A good leader is someone who is aware of the changes taking place in society, said a team of Hong Kong delegates heading for the United States in August for an international youth conference. They will be attending the Hugh O'Brian World Leadership Congress, to be held from August 2 to 10 at Rice University, Texas. The annual international event is an opportunity for young people from around the world to meet and share views and experiences. Alison Lau Wai-yin, one of the four Hong Kong representatives, said it was important to know what was happening in society in order to develop a point of view. 'Young people should learn to think independently, but we can do so only if we know the issues involved,' said the St Francis Canossian College pupil. Another delegate, Mabel Leung Man-nga of Belilios Public School, said: 'Some young people blindly follow the opinions of others. But one should learn to analyse information and make one's own judgments.' The delegates were among 46 Form Four students from 23 schools who met at the Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village in April for a four-day leadership camp, which featured seminars on politics, inter-personal skills and Hong Kong's culture. The speakers included legislators Eric Li Ka-cheung, Emily Lau Wai-hing and Tsang Yuk-shing. Harry Liu Hak-wing of Queen's College, one of the delegates, told Young Post that the seminars had given him a better understanding of the community. 'For instance, I was aware of the existence of the Provisional Legislature and the Preparatory Committee, but I didn't know the details,' he said. Meeting the legislators, who took part in group discussions with the students had given him a better idea of the issues involved, Harry said. Kueh Hao-yuan of Diocesan Boys' School said the talks had prepared the team for questions about the handover that they expected to be asked at the congress. The four delegates were selected through a series of activities organised by the Hong Kong Union For Young Leaders.