Have you ever thought of stepping out of your comfort zone to interact with and understand people with a different social background?  Are you pondering to do something for the neglected underprivileged groups whose lives are hard hit by the prevailing economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19?

Now, you have an opportunity to ‘ZOOM’ with ex-offenders, their children as well as the delinquent youth in this virtual community service programme.


  1. To increase student’s awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by ex-offenders whose needs are often unnoticeable;  and
  2. To provide a virtual platform for HKU student volunteers to support ex-offenders, their family members and delinquent youth.

Service Recipients

Ethnic minorities ex-offenders, children of ex-offenders and delinquent youth.

Activity Schedule

All activities will be completed by late-April. Please refer to the activity timeline below.

CEDARS Briefing Session (via zoom) 8 April 2020 / 14:30
Phase I : Pre-Service Training (via Zoom)

(a) Training session 1
(b) Training session 2
(c) Dialogue


9 April 2020 / 14:30
9 April 2020 / 16:00

Phase II: Virtual Services

(a) Delinquent youth – on-line engagement and interaction
(b) Ethnic minorities ex-offenders – Cantonese class
(c) Children of ex-offenders – DIY lessons


Design at least 1 on-line task
2 sessions (60 to 90 mins)
2 sessions (60 to 90 mins)

Evaluation & Submission of Learning Journal By late April


  1. Full-time HKU students who can:
  2. Speak good Cantonese;
  3. Use Zoom software proficiently ;
  4. Commit to attend 1 virtual briefing session and 2 virtual training sessions;
  5. Commit to participate in at least 2 virtual service projects (under the guidance of the staff of ‘The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong’; and
  6. Submit a learning journal upon the completion of the programme in end April.

How to Apply ?

  • Apply on-line on or before 6 April.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to attend a virtual CEDARS briefing session and two virtual training sessions before 7 April.

Application Deadline

6 April 2020


Student volunteers who contribute 20 hours or more would receive a certificate and are eligible to apply for the Credit Award Scheme for Out-of-classroom Learning Experiences.

***Student volunteers will also be invited to participate in the online Sharing Forum on 5 May 2020 to share the good work and experience of volunteering from home with others in the HKU community***


If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Student Development Team of CEDARS at cedars-programmes@hku.hk.