While exploring the way forward after taken the 2016 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE), Ah Jill, Ah Wah and Ah Shan joined CLAP for Youth @ JC programme and learnt floral design for the first time.
At first, Ah Jill thought that floral design was tedious and boring. But after making preserved flowers under the guidance of her mentor, she got inspired during the process. "We use small stem wire to wrap around the stem of Hydrangea flowers, arrange them gently into flower pot and turn them into a beautiful floral display," she said excitedly. "Through continuous life exploration, I can enhance my wisdom, gain experiences and bloom like flowers." Despite her right arm disability, Ah Jill determines to become a social worker to help others, to unleash her potential like flowers in full bloom.
Ah Wah is the most enthusiastic one about floral design and continues further studies. She even taught over 50 participants to make preserved flowers in two career expos. This shy girl has overcome the anxiety of talking to strangers. "I was anxious in talking with strangers before. After half year of career and life adventure planning, I gain confidence and become positive. The anxiety has gone now." She said.
Another girl Ah Shan has a talent for floral design. She was encouraged by the mentor to sell her products at the street market in Tap Seac District of Macau last year. She thanks the mentor for his guidance and assistance," she accompanied me to the street market and taught me how to display products to attract customers, etc."
Ah Shan learns to work seriously, which keeps inspiring her creativity in floral design. She said with confidence: "I wish to create more floral products, such as necklaces, pins, commodities, etc."
Three young people discover their potential and develop positive attitudes through meaningful engagement, while at the same time expanding their social networks, which enable them to explore multiple career pathways.