In organizing the Good Reads for Good Deeds charity campaign, Juven had the honor of sitting down with different individuals involved with NGOs and charities. We want to feature their stories here. Juven hopes that through this campaign, we can build a new model of engagement between charities, organizations and the public.
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Firing up the Youth: HKFYG Deputy Executive Director Amy Fung
Young people these days change jobs very easily, but Amy never says die when serving the youth, and has worked at HKFYG for over twenty years. The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups was established in 1960, with an eye on serving the youth. Today they have expanded into twelve “core services”. Amy has always done managerial work, while pursuing the changing cultures of each generation of youth, to try to bridge the generational divide.
Cultural changes meant that today’s youth are interested in creative work in multimedia production. The greatest change that Amy witnessed in her twenty-year tenure has been to see M21 set up at HKFYG. M21 supports youth in multimedia production. She recalls how a young man starting with M21 received a priceless opportunity to fulfill his dream to become a movie director. His movie were entered into a film festival. Afterwards he established a production company to work with different partners. Amy believes that HKFYG can act as a stepping stone for young people to find their own path.
Amy believes that the current generation of youth are passionate about community service. Young people want to establish their own non-profit organizations to transmit their own ideals and serve their community. Whether it is a university group that self-formed to promote recycling, or a group of ethnic minority women shooting short films, young people are increasingly willing to put their efforts into changing society.
Amy’s time at HKFYG has given her a wealth of precious memories. She recalls leading 500 young people to perform a dragon dance on the Great Wall of China, or helping a young man who lived with a grandmother who compulsively gathered rubbish, or helping young people who have made mistakes get back on their feet. Her memories move her almost to years, “Leading young people down to the path that belongs to them is my greatest reward,” she explained.
HKYFG recently published a series depicting the stories of people who have been helped by them. These include “Starting Over”《重新出發》and “Tears turned to Joy”《逆轉而樂》 . The HKFYG also assisted young writers in writing their own books, including “Kingdom of Happiness” 《快樂王國》and “Not Giving Up Therapy Write Now”《不要放棄字療》. Amy enjoys reading books about management. Recently she read “Relative Management” 《管理相對論》with the hopes that it will help her duties as deputy executive director of HKFYG.
Amy believes in leaving her own comfort zone in order to improve herself. She is currently studying an EMBA. Her favorite course has been “The I Ching and Management”, which has inspired her in many ways. She is also keen to see how Augmented Reality technology can be incorporated into HKFYG activities, events and products.
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Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
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