sharing Session was successfully held during 27-28 April 2019. We were so grateful to have Mr. Stan TANG, Chairman of Stan Group , Mr. Elton NG, the youngest Hongkonger to conquer Seven Summits and Mr. Elvis MO, photographer for Rogaine, joined the event. We also appreciated the venue sponsorship given by Stan Group. Photo Album>>
AYP, National Geographic and Brand HK have successfully held ‘I SEE HK Photo Camp’ on 19-23 April 2019. Professional National Geographic photographers from all over the world were invited to be the instructors. They taught in total 20 participants to record Hong Kong intangible cultural heritages with photos and represent Hong Kong in their own perspective. Activity Report>>
Dr. Irene Tang AYP Hong Kong – Sri Lanka Exchange Project 2019 was successfully held from 18th to 24th April 2019 at Sinharaja Rainforest in Sri Lanka. 18 Hong Kong and Sri Lankan participants took part in a series of cultural activities to experience mutual traditions and established friendship. Activity Report>>
The 97th Silver Award Presentation has successfully held at Pooi To Middle School today. Our Guest of Honour Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration has presented silver awards to 313 young people accompanied by Mr. LO Yan-lai, Chairman of AYP. Mr. Lo has also presented The Certificated of Appreciation (3 years and 7 years of services) to 67 helpful volunteers. The Presentation ended in ardent applause of over 500 recipients and guests. Photo Album>>
The CRS Refreshment Training, Visit to Government Flying Service (GFS) was successfully held on 12th April, 2019 (Friday) by the Expedition Instructors Central Registration Unit. There were 22 instructors and assessors from different Operating Authorities participated in this training. They understood more about the daily operations of GFS and the search and rescue service provided. Activity Report>>
‘AYP in ACTION’ was successfully held on 10 March 2019. Despite the undesirable weather conditions, participants and volunteers made it through with strong team spirit! There are 20 teams with about 100 participants took part in the competition. Special thanks must be given to our Organizing Group from Award Network who supported the event. Photo Album>>
Spring Reception 2019 was successfully held at The Cityview on 19 February. We would like to express thanks for the supports of volunteers, Operating Authorities and Government Departments. We also had Lion Dance performance from Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School tonight. All of them were AYP participants. Special thanks to Mr. Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, JP, Secretary for Education and Mr. Jack Chan Jick-chi, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs who shared the joy of Chinese New Year with us. Photo Album>>
Rogaine Charity Race 2019 organized by The Hong Kong Award for Young People and title sponsored by Stan Group was successfully held on 27 January 2019 (Sunday). Participants and volunteers made it through with steadfast dedication and strong team spirit! There are almost 250 teams with about 800 participants took part in the tournament. Special thanks must be given to our volunteers who supported the event. Photo Album>> Please refer to Rogaine website for the competition result and event updates.
The Hong Kong Award for Young People Charity Golf Day 2019 was successfully held at Hong Kong Golf Club (Fanling) on January 7, 2019. Total 40 golfers participated in the competition supporting local youth development at the same time. The fund raised will support young people aged 14-24 to participate in and complete the internationally recognized Award Scheme. Photo Album>>
Gold Award Presentation 2018 was successfully held on 3rd December 2018 (Monday) at Government House. The Honourable Mrs. Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet Ngor, GBM, GBS, the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, officiated and presented the Gold Award Certificates and Certificate of Recognition to 44 young people and 42 veteran volunteers respectively. A celebration dinner with the theme of “Let’s ‘Gold’ Together!” was organized to celebrate the achievement of the awardees and to encourage the recipients to contribute their talents to AYP continually. We are grateful to the tireless effort offered by Award Network for all the arrangements of the dinner. Gold Award Presentation Photo Album>> Celebration Dinner Photo Album>>
The 5-Section Panels Gathering organized by Award Programmes and Assessment Sub-Committee (APA) was held on 13th October 2018 at Café Bar on 8. The Award would like to take this gathering to appreciate all our volunteers’ great support over the past years. More than 50 volunteers joined the lunch gathering. Activity Report>> Photo Album>>
