Taking steps to help youth

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 April, 1999, 12:00am

Some 200 students, parents and teachers put their best feet forward and took steps to raise funds for a student counselling organisation.

The charity walk was organised to help Hok Yau Club expand its services.

The club provides counselling services for students preparing for public exams.

Celebrating its golden jubilee, the club plans to raise more than $150,000 this year to expand its services to assist teachers and parents who give careers and academic advice.

Club chairman and vice-principal of HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No 2 Secondary School, Ng Tak-kay, said financial support had been the club's main concern in its effort to provide more professional services for students.

Every year, the club provides hotline services for students worried about exams and their parents. Exam publications and radio programmes are used to help Form Five and Form Seven students tackle their exam fears and devise study plans.

The club is now also using the Internet to provide the latest exam tips, schools and careers information.

'We need a new direction for our services. We meet greater demand from students these years, which has spurred us to give all- round counselling services. We used to focus on senior form students, but we can now serve junior form students, parents and teachers with more financial support from the Government and donors,' Mr Ng said.

The club has seen an increase in the number of parents calling the hotline about work and further studies for their children. A special hotline has been set up for junior form students and par ents on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.

The Quality Education Fund has given the club $300,000 to support its projects.

'Student and social worker volunteers are being recruited to help minimise administration costs,' Mr Ng said.

He said the club hopes to expand its counselling services by advising students and parents on choosing secondary schools and academic streams.

Workshop and training courses are planned for career and counselling teachers. 'Many new teachers face problems with student counselling on academic, careers and personal issues,' Mr Ng said.

'These training courses will help to alleviate their burden.' The hour-long charity walk started from Sha Tin Jockey Club Ti-I College and went along the Shing Mun River pedestrian walkway.