The Commission on Youth is to implement a scheme encouraging local organisations to provide more opportunities for school-leavers to participate in voluntary work. Announcing details of the Youth Community Service Funding Scheme, convenor of the commission's working group Paul Chan said: 'Voluntary work offers an avenue for young people to serve others in the community and enables them to acquire leadership skills, learn how to work with others, understand the needs of others and to cope with success and failure. 'It also fosters their sense of civic responsibility and commitment to the community. 'The new scheme targets school-leavers, who stand to benefit from the working experience. It will prepare them for future challenges,' Mr Chan said. The scheme is aimed at assisting community groups and service organisations to organise more voluntary activities for young people. 'Participants should be aged between 15 and 24,' Mr Chan said. The scheme is expected to be launched next month. Application forms will be available at district offices of the Home Affairs Department. Mr Chan added that the commission will review the effectiveness of the scheme before formulating a long-term plan.