Duration: December 2017 – March 2021
Initiator & Funder:
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
There has been a paradigm shift in the skills young people need today, and the kind of support they hope to seek outside of family and school. What role do Integrated Children and Youth Services Centres (ICYSCs) in Hong Kong play in this? This project aims to tackle the question of how youth workers and their respective organisations can keep up with the fast-changing social landscape and help young people become future-ready change makers in the community.
Good Lab is the capacity building partner of this three-year youth service innovation programme initiated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Coupled with the skill-based training provided by our technical partners for ICYSCs in the four tracks, namely Arts for Change, Social Technology, New Media, and Maker Education, we strengthen social workers’ capacities to innovate new work approach and co-create solutions with youth for the community.
In the first year, we introduced the Design Thinking methodology and the relevant tools to youth workers at the 16 participating ICYSCs. The goal was to equip them with fresh skills and new ways of thinking to co-create innovative solutions for the community with youth. In the training and consultation sessions we provided, we also curated community visits and knowledge exchange with community building practitioners for the workers. Inspiring them with different practices in addressing community needs through creative actions, we hoped the workers and youth could together play a more active role in tackling issues faced by their respective neighbourhoods. Leveraging skill-based support from technical partners, the workers and youth were empowered to prototype solutions based on the community needs they identified, ranging wayfinding robots for the elderly in hospitals to low-cost play equipment assembled with cardboards. Our capacity building programme has centred around innovating social workers’ approach in engaging with youth and nurturing a changemaker mindsets in them, so that their activities could become positive, purposeful interventions in the community.
Impact to Date
- Enabled social workers to experiment a new work approach with youth using fresh skills and a community development perspective
- Cultivated a changemaker mindset among youth workers through design thinking and innovation training
- Established connections between youth workers and innovative agencies to foster cross-sector collaboration
For details, refer to project website at http://jcyouthcreate.hk/en/partners/.