Currently, it is estimated that the number of youth
aged between 15 and 19, who are neither employed nor
in school, is around 100,000 (Commission on Youth, 2003).
Services for those non-engaged youth deserve high priority
as they have difficulties in getting into their right
paths. The concern is that they may easily lose their
motivation and confidence during such non-engaged period.
LET'S Walk project, sponsored by Education and Manpower
Bureau, bauhaus and Fast Base Enterprise is designed
for all non-engaged youth aged 14 to 21. The program
starts in October and aims to tackle non-engaged issues
by providing practical skills and motivation to change
among youth. It caters to the needs of young people
with low educational attainment. The program carries
four specific goals:
- To identify non-engaged youth facing social exclusion,
to help motivate change and reconnect them with society.
- To rebuild self-confidence through equipping non-engaged
youth with skills and experiences, and to provide
opportunities for a smooth transition to meaningful
- To help curb the escalation of adverse circumstances
among those who quit school or unemployed.
- To build an integrated and supportive network and
LET'S Walk includes nine core programs offering differentiated
and integrated services to young people. It delivers
according to the needs and motivations of young people.
All young people in LET'S Walk will have a personal
advisor (registered social workers) to help them identify
their goals and set directions; they will also be available
to support them when they make important life choices.
The nine core programs are:
- Dynamic Hotline -
It welcomes all family members, teachers of the non-engaged
youth to phone in for suitable services.
- "Invisible" Hunter
- It delivers out-reach services to non-engaged
youth, who lack motivation and direction, especially
to those who are addicted to video or electronic games.
- Parent Alliance - The
program enhances mutual support among parents facing
- "Neteen" -
It networks with schools, educational organisations
and boys' and girls' homes to effectively identify
youngsters who may consider leaving school or facing
the crossroad of such decision.
- Path Creation Project - It
provides various activities and training courses to
equip clients with skills in targeting areas of development.
- Back to School - The
program assists those who had quit school to gain
a second chance of receiving their formal education.
- Fans Club - To develop
positive peer support network through activities including
adventure, music, sports, arts and volunteering activities.
- Go to Work - Initiates
on-job training schemes, equips youngsters with essential
skills required by the marketplace.
- Youth Motivating Fund -
Provides incentives and financial assistance to enhance
Under a declined economy in Hong Kong, the young people
leaving school unqualified and remaining unemployed
have come into a very tight bind of personal development
with many restrictions. The programs initiated under
LET'S Walk are positive solutions to the disadvantaged
situation for these youngsters. It provides opportunities
and exposures for them to reenter our society equipped
with confidence and skills.