Vivian Yau Tze-wei Ms Yau is project co-ordinator of Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (Sacom) - an organisation which targets large companies who ill-treat their workers. She recalls two significant incidents in the past year. 'Workers of a factory manufacturing Disney products complained to us that they weren't paid overtime. We forced Disney to put pressure on the factory and the licensee. The workers eventually received their overdue wages,' Ms Yau says. 'In another case, the family of a young girl from a Shenzhen factory who was paralysed by alkane poisoning sought our help. 'The factory owner - a Hong Kong businessman - refused to pay compensation of 400,000 yuan despite a court order. The owner paid up only after we threatened to expose the case to the media.' Ms Yau says Sacom will monitor computer giants Dell in the New Year. Besides, she is planning to organise workshops on the mainland to educate workers about labour laws and their rights. 'The aim is to empower workers so that they can settle labour disputes themselves,' she says. Andrew Chiu ka-yin Mr Chiu, 22, became one of Hong Kong's youngest district councillors when he won the Taikoo Shing West election last month. 'My biggest achievement in the past year was the trust I built up with the residents through community service. Their votes are a recognition of my efforts,' he says. Mr Chiu expects a challenging year ahead. 'I am determined to work hard and fulfil my election promises, such as improving facilities and tackling traffic congestion,' he explains. 'I also hope to promote the concept of democracy, especially among young people. I have already got in touch with several schools to conduct seminars or small group discussions to share my views about civic education.' Shania Ko lai-shan Ms Ko, a design student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has offered her skills to help design leaflets, posters, banners and booklets. These include the eye-catching 'Queen's Pier' banner, which mimicked the real sign at Queen's Pier. But instead of the four characters for 'Queen's Pier', she made up four Chinese words to represent the situation and her feelings. 'I don't think joining protests is heroic - it is what we should do. But I was especially proud when the attitude of my family and friends changed,' says Ms Ko. 'At first they were disinterested in social activities. But later, as they witnessed my enthusiasm, commitment and persistence, they started to get involved. Even my brother joined me at protests.' In the New Year, Ms Ko hopes to promote the importance of incorporating art into social movements. 'Many people believe that text is the core element while design comes second. But I will show them that design and text are equally important.' Au Yeung Tung Mr Au Yeung was among dozens of young activists who defended the Queen's Pier until the last minute. 'Although our action failed, we have forced the government to pay attention to cultural conservation,' he says. Mr Au Yeung is now working for the Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs. His goal for next year is to improve the city's social welfare system. 'Since the handover, the SAR government has not done enough to help the needy. Grassroots people have faced increasing pressure, and there is discrimination against the underprivileged in society,' Mr Au Yeung says. 'My vision for 2008 is to promote retirement pensions for everybody. I will work with different non-government organisations and make the authorities listen to our demands.' Bobo Yip Po-lam The past year has been a new experience for Bobo Yip Po-lam, a supporter of pressure groups like Local Action, Inmedia and Civil Human Rights Front. 'I used to take part in small social movements. Only in the past year did I join political activities, such as residing at Queen's Pier for three months. It made me rethink Hong Kong's true identity,' says the 28-year-old activist. Ms Yip is concerned that the police have used increasing force against peaceful protesters. For example, she says, police arrested 15 demonstrators in Lee Tung Street (Wedding Card Street) early this month. 'It is more and more difficult for us to voice our opinions. In 2008, I will focus on grassroots people - the heart of the community,' she says.