Seminar on “Application and Training in Physical Fitness” organized by the Physical Recreation Section has been successfully held on 10th October 2018, Wednesday at Pui Ching Middle School. It was our pleasure to have Dr. Lobo Louie, Associate Professor from the Department of Sport and Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University to be our guest speaker. The seminar attracted more the 60 Instructors and Assessors from different Operating Authorities. Activity report>>
The Residential Project was successfully held from 5th August to 9th Aug 2018. 17 participants joined to experience the sustainable life and 9 of them were disabled participants (mentally disabled and/ or autism). Through getting along with one another, participants established good relations. It must be a unforgettable experience for them all. Activity report>>
A 8-day and 7-night culture exchange project to Nepal was successfully held between 1 August and 9 August 2018. 10 Hong Kong Gold Award participants traveled to different places in Nepal with 1 Nepal Gold Award holder. Participants visited Kathmandu, Namo Buddha and local schools to have different cultural exchange activities. Participants stayed in Nepali homes in Patlekhet to experience village life. During the trip, Hong Kong participants spent valuable time with local families and friends and built up friendship with each other. Activity Report>> Activity Report Slide>>
Third son of the Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO visited Hong Kong on 8th June as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. During this historic visit, HRH The Earl of Wessex not only visited one of the school partner of The Hong Kong Award for Young People, Hong Chi Winifred Mary Cheung Morninghope School and officiated the unveiling ceremony of “Reading Train”, but also meet youngsters participating the Award, as well as Award Council members and other supporters in order to have a better understanding on the positive effects that this program has brought to their physical and mental development. Photo Album>>
Expeditions Section Panel will organize a series of Canoeing Expeditions Route Exploration activities in the year of 2018/2019 in order to explore routes and campsites for canoeing expeditions. The first exploration was successfully held in Sai Kung on 20th May, 2018 Sunday. Ten Expeditions Instructors canoed throughout the sea area in Sai Kung under the guidance of Mr. Lau Kwok Wah, our Senior Canoeing Expeditions Instructor. Activity report>>
Expeditions Annual Seminar on Adventure Based Counseling skills organized by Expeditions Section Panel was successfully held on 15th May, 2018 Tuesday at The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association Headquarters. It was a great pleasure to have Mr. Tung Ho Yin, who is Registered Adventure Based Counseling Practitioner as well as Hiking Expeditions Instructor, to be our guest speaker. The talk attracted more than 100 Instructors, Assessors and Award Leaders from different Operating Authorities. Activity report>>
A promotion day was held on 8th May 2018 in Po Kwong School in order to introduce AYP to disabled students through games. Students actively participated in all the activities. On Saturday Morning in the same week, students also joined a hiking day to experience the fun of hiking. Activity report>>
The 96th Silver Award Presentation, officiated by The Hon Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, the Chief Secretary for Administration, was successfully held on 24 April 2018 (Tuesday) at Pui Ching Primary School, Kowloon. This time we have 352 Silver Awardees and 75 recipients of Certificate of Appreciation (7 years’ & 3 years’ service). The Presentation ended in ardent applause of over 500 recipients and guests. Photo Album>>
Spring Reception 2018 was successfully held at The Cityview on 28 February. We would like to express thanks for the supports of volunteers, Operating Authorities and Government Departments. Special thanks to Mr. Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, JP and Mr. John Lee Ka-chiu, SBS, PDSM, PMSM, JP who shared the joy of Chinese New Year with us. The Cheque Presentation Ceremony of Dr. Irene Tang AYP International Exchange Programme Fund was sucessfully held during the event. Mr. Lo Yan-lai, Chairman of the Award Council represented the Award Scheme to receive the cheque from Dr. Irene Tang. Photo Album>>
2018 Rogaine6 organized by The Hong Kong Award for Young People was successfully held on 4 February 2018 (Sunday). Participants and volunteers made it through with steadfast dedication and strong team spirit! There are almost 200 teams with about 600 participants took part in the tournament. Special thanks must be given to our volunteers who supported the event. Photo Album>> Please refer to Rogaine website for the competition result and event updates.
The Hong Kong Award for Young People Charity Golf Day 2018 was successfully held at Hong Kong Golf Club (Fanling) on January 22, 2018. More than 50 golfers participated in the competition supporting local youth development at the same time. All fund raised will support young people aged 14-24 to participate in and complete the internationally recognized Award Scheme.
