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 will work with HandsOn Hong Kong and six local nonprofit partners to develop and lead service programs focused on issues important to youth and ideal for student volunteers.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of YOUTH EMPOWERED 2.0, made possible with the generous support of ZeShan Foundation. Recruitment for the next batch of student leaders is open and we invite community-minded youth to submit their applications here.


How will this council of 30 students work with our 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

Who can apply?

• Any Hong Kong resident, aged 13-17; may speak Cantonese or English (or both)



Watch highlights from Youth Empowered 2020-21


What's involved and what's the timing?

• Applications open Nov 20 - Dec 30 
• Student advisors selected and notified by January 8
• 3 training workshops Jan - Feb to to develop 6 community service programs
• Lead a volunteer program 2-3 times per month Feb - Aug (with break for public holidays and school breaks)
• Each program team has 4 youth leaders to share leading responsibility and 1 youth ambassador to capture content and share impact


How to apply?

• Submit your application here by no later than 5:00 pm on Dec 30 

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.