YOUTH EMPOWERED creates opportunities for Hong Kong youth to be active change-makers in serving the community. A Student Advisory Council of 30 youth representing a cross-section of Hong Kong schools works with HandsOn Hong Kong and six local nonprofits to develop and lead service programs focused on issues important to youth and ideal for student volunteers.

We are delighted that our 2022 cohort of YOUTH EMPOWERED volunteer leaders have been selected, so applications are closed. Training and program development are now underway. New service activities for youth volunteers will be launched in February, so keep an eye on our calendar for your opportunity to sign up!

How do the student leaders work with the HandsOn team?

• Learn about Hong Kong's evolving social needs and how volunteers can make a difference
• Participate in workshops to help shape 6 community service programs-addressing issues important to youth
• Work in teams with students from different schools to lead service activities throughout the year
• Act as ambassadors for HandsOn Hong Kong


Watch highlights from Youth Empowered 2020-21


How can other students get involved?

• YOUTH EMPOWERED enables the creation of new service activities that are ideal for youth volunteers
• 2022 programs will support six non-profit organizations:Christian Action, HKLSS Harmony Garden Lutheran Centre for the Elderly, Plastic Free Seas, Feeding Hong Kong, Help for Domestic Workers, & HKLSS Martha Boss Lutheran Community Centre
• Interested students should check out the HandsOn calendar for youth opportunities and sign up!


We know how valuable it is to have young people supporting community needs. What's equally exciting are the positive benefits that volunteering brings to youth. Studies have shown how participating in community service can play a role in warding off depression and anxiety and promoting a sense of balance and perspective. Volunteering from a young age has also been shown to develop confidence and leadership skills and adds "humanity" and tangible skills to university applications.