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KF Champion for Change Award

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The Award is an initiative of the Keswick Foundation (KF) to explore different new models in the community to tackle social issues.  The first Award would address the current child and youth suicide issue through the exploration of different project models. 

Eight champions were selected from 18 applications to run projects for one to two years.  The KF has invited The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), as a collaborator, to help coordinate, manage and conduct Social Impact Assessment (SIA). 

Eight awarded projects are attempted to: 

  • Address service gaps through providing support for deprived groups and build connectedness for the disconnected groups; 
  • Recognise the contextual issues behind mental ill and youth suicide and raise awareness on the issues being ignored. 

Eight awarded champions and the project brief:​

 

 

The Salvation Army
- Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go

Build identity and connectedness to families or the communities for boys in residential homes.

 

 

Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service
- MoodFit – Positive Youth Sports for Suicide Prevention

Use sports to enhance mental wellbeing and promote non-competitive culture of sports.

 

 

The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong
- Project Shine @Community

Provide another learning platform for youths with mental illnesses and school withdrawal problems in order to help them develop confidence, self-identity and value, as well as re-connect with the community.

 

 

Caritas Hong Kong
- Companion as Usual

Help youths with relationships or bullying problems express negative emotions and share caring messages.

 

 

CNEC Lui Ming Choi Primary School
- School Time Table Reform

Develop a new school time table through rearranging classes in the morning and providing diversified activities in the afternoon.

 

 

Christian Family Service Centre
- Open Studio Project – Holding Environment for Healing and Nurturing through Arts

Provide secondary school students opportunities to share and accept negative emotions through classroom art workshops and open art studios in schools.

 

 

Yan Oi Tong
- Shout

Approach older youth in different open areas so as to share their perspective and adversities with the public through playback theatre.

 

 

The Church of United Brethren in Christ Social Service Division
- Get Closer – Youth Suicide Prevention Project

Collect and channel youths’ views about definitions of success so as to enhance parents’ understanding.  The project will also address the problems caused by narrow definition of success and results oriented culture.

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