Our policy objectives on youth development are to -
- Nurture a new generation of Hong Kong young people equipped with an affection for the country and for Hong Kong, global perspectives, professional skills, a mindset of lifelong learning and positive thinking;
- Create opportunities for young people's upward mobility and comprehensively raise their all-roundedness and competitiveness through providing a wider array of development opportunities and support measures;
- Establish more effective channels to listen to young people with different backgrounds and provide a platform for young people to participate in public affairs.
To take forward youth development work in a more effective manner, the Government established the Youth Development Commission in 2018. The Commission is chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration and it is responsible for enhancing policy coordination within the Government and enabling holistic and more effective examination of, and discussion on issues of concern to young people. The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau provides support to the work of the Commission, and coordinate various youth development measures through collaboration with relevant bureaux/departments, uniformed groups and other youth organisations.
In addition, the Home and Youth Affairs Bureau will coordinate the promulgation of a blueprint for youth development. The blueprint will outline the objectives of Hong Kong's overall youth development work, as well as the specific actions, initiatives and indicators, etc.. The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau will take the lead to co-ordinate with relevant policy bureaux for the implementation of the blueprint.
The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau provides recurrent subvention to the following twelve uniformed groups and two NGOs for providing non-formal education and training programmes for young people -
Scout Association of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association
Hong Kong St. John Ambulance Brigade Youth Command
Association of Hong Kong Flag-guards
Hong Kong Army Cadets Association
The Hong Kong Award for Young People
The main purpose of the Youth Square ( Hong Kong Centre for Youth Development) is to serve as a focal point for territory-wide youth development activities in Hong Kong. It provides facilities and venues for promoting youth development and training. Please click here for more information of the Youth Square.