URA and TWGHs join hands to launch Young Leaders Programme
The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has joined forces with Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) for the first time to co-organise the "Touching Lives; Reaching Out: Young Leaders Programme" for secondary school students under TWHGs, with an aim to help develop young people's leadership, problem solving and interpersonal skills through coaching on programme management and execution while at the same time encouraging them to explore, care, serve and promote the community.
A launching ceremony for the Young Leaders (YL) Programme was held today (Friday), which was officiated by Chief Executive of TWGHs, Mr Albert Su Yau-on, Non-Executive Director of the URA Board, Dr Gregg Li Ka-lok, and Managing Director of the URA, Ir Wai Chi-sing.
The six-month programme will be joined by 60 students from TWGHs Mrs Wu York Yu Memorial College, TWGHs Lee Ching Dea Memorial College, TWGHs Chang Ming Thien College and TWGHs Wong Fut Nam College.
The YL Programme will comprise a series of exploration docent visits for better understanding of the local character and issues of old districts, voluntary activities initiated by students to serve residents of the old districts, and by means of social media to promote the local character and neighbourhood of the district where the voluntary activities will take place.
A series of training programmes will be organised to equip students with leadership, communication, interpersonal, problem solving and programme management skills. The YL Programme will also provide professional development training for participating teachers/teacher assistants who provide guidance and advice to the students throughout the six-month period.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Managing Director of the URA, Ir Wai Chi-sing said: "I am really impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of the participating students in the design of their team logos and slogans. I trust that they can further equip themselves through taking part in this learning experience to become young leaders of our future."
He added that he was grateful for the support of the Education Division of TWGHs, school principals and teachers in the YL Programme, which is run as a pilot scheme this year. "I look forward to extending this meaningful programme for young people to more schools in the coming years," he said.
Chief Executive of TWGHs, Mr Albert Su Yau-on said: "TWGHs' schools have proactively integrated the community element into the curriculum in recent years to encourage our students to care for the community at their young age. Indeed, our work shared the common goal with this young leaders programme."
Mr Su also thanked the participating teachers for providing assistance and guidance to the students and wished every success for the YL Programme.
After completion of the six-month programme, the participating students will share their achievements with the community in a finale event to be held in September this year.