Physical Recreation Section Annual Seminar for Cycling Development organized by Physical Recreation Section Panel was successfully held on 6th December 2017 at The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association Headquarters. It was our honor to invite Mr. Liu Ka Kit (Panel Member of PR Section) and Ms. Cham Yuen Wai (CRS Cycling Instructor), to be our guest speaker. Mr. Liu first shared how to complete PR Section by cycling and Ms. Cham shared the cycling requirement of Expeditions Section. Participants could better understand how cycling activities in both Sections complemented each other. The seminar attracted more than 40 instructors from different Operating Authorities. Activity report>>
The triennial International Gold Event (IGE) took place in the Czech Republic this year. There were 76 participants from different parts of the world to help shape and deliver the Award worldwide. Two Gold Awardees represented AYP to attend the IGE 2017. During the event, Mr. Christopher Pang was elected as the Emerging Leader Representatives of Asia Pacific Region. He will represent young people of Asia Pacific Region to attend the International Council meetings and also regional conferences in the next three years. Activity report>>
Five Section Panels Gathering organized by Award Programmes and Assessment Sub-Committee was successfully held on 13th October 2017 at Crystal Ballroom, The Cityview. It was a great opportunity for the Award to express gratitude to all volunteers for their support in the past year. More than 70 volunteers attended the gathering. Activity report>> Photo Album >>
2 Korea Exchange Projects were successfully held in summer vacation 2017, which included the Gold Level Expeditions assessment journey and SmarTone AYP Hong Kong – Korea Exchange Project 2017. After the participants from the 2 activities came back HK, a report back sharing session was held at Kowloon Award Centre on 12th September 2017. Participants shared experience and things they learnt in Korea. Activity report>>
The CRS Refreshment Training, Visit to Government Flying Service (GFS) was successfully held on 8th September 2017. There were 24 Instructors and Assessors from different Operating Authorities attended the training. They understood more about the daily operations of GFS and the search and rescue service provided. Activity report>>
HK Macau Canoeing Challenge Trip 2017, which was co-organized by The Hong Kong Award for Young People and Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps, was completed successfully on 21 Aug 2017. 26 young people accomplished the trip by spending 4-day-3-ngiht. The Send-off Ceremony was held at the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association Jockey Club Tung Chung Activity Centre. We are honored to have Mr. LAU Ming Wai, GBS, JP as the Officiating Guest of the Ceremony. Photo Album>>>
SmarTone A 7-day and 6-night culture exchange project to Korea was successfully held between 15 August and 21 August 2017. 15 Hong Kong Gold Award participants traveled to different provinces in Korea with 11 Korean Gold Award participants. They visited Seoul, Cheonan and Yeongdeok to have different cultural exchange activities. During the trip, Hong Kong participants learnt more about Korean history and culture, and built up friendship with Korean participants. Activity report>>
