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三位年青人體驗花藝製作建立自信
阿焦:"希望人生好似保鮮花咁盛放"

剛於2016 年中學文憑試畢業的阿焦、阿樺及阿珊正在尋覓出路之際,接觸到「賽馬會鼓掌‧創你程計劃」社工,並首次參加花藝製作班。

剛開始的時候,阿焦還以為花藝這門技術很刻板,沒想到在師友的指導下,竟可以製作出一盆精緻而富生命力的保鮮花。

阿焦興奮地說:「用好幼細嘅鐵線扭住脆弱嘅繡球花,一束一束地插入花泥,力度要温柔,位置要對準,平平無奇嘅花瓣會變成燦爛盛開嘅保鮮花。其實自己都係好平凡、渺小,但可以從不斷嘅探索中累積經驗和智慧,希望我嘅人生好似保鮮花一樣盛放。」阿焦雖然右手殘障,但發現自己很喜歡幫助別人,所以希望將來成為社工,發揮自己所長。

而阿樺在製作保鮮花時表現得最投入,在完成花藝創作班後更不斷鑽研技術,將所學的教授別人。她曾兩次在招聘展中教授超過 50人做花藝,初學者在其悉心教導下也很快「上手」。原本性格害羞的阿樺對陌生人的焦慮也減低了,更願意接受實習記者訪問。她說:「我以前唔會同陌生人傾偈,因為有好多莫名嘅恐懼同焦慮,但經歷半年嘅生涯規劃活動之後,開始建立起信心同正面嘅信念,依家有勇氣同陌生人傾偈。」

另一名年青人阿珊在花藝製作方面特別有天份,在師友鼓勵下,去年嘗試到澳門塔石區參加手作市集,擺賣保鮮花產品和飾物。她感謝師友的指導,「好多謝師友喺工餘時候去澳門陪我哋一齊擺檔,即場教我哋點樣擺啲產品、點樣吸引顧客,同指導我哋製作花藝嘅技術。」

阿珊從師友身上學習到做事認真,激發更多創作保鮮花的意念。她更躊躇滿志地表示:「最希望能夠創作更多花藝產品,例如頸鏈、扣針、實用品等。」

三個年青人在參與花藝創作中發掘自己的潛能和強項、建立正面信念,並擴闊自己的圈子,令她們的生涯路上有更多選擇,並以更樂觀的心態去規劃未來。

Three teenagers build confidence through floral design
Ah Jill, "Wish I could flourish like preserved flowers."

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.