A group of underprivileged students from Tin Shui Wai took part in a one-day programme aimed at broadening their horizons and inspiring them to think about their education and career opportunities. They had a chance to visit four companies which provided them with a glimpse into the working world. They also talked to professionals about possible future careers. Employees from 18 local companies also took part in the Journey of Opportunity Action Day on April 3. The activity was supported by non-profit organisation Community Business. Its mission was to inspire businesses to give back to society. During the one-day trip, corporate volunteers from the banking, finance, technology, consumer goods and law sectors were paired with 60 Form Four to Form Six students from Tin Shui Wai. The role of the 'mentors' was to communicate with the teenagers and inspire them to think about their future in a positive way. The programme began with a tour of Tin Shui Wai which allowed the volunteers to learn about the background of teenagers in the new town. This was followed by visits to four tertiary institutes which provided the students with a glimpse of campus life. Then they visited the offices of four companies to gain an insight into the working world. The day ended with the two groups having dinner together and taking part in a sharing session. The students received souvenirs and certificates. Tin Shui Wai was chosen as a beneficiary for the second year in a row because of its high unemployment rate, poverty and domestic violence. It is hoped that the event will have a significant impact on the community by motivating youngsters in the area to build a better future for themselves. 'We recognise that we cannot change the lives of young people in one day,' said Community Business managing director, Shaun Bernier. 'However, the hope is that by giving them access to people and experiences they would not otherwise have, this might broaden their visions and inspire them to think about their future jobs and educational opportunities.'