After training for three months, our participants are ready to undertake their Gold Level Expeditions assessment journey in South Korea in coming August. A launching ceremony was held on 27th July 2017 at the Award Office. Activity report>>
Mr. LAU Ming-wai, Chairman of Commission on Youth came to Award Office to take part in Youth Development Policy Consultation on 24th July 2017 (Monday). Mr. Lau, Award holders, volunteer and staff shared the views on youth issues, such as citizen participation, all-round development, and sustainable development. Many insights were given after the sharing and discussion. Photo Album >>
Expeditions Annual Seminar for Cycling Expeditions Development organized by Expeditions Section Panel was successfully held on 18th May 2017 Thursday at The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association Headquarters. It was our honour to invite Mr. Chan Chung Yu, Senior Cycling Expeditions Instructor, to be our guest speaker to share his experience on organizing a Cycling Expeditions course. The talk attracted more than 60 Instructors, Assessors and Award Leaders from different Operating Authorities. Activity report>> Teaching Materials>>
The 95th Silver Award Presentation, officiated by The Hon Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBS, JP, the Chief Secretary for Administration, was successfully held on 11 May 2017 at MacPherson Stadium, Mong Kok. This time we have 316 Silver Awardees and 68 recipients of Certificate of Appreciation (7 years’ & 3 years’ service). The Presentation ended in ardent applause of over 500 recipients and guests. Photo Album >> List of Recipients (Full List)>>
An Instructor Self-Enhancement Course on Mountain Casualty Handling organized by Expeditions Instructors Central Registration Unit was successfully held on 7th April 2017 Friday at Civil Service Aid Headquarters. It was our honor to invite Mr. Louis Chow, ECSI Wilderness First Aid Instructor, to be our guest speaker. The talk attracted more than 140 instructors and assessors from different Operating Authorities. Activity report>> Teaching Materials I>> Teaching Materials II>>
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[獎勵計劃持章人成功橫渡英倫海峽 創下145年未曾締造的紀錄] 圖左註解 Allen (圖左) 及Eugene (圖右) 於船上保暖以準備接力。 圖右註解 Allen在橫渡英倫海峽挑戰的6小時後於晨光中向法國出發。 做不平凡的事 鄭麗珊律師 (下稱Eliza隊長)、車偉恒律師 (下稱Allen)及黃宇正律師 (下稱Eugene) 於2020年9月6日創下了145年來首支香港團隊以接力方式橫渡英倫海峽，即由英國游泳到法國的紀錄；除了為兒童及青少年慈善團體籌得善款外，使更多來自低收入家庭及有特殊學習需要的小朋友能夠習泳，亦為彼此留下一個專屬他們的難忘回憶。 世界真細小 Allen及Eugene分別於八十年代及九十年代中學時期都參加了香港青年獎勵計劃(下稱獎勵計劃)。獎勵計劃參加者的章級旅程中需要經歷「訂立目標」、「計劃」、「實踐」及「完成目標」。而他們於兩年前計劃橫渡英倫海峽時，彷彿再次經歷一次章級旅程。 機會是留給有準備的人 他們除了安頓自身的工作、還要訓練及安排行程，當中更有一個意想不到的課題── 就是要增磅。因為英倫海峽全年只有六月至九月適合橫渡，惟水溫只有十六、七度左右，隊伍需要於出發前增磅，令身體可適應冰冷的海水。正正因為團隊完成挑戰的決心始終如一，即使因為新型冠狀病毒疫情，令他們由原定的七月延期至九月出發，他們仍一致地向標竿直跑。 堅持＋鼓勵＝成功要素 他們為目標積極進行練習，每天趕及工作前凌晨練習及黑夜游泳；即使天氣不穩及受疫情的影響，練習游泳的場地、次數及人數都相應改變，種種未出發前的變數並未有阻撓了他們完成目標的決心。