|08 April 2011||
Venus Weier Tjang (BA, Year 3)
As one of the student leaders of this year’s Project ENGAGE, I was lucky enough to be part of an energetic and passionate team of fellow HKU students which organised an interactive and fun visit (“Journey of Opportunity” Action Day 2011 or JOO Action Day in short) at our University as part of the Programme’s kick-off. Project ENGAGE is a 8-month mentorship programme initiated by Community Business, an NGO, in co-operation with various leading Hong Kong companies representing different industries – from banking and finance to technology and consumer goods. The Project pairs up selected F.4-F.6 students from Tin Shui Wai and Sham Shui Po with corporate volunteers who help them build life skills and aspirations for their future
The JOO Action Day on April 8 aimed to give the students a taste of university life and to motivate them to pursue higher education in future. Our 10 HKU student volunteers shared our university life and learning experiences with them, and arranged a mini-orientation for them to tour around the HKU campus. By helping to organise this Programme, I was pleased to see the satisfaction and enjoyment of the students and to enable them to further strengthen their bonds with their mentors. I believe the project was a success as it stimulated some of the students to think about their studies and make up their mind to work hard to enter university. When joining community service, it is always a surprise that even a little effort can bring about a great impact on others. Definitely, the big satisfying smiles on the faces of the participants are the greatest rewards for me.