Leaders bound for US congress
Four promising young leaders - two boys, two girls - will head for the US this summer to attend an international youth leadership congress.
The youngsters will be chosen from a group of 46 Form Four students from 23 schools who start on a four-day leadership camp today at the Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village.
The Hong Kong Leadership Seminar is organised by the Hong Kong Union for Young Leaders (HKUYL), and is part of the group's efforts to develop leadership potential in young people and raise the level of their social awareness and concern.
The camp will consist of a series of talks given by prominent Hong Kong personalities, including politicians, academics and members of the media, as well as group activities like discussions and debates.
Every year two Form Four students are chosen from each member school to take part in the seminar and a social service activity, said HKUYL organiser Queenie Huang Tsz-fong, a Form Six student of Tsuen Wan Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College.
'At the end of the camp, six boys and six girls are short-listed on the strength of their overall performance. They have to attend an interview before the final four delegates are chosen to represent Hong Kong at the Hugh O'Brian World Leadership Congress,' Queenie said.
This year the congress will take place in August at Rice University, Houston, Texas, US.
The Hong Kong camp resembles the Hugh O'Brian World Leadership Congress, with guest speakers and group discussions.
Here in Hong Kong, speakers such as Martin Lee Chu-ming and Christine Loh Kung-wai, as well as overseas guests, will chair seminars on a range of topics, from politics and culture to thinking skills and interpersonal relationships.
One of the exercises in the camp will be a budget discussion. The 46 students will form groups, each to represent a government department. Assuming they have received HK$1 billion from the Government's annual Budget, they will have to present a proposal 'to meet the people's most urgent needs and make the best use of resources'.
There will also be leadership-strengthening games at the camp, and a social service day at a home for the elderly in North Point.