Funding Scheme for Youth Positive Thinking Activities
The Government is committed to promoting the diversified development of young people and making different activities available to them to realise their potentials, with a view to fostering a healthy environment conducive to their growth. However, the volatile pandemic situation and the prolonged school suspension earlier have impacted the lives and learning patterns of young people. The Chief Executive stated in his 2022 Policy Address that we should create opportunities for our children to develop and flourish while nurturing a new generation of young people having an affection for our country and for Hong Kong and possessing global perspectives, who will contribute to the country and the city. The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau (HYAB) has recently published the first edition of the Youth Development Blueprint (the Blueprint) which outlines the principles, objectives and actions of the Government in pursuing youth development. To work towards the direction of the Blueprint, help young people develop positive thinking as well as improve their physical and mental well-being, team spirit and resilience, the HYAB and Youth Development Commission have jointly launched the new “Funding Scheme for Youth Positive Thinking Activities” (the Funding Scheme) under the Youth Development Fund to subsidise eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to organise projects that are conducive to nurturing young people’s positive thinking, particularly those projects which would involve cross-sectoral collaboration or be youth-led and could drive community building.
Mission and Objective
The Funding Scheme aims to promote the awareness of young people’s physical and mental well-being, nurture positive thinking amongst them and cultivate their positive values; and enable them to become a new generation possessing a sense of responsibility and having an aspiration and willingness to contribute to the development of our country and of Hong Kong. Given that positive thinking covers many aspects, the sponsored projects are required to have a clear objective and direction, for example, enhancing positive values such as young people’s sense of belonging to our country and society, and the advancement of the rule of law, etc.