//vol.14-3 On the agenda
HKFYG’s Youth Research Centre has released a new study about Hong Kong youth’s hopes. The study took place between March and May 2022, during the ongoing pandemic and nearly three years since serious social unrest. Sentiments expressed provide insight into their top concerns.
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups’ Youth Research Centre released a new set of studies on what Hong Kong youth would like to look forward to in Hong Kong, three years after a spate of social chaos and unabated COVID-19 pandemic. The sentiments from the 1,054 respondents surveyed in May 2022 provided insights on some of their top concerns.
Out of the concerns prioritised by the respondents aged 15-34 years old, the findings are revealed as follow:
45% Housing Problems
35% Listening To Them
28% Mending Ties with Them
32.4% Prosperous, Stable
46.9% Tend to be pessimistic
17.5% Tend to be optimistic
17.6% Tend to be pessimistic
37.9% Tend to be optimistic
The social unrest of recent years and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have brought unprecedented challenges for the government. While Hong Kong is entering a new chapter with a newly elected Chief Executive, the new officials should seize the opportunity to create a vision for society and bring new hope for Hong Kong youth, its other citizens and the city in general.
The new administration raises youth affairs to the bureau level. The newly-established Home and Youth Affairs Bureau (HYAB) should take all efforts that could help rebuild mutual trust between young people and the HKSAR Government; build confidence of young people towards their personal development aspirations; and build a belief among youngsters that Hong Kong can excel to be better.
Different sectors in Hong Kong should promote youth-led community building projects with collaboration and actual actions, so as to empower the younger generation actualizing their ideal community blueprint. This could also help enhance intergenerational interaction, forging new ways for better understanding of different generations in the long run.
The new administration has attached great importance to its KPIs (Key Performance Indices), which should involve youth participation in the formulation and evaluation of these KPIs. Hong Kong’s youth are innovative. Goals would be better set based on inputs from these young people and their strengths. In the long run, it could open up new avenues for social participation from the Hong Kong youth, as well as make the government’s KPI more realistic.
Report No.69 HKFYG Youth I.D.E.A.S. Governance group
Published title What Young People Want for Hong Kong
Survey respondents 1,054 young people aged 15-34 years old (online survey)
Parallel interviews with 15 youth and 4 experts or academics
Date March to May 2022 (period for data collection)
More details [in Chinese] https://yrc.hkfyg.org.hk/2022/07/04/yi069/
Enquiries Sharon Cheung 3755 7039