Diversified programmes supported young people during epidemic
The epidemic has stolen the priceless memory and fascinating life of the youth. It is common for them to feel helpless or even anxious when facing the never-ending epidemic. To help young people cope with adversity, the Association has launched different activities to promote mental health and wellness.
Mega Drive, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club “COVID-19 Emergency Fund” Phase Two, issued two challenges to the teenagers. The sweating challenge demanded daily exercise and the soul-caring challenge encouraged expression of love and care to the community. Each challenge attracted over 1,200 pieces of work from students and teachers. Not only did they share their work in social media and promote the goodwill to their fellow students, their efforts also helped to gather resources for 1,000 current HKDSE candidates, and 700 low-income families and subdivided unit tenants.
To ease the pressure brought by the epidemic, schoolwork and examinations, the Association offered students with stress management and emotional support groups, and professional counselling service by clinical psychologists and senior counsellors. Other than providing entertainment, the online concert held in April also invited last year’s HKDSE candidates to share their experience in taking exams during the epidemic, which helped boost the confident of current candidates.
Sunlight Action@Tuen Mun is another COVID-related programme, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Jockey Club volunteers and young people cared for 100 elderly by making regular phone calls, and distributing anti-epidemic goods respectively. Creative youngsters also produced video about heartwarming story during the epidemic, and programme for children from low-income families or with special educational needs. It was good to help those who are in need, and at the same time, connect youth in the community.