What is CLAP?
“CLAP for Youth @ JC” (CLAP) is Hong Kong’s first cross-sectoral support platform that helps students and non-engaged youth navigate their futures. This five-year programme will develop an evidence-based intervention model, professional career and life planning teams, a one-stop e-portal and parent and employer engagement – all to foster an enabling environment to create a new paradigm with a new discourse on work, success and talent match. CLAP was launched in May 2015 with a HK$500 million donation funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
Young people are our future. It is crucial for our young people to have a fruitful transition from youth and school to adulthood and work. However, with the advancement of technology and shifting socio-economic environment, the transition may present challenges that can leave some feeling frustrated. Meanwhile, we believe that young people have diverse interests and abilities, and many dreams to pursue, and they may need some support and assistance to overcome the challenges they encounter in pursuing their life and career pathways. It is with this reason that the Trust, partnering with the key stakeholders in town, has launched this five-year initiative to inspire both young people and their enablers on the importance of multiple pathways.
At CLAP, we believe that career and life planning is an adventure rich of opportunities for young people to explore. During their adventures, young people, as the owner of their career and life planning, will discover their real self, interest, potential and confidence, and develop the necessary competence to make informed choices about their career path and life goals. It is our objective to provide these adventurous opportunities for young people to explore their life journeys.
CLAP also believes in the importance of creating an enabling environment for youth. CLAP has been working to unite youth’s enablers including parents, teachers, social work professionals, as well as employers to embrace a diversified and inclusive definition of success, which will empower our young people with multiple pathways. In the longer term, we hope to inspire a new mindset on work, success and talent match in our community through CLAP.
In 5 years, we want to achieve below objectives:
- Build an effective, holistic and sustainable career and life planning intervention model for Hong Kong youth and to enhance the professional capacity of teachers and social workers on career guidance and interventions.
- Support youth identify their career interests and provide comprehensive information to assist them make informed career choices in their critical transitions.
- Promote multiple pathways, unleash youth’s potential, and develop youth’s positive attitudes and values towards life and career.
- Enhance the knowledge and participation of parents and public on youth career and life planning, and establish a cross-sectoral collaboration platform and support network for youth.