November 12, 2018Back to list
“Being a part of the Youth Centre has taught me the importance of patience and perseverance, especially when results are not immediately evident.
The past year of running the Youth Centre contained many ups and downs. Towards the end of 2015, it was bustling with a daily average participation rate of over 10 youths and a high of about 20 youths on ‘good’ days. However, the staff team felt that the high number of youths and the lack of a system to motivate them to participate in our character-building activities had limited our ability to work with them on a deeper level, as many of them merely treated the Centre as a place to hang out rather than a place of growth.
As a result, we decided to incorporate a credit system in February this year, where Youth Centre members were required to participate in activities in order to use our facilities. The change caused a drastic drop in participation rates, and although that was initially expected, there were highly discouraging periods of a few days at a time with little or no youth participations. Thankfully, after the launch of the Youth Grant scheme in August, there has been a return of regular participation on a daily basis. The new system has also allowed the staff team to play a greater part in the development of the youths, and we are truly blessed to witness many of them growing in their thinking processes, confidence and social skills.”
Mr Luke Yan
Programme Executive, Youth Outreach Centre
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