The executive director of Youth Outreach, Reverend Father Peter Newbery, will receive an honorary doctorate from the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) for his contribution to educating under-privileged young people. Reverend Newbery came to Hong Kong in 1967, and quickly focused on helping troubled youngsters. In 1990, he was appointed by the Salesian Order to run a crisis centre for young people. He founded Youth Outreach, a crisis intervention centre, in 1991. Youth Outreach started as a hostel for boys, then opened a girls' hostel a year later. Each night, volunteers would search for homeless children and runaways and offer them shelter. He has always emphasised the importance of helping those young people go back to school or work, and live a normal life. Youth Outreach has helped more than 10,000 young people per year. Also receiving an honorary doctorate from HKIEd is British educator Linda Darling-Hammond. She is recognised for her critical and analytical research in education and her efforts in redesigning schools in the United States. Both Reverend Newbery and Dr Darling-Hammond will receive their honorary degrees at HKIEd's graduation ceremony on November 28, which will be officiated by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.