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Youth speak June 2018 | Youth Hong Kong

Millennials: committed to the S

hared commitment and teamwork were essential parts of George Chan’s experience of leadership training at HKFYG. He also gained the confidence to listen to conflicting views and formulate his own opinion.

Back in 2005, when I did my first HKFYG leadership training for head prefects, the programme included workshops, group projects, role play and adventure-based training. These taught me the importance of teamwork and gave me a grounding in management skills. At school, with my team of about 50 other students, I put what I learned into practice. However, I did not realize at the time how much it would shape the person I am today. Shared team projects inevitably meant listening to everyone’s views and considering the issues from various perspectives. There was in-depth discussion and we had to do thorough research which provided a great opportunity to improve analytical skills. More importantly perhaps, we were all trying to reach consensus and always had to work together. The process of amicably reaching a mutually acceptable outcome was a valuable lesson in interpersonal skills.

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Shared commitment When HKFYG launched a brand new prestige programme, the Hong Kong 200 Leadership Project, my school nominated me. Only high school students with leadership roles were considered and selection was by a panel of Hong Kong opinion leaders. 200 hours of training in Hong Kong and Beijing took in important topics such as foreign and domestic policy, finance, politics. It was not easy. Numerous lectures, interviews with prominent people and instructive visits were followed by team projects and presentations that took many long hours of preparation, but the result was encouraging and highly rewarding. Apart from all that I learned, the friendships were significant too. They were built on a shared vision and dedicated commitment to the community. I learned early on that successful leaders only become busier as time goes by and the strength of their commitment is important. Training at HK200, as we call it, strengthened my resolve. It meant putting other people first and very often sacrificing my own personal time. After graduating, I became a trainee solicitor and despite the usually long office hours, I joined various committees and provided pro bono services for people in need. For me, nothing is more rewarding than seeing the happy faces of the people that you have served.

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