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 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

In this programme, HKU students will serve as peer mentors for the youth from a local secondary school to provide them with care and encouragement on growth and development. You will also accompany and support them to complete a school project to identify and solve practical problems in the community through application of coding skills they learnt at school. By building up relationship with the youth and empower them to care for the community, you will help support local youth, expand their personal horizon and transform lives.


The project will provide you with an opportunity:

  • To establish a trusting relationship with the youth and provide them support and encouragement on personal growth;
  • To support and guide the youth to identify the needs in the community and develop useful Apps for local community.
  • To help the youth develop a sense of social responsibility and accountability;
  • To increase your understanding on new technology and apps that can be used by local community; and
  • To promote social integration and help build a caring and supportive local community.

Community Partners

Tsang Pik Shan Secondary School in Ma On Shan and Youth Global Network (YGN; 青年全球網絡), which is established under the extended ministry of Breakthrough, a non-profit making organisation with a mission to equip the youth with global perspective to deliver acts of justice and mercy with local impact.

Service Targets

F.2 or F3 students from Tsang Pik Shan Secondary School in Ma On Shan (TPSSS) (one peer mentor will be paired up with 3-4 youths).

Programme Schedule

*Format and dates of the activities are subject to change in response to situations of COVID-19.

Briefing Session 22 January 2021 (Fri)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
(via Zoom or in HKU / Jordan)
Training Sessions
Session 1

  • Knowing each other and team building
  • Mentor’s roles and requirements
  • Characteristics and needs of the youth
  • Attitudes, skills and tools for relationships building
30 January 2021 (Sat)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
(via Zoom or at HKU / Breakthrough Centre, Jordan)
 Session 2

  • Learn about design thinking modes
  • Experience fun coding
5 February 2021 (Fri)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(via Zoom or at HKU / Breakthrough Centre, Jordan)
 Session 3

  • Experience App prototype design
  • Introduction on community needs
  • Learn about problem solving modes and facilitation skills
9 April 2021 (Fri)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(via Zoom or at HKU / Breakthrough Centre, Jordan)
 Service Sessions for the Youths
 Session 1

  •  Team building and ice breaking

**Submission of activity plans to CEDARS one week prior to the service session**

27 February 2021 (Sat)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
TPSSS in Ma On Shan
 Session 2

  • Learn about design thinking modes
  • Community visit to discover needs of local community

**Submission of activity plans to CEDARS one week prior to the service session**

6 March 2021 (Sat)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
TPSSS in Ma On Shan
 Session 3

  • Sharing and presentation on App prototype design

**Submission of activity plans to CEDARS one week prior to the service session**

17 April 2021 (Sat)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
TPSSS in Ma On Shan
Peer Mentoring

  • Interact with the youth on social media to provide them guidance and support
February to May 2021
(around 4-8 hours)
Closing and Celebration with the Youth 26 June 2021 (Sat) (TBC)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
TPSSS in Ma On Shan
Submission of Feedback on Learning Experience to CEDARS 2 July 2021 (Fri)

Roles and Responsibilities of HKU Students

  • Join the briefing session and all training sessions;
  • Work in small teams to design and lead some group activities for the youth in the service sessions (HKU students will be arranged in three teams and each team will be responsible for one service session to lead one to two activities);
  • Provide support and guidance to the youth through social media platforms; and
  • Provide feedback on the service activities and overall programme.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a greater sense of social responsibility;
  • Demonstrate the ability to empower the youth to care for the community and provide them a good role model;
  • Enhance your organisation, communication and team work skills by working with other HKU students;
  • Strengthen your moderation and facilitation skills in providing support and guidance to the youth; and
  • Increase your understanding on local community, new technology and apps.

Who Can Join

No requirement on coding knowledge and App design skill. Full-time HKU students who:

  1. Can communicate in Cantonese**;
  2. Are positive, enthusiastic and willing to share with others;
  3. Responsible and committed;
  4. Can contribute time, knowledge and skills to empower the youth;
  5. Are capable of team work
  6. Can design and implement creative educational activities to engage the youth;
  7. Can complete all the activities listed under the Programme Schedule.

** The above activities will mainly be conducted in Cantonese but non-Cantonese speaking students are welcome to join.


Students who complete 80% of activities would receive a certificate. Those contribute 20 hours or more are also eligible to apply for the Credit Award Scheme for Out-of-classroom Learning Experiences.


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