Allen及Eugene認為隊友互相鼓勵，同事的支援、家人朋友的包容及公眾人士的支持是他們能在世紀疫情下完成今次不平凡挑戰的決定性元素。 找到預期外的好風光 三人於9月5日到達英國，沒有想過還未定過神來好好休息及適應時差，便要立即於當晚凌晨時分開展長達13小時48分鐘，合共超過60公里的橫渡。他們將16度的冰冷海水、急速的水流、強大的陣風、暈浪、肩膀舊患、抽筋等障礙逐一擊破，全因隊友的支持、對目標的堅持及對自己的承諾。Allen及Eugene異口同聲說：「很多事情即使你做好計劃，但總會有變數。發生意料之外的事時，不要去埋怨，發揮團體合作精神，並找出解決方法，才是正確的態度。於參加獎勵計劃時學到的解難能力都發揮了出來！」 下一站的目的地 團隊起初構思橫渡英倫海峽，他們希望可做多一點，行多一步，及以自身力量為幫助他人。完成此創舉後，Allen及Eugene表示他們希望可再次挑戰自己。他們打趣的賣個關子，讓我們一起期待他們往後的分享！ 以杯麵為在海中接受挑戰的隊友打打氣！ Eugene接力最後一棒，終點在望！ Allen (圖左) 及Eliza隊長 (圖右) 於終點岸上喜迎Eugene (圖中)。 由Allen、Eliza隊長及Eugene 組成的首支橫渡英倫海峽香港接力泳隊成功完成挑戰。 伸延閱讀： 黑夜挑戰片段： https://www.facebook.com/516163313/videos/pcb.10157457756573314/10157457658533314 隊伍挑戰成功一刻： https://www.facebook.com/100025622732401/videos/pcb.859244057939727/701839130680172/
學校執行處—可風中學（嗇色園主辦）彭永詩第九十八屆銀章得獎者 調整心態 重新出發 面對疫症及未知數時令到我及身邊的同學都感到迷惘，不過當自己經歷過銀章的挑戰後，令我有信心及能力去克服今次的「疫」境。而於銀章過程中我學會將困難視為自己的機遇，一種令自己更優勝的機遇，所以於這艱難的時候，就要更加積極讓自己進步。參加AYP後，我的心態上改變了不少，明白到當面對改變不了的事實，既然已經發生，與其埋怨及逃避，倒不如視為推動力，這才可真正解決問題及令自己成長。 除了隊友同教練的陪伴之外，目標清晰是很重要的，為自己訂立目標及期望才先會令自己有動力去追求成功。最後，我好感謝學校老師李Sir，他默默為我們付出，例如中五的參加者因為學業比較忙不知如何安排活動時，老師為我們安排教練親身到學校開班，讓我們可以順利完成銀章之旅。
直屬執行處—明愛樂群學校馮俊彥同學第九十八屆銀章得獎者非言語能表達的獎章旅程 對於非口語及有特殊需要的學生而言，正規課堂學習本來已經是一件不容易的事，更遑論走出校園接受非正規教育。來自明愛樂群學校的馮俊彥同學有著不同的身份，他既是第九十八屆銀章得獎者，亦已經完成所有金章級的章級活動，即將會成為一位金章得獎者。他憑著自己的努力、同伴的扶持及老師的理解與體諒成功跨越不同的章級挑戰，以行動打破自身先天條件的不足，成為一位多元的AYP章級持有人。 為人被動 同伴互補不足 馮俊彥同學的父親表示，兒子為人比較被動，性格內向，於參加獎勵計劃之前亦是一位遇事會輕易放棄的青年人，經常隨團出發一起參加章級活動的明愛樂群學校鍾老師亦坦言本身比較擔心馮同學會不能融入群體活動及輕言放棄。然而，於多次陪同明愛樂群學校的參加者進行不同的章級活動後，鍾老師表示自己輕視了同伴於獎勵計劃旅程的力量。受先天性格影響，馮同學本身對任何事情都很敏感，尤其特別怕火。於進行野外鍛鍊科戶外煮食期間，很多時候都需要自行生火，馮同學由一開始很抗拒，到後來受一起參加AYP的同校同學麥詠貞同學及曾俊豐同學鼓勵下能自行生火。獎勵計劃多元化的活動驅使馮同學由一位很怕事的人，慢慢於多次與隊友的相處中建立了默契及互信，亦令他開始學習於過程中互相幫助隊友。 「我不擅於表達，但我以行動證明自己。」 受同伴影響而克服了對火的恐懼，令馮同學內心明白到友伴間互相扶持的可貴。不擅辭令的他選擇以行動來回應同伴、導師及老師對他的關懷及幫助。由於馮同學體力相對較其他學員好，於進行體力勞動較大的野外鍛鍊科活動時，他會於出發前默默把重裝備都擔在自己的肩上，不介意替隊友分擔重物。鍾老師表示，馮同學於日常生活中很多時候都不能自理，需要依賴家長及老師照顧。然而，令他喜出望外的是，透過接受獎勵計劃非正規的教育內容激發出另一面的馮俊彥同學。 於參加AYP活動時，馮同學能與隊友互相合作及配合，靠自己的努力成功挑戰章級。即使重回日常生活中，他的社交活動技巧並沒有明顯改善，然而對於社會中一直被受歧視的一群人而言，AYP帶給特殊需要參加者的並不是一項獎項殊榮，而是他們及其身邊人的一個挑戰自我的體驗之旅。透過走出校園，真正學習生活中各種技能，比書本上所學到的知識更為畢生受用。 *由於馮俊彥同學是非口語學生，由家長於馮同學在場下代為接受訪問。
[Together we walk through this – Still volunteering at home] Leung Tin Fan Tiffany, student of Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School and participant of Bronze Award still engage actively and enrich her Award journey in this challenging period. “I can still give useful services to teacher and classmates under class suspension period.” As a multi-functional subject leader, Tiffany still takes her own responsibility reminding her classmates to submit homework, assisting in taking notes as well as different online learning experiences. She also reminds teachers to well-prepared for different procedures as live-streamed classes were conducted. The current situation is no doubt affecting our daily life. However, we should take good advantage of this period and make it count! One of the five sections of AYP – Service Section is designed to develop participants a sense of community service and a feeling of responsibility to others through take part in volunteer services. Tiffany inspired by this spirit to keep her commitment towards her classmates and teachers.
