Inspiring Stories & Interview
Teenager treasures the internship experience in dog hotel
Po Ying: "We are young, let’s try!"
Po Ying is interested in art creation and hopes to find a design-related job after graduation. But, the path is never easy. “I have thought of studying High Diploma Yi Jin Programme (Design Studies) but failed. I felt lost in finding my way forward.” she said.
Po Ying then joined CLAP for Youth @ JC programme and had the opportunity to be an animal groomer at a dog hotel for three months. She was first frightened to touch the dogs, but after the workplace training, she has overcome the fear and can now comb dogs’ hair and wash their ears at ease.
“Dogs come near to me and want me to touch them. It gives me great satisfaction. I used to think myself incapable of doing this and that, but now I think why not give a try and learn.”
After participating in the activity, Po Ying started to know her strength/potential and became confident in herself. She said: “I realize that I may have potential in caring for pets and other service industries as well. Besides developing my career in design, there are indeed many other options!”
Social worker Ah So said Po Ying was now more willing to get along with people and brave to find her own career pathway. For the future, Po Ying planned to study design again or develop her career in service industries such as retail.
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.
Becoming a dodge ball coach through fun engagement
Hoi Shuen, “It gives me great satisfaction when I heard them calling me Coach”
Hoi Shuen was invited by his social worker to join a dodge ball team in 2015. He doubted at first and said to himself, “Oh, is there really a team for dodge ball?”. Hoi Shuen thought that dodge ball was just a game instead of a sport, and he started to play dodge ball just out of curiosity and wanted to have fun.
After practicing for several times, Hoi Shuen found that dodge ball was not that simple. He said, “I was such a person with limited outlook. Playing dodge ball requires strategic thinking, co-operation and adaptation skills.” Then he became a dodge ball fan, attending practice almost every week and dodge ball became part of his life.
There are always difficulties and happy moments in learning process. His team participated in Hong Kong Dodge Ball Association’s league without winning a trophy. They were even greatly defeated and scored 0 in several competitions.
Being encouraged by the social worker and the coach, they finally regained confidence and won the third place in partnership with Dragon Innovation Athletic Association (D.I.A.A) at the Northern District Dodge ball Championship.
Through dodge ball coaching for young kids, Hoi Shuen found himself becoming more mature in mentoring and communicating. “It gives me great satisfaction when I heard them calling me Coach!” said he.
Coaching children and teenagers reminds Shuen of the days when he was young, he feels happy and satisfied when his work is recognised by those teenagers.
Hoi Shuen has a passion to promote Dodge ball in Hong Kong. He therefore studied a course and obtained the Coach and Adjudicator Qualification (Level 1). He hopes that one day he could have his own students. Though playing dodge ball may not be his future career, but he will hold on to this as a hobby and share with others the joy of playing this sports.
Movie.PathFinder @MCube is a systematic training programme organised by the HKCS Career and Life Adventure Planning Service Team (Kowloon West). MCube refers to “Media”, “Motivation” and “Multiple Pathways”. The Team is convinced that using images to unfold the life stories of young people would be more appealing, and by showing youth’s life stories on the screen, they will be able to review and redefine their stories from a third-person perspective. In view of this, the Team has chosen film as the medium for engaging young people to start their career and life planning journey. Through a series of training programmes, the Team aims to raise young people’s motivation in career exploration, as well as to develop multiple pathways through the practice of microfilm production.
The structured training course is designed to enable youth participants to understand the new media ecology and microfilm production skills relevant to preparation, creation, shooting, editing, soundtrack production, sound effect design and other areas of multimedia creation, which can help stimulate their sense of creativity. With the one-on-one case follow-up service provided by the social worker, youth participants will go through experiencing the four pillars of career and life planning, which encompasses Engagement, Self-understanding, Career & Pathway Exploration, and Career Planning & Management.
Based on the principles of “Work for Youth” and “Work with Youth”, MCube aims to help the youth participants to transfer the Values, Skills, Attitudes and Knowledge (VASK) they accumulated into Identity formation, and enhance the other aspects, including Awareness, Action and Support under the framework of Meaningful Engagement. Upon completion of the training, the youth participants would be divided into two production teams for producing a microfilm of 5-10 minutes as graduation assignment.
The CLAP Talks is a platform for young people and guests to share their ideas about life and career planning with the Jockey Club Acclaim Program. The first guest to share with us is Supper Moment!