“Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant
to Bring Creativity and Joy to Society
(HONG KONG – July 12, 2015) Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Over the last decade, HKDL has grown with the city’s younger generation, encouraging them to impact society with their creativity, happiness and energy. Hand-in-hand with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, the resort yesterday kicked-off this year’s “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant at a launch ceremony in HKDL. The grant supports youth who want to shape their community in a positive way and assist others through volunteering.
The “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant supports community service projects led by youth aged 12–25. Projects are selected based on their potential for spreading happiness, promoting harmony in families and cultivating a strong caring culture between neighbors. As part of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups’ “Neighbourhood First” program, the grant has been overwhelmingly received this year, with a total of 110 proposals submitted. Fifty winning proposals that demonstrate creativity and love have been selected; each with financial assistance of up to HK$4,000 from HKDL to implement these community-improvement ideas during July to October this year.
One winning grant goes to Keelin Kan, a year one student at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University majoring in Social Work. Kan’s “T.S.W. Beauty Caring Campaign” seeks to help newly immigrated women in Tin Shui Wai expand their social networks. She plans to organize workshops teaching them how to make organic skincare products with assistance from classmates in her field. Visits to the women’s neighbors will also be arranged to help them open channels of communication using the gifts as ice-breakers. “I chose to study Social Work because I’ve always wanted to care for people,” Kan said. “As the daughter of immigrants, I understand these women’s difficulties, and hope to help them integrate into society and form relationships with their neighbors.”
In addition, the “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant will also jump-start a wide range of activities in different districts to engage people from all walks of life, including elderly visits with “Fotomo”-making and music concerts for kids suffering from leukemia. Some of the grantees are participants of the “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant for the second year. Like before, they will continue to use their creativity to launch imaginative volunteering proposals that spread love and care to those in need.
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About the “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant
The “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant allows Hong Kong youth aged 12-25 the opportunity to create impact society. The program provides awardees with funding of up to HK$4,000 to implement programs that promote creativity, love and social change. No matter what issue sare at hand, the “Disney Friends for Change” Youth Grant can help bring about positive, impactful change.
About “Neighbourhood First”
This youth-led project focuses on leadership training, volunteer services, online connectivity and regional collaborations as an initiative from The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, more than 100 teams consisting of 3,000 young people work in neighbourhoods throughout Hong Kong. Financed by the Community Investment & Inclusion Fund, the 3-year project aims to bring the community together by cultivating a strong caring culture between neighbours and thus building social capital within the community.
About The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (hkfyg.org.hk ︳m21.hk)
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) was founded in 1960 and has been committed to serving the youth of Hong Kong. Our care for the young is provided through a variety of services, activities and programmes, which have an annual attendance of five million. We encourage youth to reach their fullest potential and with community support, we now have over 60 service units. We also have 12 core services, which include the Youth S.P.O.Ts, M21 Multimedia Services, Employment Services, Youth at Risk Services, Counselling Services, Parenting Services, Leadership Training, Volunteer Services, Education Services, Creativity Education and Youth Exchange, Leisure, Cultural and Sports Services, and Research and Publications. We encourage young people to grow into responsible and dutiful citizens and we now have over 170,000 registered volunteers and 400,000 enrolled members. We believe that our motto HKFYG • Here for You reaffirms our commitment and dedication to the young people of Hong Kong.
About Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort offers immersive, unique Disney experiences for all families, generations and ages to enjoy. Hong Kong is one of only five locations in the world that is home to a Disney-themed park and the many Disney characters that are beloved all over the world, such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Stitch and Buzz Lightyear. Since the grand opening in September 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland has welcomed more than 50 million Guests from around the globe. Through the unique product offering and the world-class service provided by the 7,800 Cast Members at the theme park and the two hotels, the resort has received outstanding guest satisfaction ratings and a range of awards from the hospitality and entertainment sectors.
Hong Kong Disneyland is dedicated to serving Hong Kong people through a wide spectrum of community services programs from helping families in need, to inspiring creativity among children and youth, to encouraging the protection of the environment in the region.
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