Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects

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WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects

《與你同行》資助計劃-由學生主導的防止青年自殺計劃

WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects was set up in March 2016 in response to the upsurge of student suicide. Thanks for the kind donation of Mr. Lau Ming Wai and Ms. Beatrice Mok, 25 student initiated youth suicide prevention projects were successfully implemented in 2016-2019, all with a maximum grant of HK$50,000 per project. With the support of professional advisor of each team, the fund aims to encourage students to initiate, plan, organize and implement various mental health related workshops and activities for their peers to participate at their own campuses. Through these projects, we hope to nurture positive emotions and atmosphere at post-secondary campuses, and to enhance the awareness of mental health issues among the youths, the future of families and of the society of Hong Kong.

Two best practice award ceremonies had been taken place. Awarded projects were given additional funding to sustain and extend their projects. Details on WeCare Fund 2016 and 2017 award presentation ceremony can be viewed at the page – https://csrp.hku.hk/wecare-fund-projects-ceremony and https://csrp.hku.hk/wecarefund-project-cpf respectively.

For project details, Please visit here for WeCare Fund 2016 Project Summary and here for WeCare Fund 2017 Project Summary.

Based on the encouraging experience and results of student-initiated youth suicide prevention projects, WeCare Fund Student- Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects will take place again in 2019. With the generous support from Community Partner Foundation, Founder, Ms Beatrice Mok, 6 projects will be selected this year, each will be granted with a maximum grant of $HKD50,000. We are now cordially inviting full and part time post-secondary students to apply for WeCare Fund 2019. Application opens from May to August 2019.

Click here for details and guidelines on WeCare Fund 2019 for Student- Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects.

Thematic Network on Developing Students’ Positive Attitudes and Values

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Quality Education Fund Thematic Network on Developing Students’ Positive Attitudes and Values

Background and Objectives

team-386673_1280Quality Education Fund (QEF) commissioned the Centre to conduct a consolidation and redevelopment work (C&R work) on 77 QEF projects on developing students’ positive attitudes and values in 2013-14. According to our findings, many of the selected projects focused on the psychological or social development of students and only a few were about the biological development of students. Many projects also lack systematic evaluations of project impacts, so only limited number of projects were designed based on empirical evidence. Therefore, it is uncertain whether such projects were effective to promote the well-being of students. Besides, a significant number of projects could not be continued because of lacking of human and financial resources, which affect the sustainability of the projects. In order to develop and promote effective, high quality and sustainable programmes about developing students’ positive attitudes and values in different schools, a QEF Thematic Network (QTN) of this theme was recommended to be set up. The major goal is to develop and promote evidence-based practices for developing students’ positive attitudes and values in schools.

QTN_Cover page C&R resource packageMajor Project Activities

Universal programmes for primary and secondary school students will be developed based on the evidence collected through this evaluation.  In addition, training workshop for school teachers and seminars for parents will be conducted to further disseminate learning generated through this program.

The project is currently recruiting primary and secondary schools to participate in the project.

Evaluation for Project WeCan

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An Evaluation Study for Project WeCan

Background and Objectives

connect-20333_1920Since 2011, The Wharf Holdings Ltd. has launched a Business-in-Community programme, Project WeCan (PWC), which aims at offering care and opportunities for the less-privileged students in Hong Kong through a varieties of activities and providing participating schools both human and financial resources of Wharf. As it is a large scale business-school partnership programme, different stakeholders of PWC would like to know the effectiveness of the programme and to find out good practices for further dissemination. Thus, a research study is conducted to understand the impacts of PWC on participating schools, teachers, students and Wharf staff, the partnership quality of selected school-business unit dyads and the factors affecting partnership quality.

Major Project Activities

This research study included 3 case studies regarding the partnership of 3 school-business unit dyads and a volunteer survey for Wharf staff. Existing information of PWC such as school year plan and annual reports were reviewed.  The project interviewed representatives of selected schools and business units, and held focus groups with students to examine the perceived impacts of the WeCan Project.

Mentorship Programme for Adolescents

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Problem-solving Skills Training and Mentorship Programme for Adolescents

Life is full of challenges for everyone, and this is no exception for Children and adolescents. Stressors rising from school, family, friends and other areas can be challenging for some of them to solve on their own.  On this premise, the CSRP took on two pilot mentorship programs with the main goal of utilizing community resources to enhance problem-solving skills of targeted Primary 4 to 5 and Form 2 to 3 students, who have mild to moderate level of emotional, behavioral or academic difficulties and are from families in need of more social support (e.g., low-income, single-parent, new immigrants, parents with long working hours).

Specific objectives of the project include:
  1. To have trained volunteer mentors provide student mentees training on problem-solving skills;
  2. To strengthen the knowledge and skills acquired by mentees by having them solve a problem of their own with support from their mentors; and
  3. To assess the effectiveness of the programme and develop a good case example of mentorship programme for children’s problem-solving skills.

Two schools participated in the project.  One is in Tin Shui Wai and the other in Sham Shui Po.  Recruited mentors first undergo pre-service training with staff from the CSRP who specialize in psycho-education.  Mentors and mentees then attend 7 training sessions together with the on problem-solving skills, again delivered by the CSRP staff.

  • 5-session pre-service training for volunteer mentors
  • 7-session problem-solving skills training for students
  • 3 group activities as organized by mentors and mentees
  • 3 activities organized by CSRP (HKU, Lamma Island, Disneyland)
  • Closing ceremony
  • Mentors and mentees may have additional meetings during the 9-month mentorship

This project started in 2011 as a pilot and received highly positive response from its participants and their schools and families. The Mentorship Programme is poised for implementation on a wider scale . If you would like to adopt the program at your school or school district, please see details for training here and contact us to get started.

KidMatters

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KidMatters – A Web and School-based Approach to Mental Health Promotion among Children in Primary Schools

Background and Objectives

DoReMiFa_version1Mental health problems become more common among schoolchildren. Anxiety is the most common psychological disorders reported by children and adolescents. Therefore, it is of great importance to promote mental well-being among schoolchildren by involving front-line social workers, teachers and parents. When children’s emotional management, social skills and problem-solving skills are strengthened, they can cope with their daily life problems more effectively, which is important for their mental health. The major goal of this project is to develop a web and school-based mental health prevention and promotion programme to help children strengthen their social abilities, problem-solving skills and enhance emotional health. The overall goals are to reduce the symptoms of anxiety in children, to facilitate psychological functioning and coping skills, and to create a healthy and supportive learning environment.

Major Project Activities

This project designed a mental health prevention and promotion program for primary 4 and 5 students. The program provided students training in 6 modules covering emotional competence, cognitive-behavioural model, problem-solving skills, social and communication skills, empathy, and gratitude.  The training was delivered through 8 classroom teachings and supplemented by 11 e-lessons, which provided exercises relating to the in-class training modules concurrently.

In the process of students receiving training, the project also engaged students’ parents in seminars to equip them with skills that may help in dealing with children’s developmental issues and enhancing their abilities of problem-solving and building a support network. As a plan to sustain provision of mental training to students in primary schools after the project ends, the project also built training capacity with teachers in schools.