The Mother’s Choice Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is one of the various CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) on-going Grade 10-12 students to engage in social issues and challenges that affect the society. Mother’s Choice is a charity founded in 1987 that serves children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong.
Mother’s Choice Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is designed to bring high school students together to discuss social issues to show how their collective voices can be used to make a difference in our community. We believe that when young people have the chance to serve their communities, everyone benefits! Students gain skills necessary to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in their future lives, and the community develops strong, diverse groups of inspired, civically engaged young people.
The Youth Leadership Council is a student-run association, with individual campus chapters, that provides students with dynamic opportunities to learn about the social problems affecting our city alongside Mother’s Choice staff. All chapters of the Youth Leadership Council will convene and learn more about a real need or issue in our community and then individually develop an action plan to address that need through direct service, awareness, and/or philanthropy. Upon completion of their year of service, students will have a richer understanding of the nonprofit sector, as well as developed skills and leadership capacity to navigate the unique challenges of making a social impact in today’s world.
Last year, we continued to work on various innovative initiatives to care for the vulnerable groups on our society. In December 2019, we organised a hike to Dragon’s Back in Hong Kong Island to raise awareness regarding the work of Mother’s Choice, and participated in a child care event in Clear Water Bay in cooperation with the Pregnant Teens’ Services Group. We began a brand-new think tank initiative – the CHILDREN Magazine to discuss local issues and their effects on children.
In late January, we started the Mother’s Choice Youth Leadership Council Cookie Drive, a 2-days campaign to sell homemade cookies (made inside the IB Lecture Theatre!) and put them for sale. We and other student helpers have truly enjoyed this process and spreading love and care to every member of the community through baking cookies.
This year, Mother’s Choice faced the unprecedented challenge of keeping up our voluntary work under the pandemic with strict social distancing measures. This has really allowed us to realise the importance of advocacy and research as an aspect of Service in CAS. We continued to hold monthly Internal and External Meetings so members can discuss what they have learnt and reflect on their projects. We are delighted to have won the Best Copy award for the #FindingFamily IG Campaign Proposal Presentation, it is a truly wonderful experience to have all our members contributing to a proposal after conducting in-depth market research and brainstorming design ideas. Although all face-to-face activities were not allowed during the school year, our G10s managed to create posters for an exhibition about adoption, raising awareness for the difficulties that adoption families face, both in Hong Kong and in the world. We hope that more face-to-face activities can be held in the near future, so our advocacy campaigns can reach to a much wider audience!
We would like to take this opportunity to show our gratitude towards each supporter. Thank you so much for your generous support! We look forward to organising our next campaign to further extend our love and compassion to those vulnerable groups in our society.