[Together we walk through this – Don’t stop learning something at home] Class suspension does not mean stop learning. Keep going with your Award journey! Miss. Nam Ka Yi, participant of Silver Award, student from Tack Ching Girls’ Secondary School demonstrates a good example of continuing the Award at home in this critical time. “Staying at home cannot stop me from doing my Award.” With a flexible and unique system, participants can do the Award anytime anywhere, and it’s totally adjustable! Learning English as her Skills Section, while Kayi is currently unable to attend lessons outside. However, her online learning English experience for Skills Section so far is progressing steadily with her foreign teacher. She also finds this way is much more interesting than having face-to-face lessons. All of our lives are in some way affected by this. However, AYP acts as a good platform for young people to step out from their comfort zone with chances of facing challenges. Learning how to step up and keep going with our normal lives are another acquisition of skills for our youth. No matter anywhere anytime, continue with The Award journey!
[Together we walk through this – Not afraid of danger, challenges and limits] Quarantine centres are no doubt one of the feared items nowadays across the city. However, Lawrence, AYP Gold Award Holder and member of Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) participate as volunteer to work at Quarantine centres. Let’s see the reason behind. Apart from frontline healthcare workers who are fighting the disease for us, a gang of volunteers from AMS also take their duty all the time effortlessly. Lawrence have started volunteering at Quarantine centres in the very beginning of this global challenge. Job duties include but not limited to sending close contacts people to Quarantine centres for investigation and conduct initial diagnosis for them as well. “I have developed a strong sense of engagement with community throughout my entire Award journey. Satisfaction that I could gain from the volunteering work is incomparable and irreplaceable. The return that I got back is uncountable as money but mentally fulfilled. No matter how danger it is, I will keep devoting and have full protection to protect myself.” Let’s fight against together! Take Lawrence as an good example under stressful period.
[Together we walk through this – Happy Share!] Epidemic prevention supplies as well as daily necessities seem better to be more than enough at everyone’s home with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, under the insecure circumstances, there are still some heroes trying their best to help the community. Let see Mr. Dino SHA, our Silver Award Holder’s story. Inspired by the spirit of The Award, Dino no longer afraid of challenges but take it as an opportunity to step out of his comfort zone. He also increased engagement with the community by offering hands to needy and bearing responsibility. He also understand the importance of facing adversity with an accurate and positive value. “Having ability to give is the best feeling for me! The virus unites all of us though it’s cruel as well. ” Dino worked hard on souring different epidemic supplies such as face masks, alcohol hand gel and containers during the very first stage of COVID-19. He didn’t have any mechanism to support but only his own hands. He also influenced his friends to join him to participate in this meaningful volunteering by distributing all the protective resources to the elderly and frontline cleaning workers. Dino wishes all…
[Together we walk through this – Don’t stop your Award Journey!] There’s never a full stop for AYP participants despite this difficult time! A gang of college students as well as doing their Gold Awards: Kung Sze Lin, Li Chun Ngai, Wong Kwan Luen and Chan Pui Ting shared the same belief under current global challenge – there’s must be a way to keep yourself moving on in the Award journey. “The first thing we bump out in our mind is what can we offer when we saw AYP will distribute anti-COVID19 packs to needy young people. Therefore we joined as volunteers to assist with the 1,500 packing of anti-COVID19 packs.” For AYPers, hiking is not only a leisure and social media oriented activity but a training expeditions! All AYP participants, please pick a side door route to get yourself well prepared with the Award journey!
[Together we walk through this – More than hiking!] Hiking is not only an outdoor activity for AYPers. Mr. Chan Hing Ho (Ho), with multiple roles including Gold Award Holder, existing AYP expeditions instructor (Hiking & Kayak) and ex-Outward Bound Hong Kong instructor, fully understands the true meaning of hiking. “It’s no doubt that hills and countryside are being polluted harmfully recently. Therefore I decide to clean-up rubbish in some hiking routes with my family and friends as well as influencing my children not to stop learning even class has been suspended, teaching them not to pollute the nature, being environmental-friendly as a responsible hiker.” As AYP expeditions instructor, instead of limiting his mission to provide expeditions guidance for participants in the countryside, on waterways or at the sea, Ho is also being a role model for all of us. Keep up good manner to our lovely nature!
