Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Over the last decade, HKDL has grown with the city’s younger generation, encouraging them to impact society with their creativity, happiness and energy. Hand-in-hand with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, the resort yesterday kicked-off this year’s Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant at a launch ceremony in HKDL. The grant supports youth who want to shape their community in a positive way and assist others through volunteering.
The Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant supports community service projects led by youth aged 12–25. Projects are selected based on their potential for spreading happiness, promoting harmony in families and cultivating a strong caring culture between neighbors. As part of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups’ Neighbourhood First program, the grant has been overwhelmingly received this year, with a total of 110 proposals submitted. Fifty winning proposals that demonstrate creativity and love have been selected; each with financial assistance of up to HK$4,000 from HKDL to implement these community-improvement ideas during July to October this year.
One winning grant goes to Keelin Kan, a year one student at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University majoring in Social Work. Kan’s T.S.W. Beauty Caring Campaign seeks to help newly immigrated women in Tin Shui Wai expand their social networks. She plans to organize workshops teaching them how to make organic skincare products with assistance from classmates in her field. Visits to the women’s neighbors will also be arranged to help them open channels of communication using the gifts as ice-breakers. “I chose to study Social Work because I’ve always wanted to care for people,” Kan said. “As the daughter of immigrants, I understand these women’s difficulties, and hope to help them integrate into society and form relationships with their neighbors.”
In addition, the Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant will also jump-start a wide range of activities in different districts to engage people from all walks of life, including elderly visits with Fotomo-making and music concerts for kids suffering from leukemia. Some of the grantees are participants of the Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant for the second year. Like before, they will continue to use their creativity to launch imaginative volunteering proposals that spread love and care to those in need.