CEDARS Community Engagement Programme

The Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) is the main provider of co-curricular non-credit-bearing learning activities at HKU. Students also engage in community service or advocacy projects which typically entail a process of training, service and reflection. CEDARS’ Community Engagement Programme strives to prepare students for lives of good citizenship and to promote key elements of the common good, by encouraging students to consider their own role in the society and their responsibilities within that community.

Programme Description

CEDARS joins hand with the community partner, ‘The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong’ to run this community engagement programme entitled ‘Untold Stories of Ex-Offenders’.  This programme aspires to (a) increase student’s awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by ex-offenders in Hong Kong, whose needs are often unnoticeable; and (b) to equip students with basic advocacy skills.  Students will have a chance to step out of their comfort zones and directly interact and support ex-offenders to re-integrate to the society. Students will be guided by the staff of ‘The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention’ throughout the programme.

The programme has three phases. The first phase will equip participants with basic knowledge of the profile and needs of various types of ex-offenders.  In the second phase, participants will have opportunities to directly interact with typical ex-offenders during a hostel visit, teach Cantonese to EM ex-offenders and to empower marginalized youth. At the end of the programme, participants are expected to design and execute a mini advocacy project with the support of ‘The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention’.

Your Learning

  1. Understand the challenges faced by ex-offenders and contribute to a more inclusive society;
  2. Improve inter-cultural understanding ( in other words, understand how their own beliefs compare to those from other cultures or socio-economic background) ;
  3. Develop attitudes of curiosity and openness to reduce stereotypes ; and
  4. Listen and communicate to others to establish relationship that further inclusiveness.

Your Engagement

  1. Engage in and contribute to the activities listed under the Programme Schedule (including training, 80% of services and a mini advocacy project) ;
  2. Provide feedback on the programme; and
  3. Share your learning outcomes and experiences by writing a learning journal (about 400 words).

Your Time Commitment : Programme Schedule

Selection Interview 10 to 13 Feb
Briefing Session 14 Feb (Fri) lunch hour
Phase I : Pre-Service Training

(a) Training workshop (Yau Ma Tei)
(b) Human library


17 Feb (Mon) night
22 Feb (Sat) pm

Phase II: Direct Services

(a) Marginalized youth (Lai Chi Kok & HKU)

(b) Ethnic minorities  (Yau Ma Tei)
(c) Hostel visit (Mong Kok)


24 Feb (Mon) night &
16 Mar (Mon) night &
29 Mar (Sun) pm

26 Mar (Thur) night
19 Mar (Thur) night

Phase III: Mini Advocacy Project Early to mid-April
Evaluation & Submission of Learning Journal By late April

Your Attributes

You are expected to possess the following attributes :

  1. Have passion to serve the marginalized population;
  2. Aspire to promote an inclusive society;
  3. Can work with other HKU students and staff of the community partner in a team to plan, design and implement service and advocacy activities;
  4. Have a good command of Cantonese (as most service recipients do not speak English)

How to Apply ?

Apply on-line on or before Friday, 7 February.  You will be invited to attend an interview before 13 February.


This is a pre-approved programme (pre-approval number: OOC-1819-PA022) under Credit Award Scheme for Out-of-classroom Learning Experiences.   If you have successfully completed the Programme, you will be eligible to earn 1 credit of the Credit Award Scheme by submitting an application to the Horizon Office for formal approval.


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