[Together we walk through this – Fly with a Smile!] “As a flight attendant, we are in great danger to get infected. However, I have never bumped up a thought of stop flying. My mission in this global challenge is to provide professional service to every passenger in their journey, giving them a comfortable in-flight experience.” Apart from frontline carers, crew members have to suffer great danger when serving Hong Kong residents to return back by flying with flights arranged by the government. Please listen to Cynthia’s advice, who is a Silver Award Holder and one of the crew members of Cathay Pacific, stay at home and let’s see each other later on the plane and travel safely soon after immigration restrictions have been lifted!
[Together we walk through this – Way under PPE] Although the situation has become less tense, we should remain all the anti-COVID19 measures in order to keep protecting ourselves and each other. The most important thing is if we do not continue to behave well, efforts made by all the frontline workers and carers in the first stage of the virus will be wasted. Let’s see the story of AYP Gold Award Holder, member of Civil Aid Service, Jason Pang. “I have been working in different quarantine centres include Lady MacLehose Holiday Village, Lei Yue Mun Park, Po Leung Kuk Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp and Chun Yeung Estate, with different responsibilities and duties assigned such as registration, sending on and off, distribution of means and daily necessities as well. I have to deal with different people in the working process, which I must credited to my AYP journey, which makes everything smoother and easier. Compared with my hiking experiences accumulated in Expeditions Section, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to handle different work becomes a challenge, and this also motivates me to stay strong in every difficult occasions.” Let’s be safe and remain all the anti-virus measures to tackle COVID-19…
[Together we walk through this – Stand and Deliver with Heart] Apart from the contribution made by frontline carers in this anti-COVID19 battle, a gang of workers also commit to their work continuously during this unclear circumstance. Teachers and parents can finally be relieved upon the confirmation of class resumption announced by the government. Take a look of Gold Award Holder, college teacher, Michael on how to behave well in this challenging period. “I was inspired by my AYP journey on how to be a responsible leader and teacher, act as a role model for my students. I understand the importance of caring and providing guidance to my students when they are getting lost in their learning and growing process as once I was at the same position as them. Therefore, even I couldn’t meet them in person during class suspension period, I keep contacting with them to ensure everything goes well includes their academic affairs as well as their mental being. Making them have a sense of “suspending classes without suspending learning” is not limited to students but also applies on us, as teachers. I strongly believe it is more likely as the relationship of AYP instructors and participants,…
[Together we walk through this – Suspending classes without suspending learning with Award Operating Authority!] In response to COVID-19, Award Operating Authority used different ways to support participants in e-learning while staying at home. A video communications software was used in Korean class and dubbing class. And a social networking site was used in photography course, participants share their assignments in that platform. Suspending Classes without Suspending Learning. Positive feedbacks were received from participants: Anson Ho from Dubbing Course “It was great! Although it is not as good as having classroom learning, I was happy to see my classmates in e-class.” Michelle Tong from Korean Course “In order not to delay the learning progress, AOA provided an e-learning platform during this epidemic. Having more time to learn Korean by watching Korean drama is definitely one of the benefits of staying at home. Alvis Law from Photography Course “The course used social media platform in e-learning. It was innovative, time saving and most importantly can fulfil the necessary of learning during this suspension period.”
[Together we walk through this – Get well prepared during stay home stay safe period!] Gold Award Participants Emily, Henry and Dennis from Gold Award Unit (GAU) continue to engage in AYP Service Section in this challenging period. They have participated in Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association Service Programme over the past year and become seminar speakers after a series of training sessions. They advocate the acceptance and support to Guide Dogs through seminars to enhance an inclusive society. ‘We can keep preparing for Guide Dog Seminar, fearless of the COVID-19 outbreak impact!’ As seminar speakers, they chose to take this chance to update the Seminar content and wish to further contribute to the development of Guide Dogs service when the epidemic is over.