What is HKUYL?
Hong Kong Union for Young Leaders -
Leadership has many definitions; one of the finest examples is from Dale Carnegie: to help people achieve what they are capable of, to establish a vision for the future, to encourage, to coach and to mentor, and to establish and maintain successful relationships. Since its establishment in October 1992, the Hong Kong Union for Young Leaders (HKUYL) has always worked diligently at helping young people to discover the leadership strengths within them and to find their own definition of leadership.
The Hong Kong Union for Young Leaders is a non-profit making, student-based organization, registered under the Societies Ordinance (REF.CP/LIC/SO/19/10188). The Union aims at seeking out, recognizing and nurturing the leadership abilities of secondary school students. This is achieved through various activities including seminars, social service projects and training camps, and through providing them exposure to recognized leaders in today’s society. Besides sharpening students’ leadership skills, the Union also aims at making them aware of local problems, and strives to promote a sense of global citizenship as well as commitment and dedication to the world community.
The major highlight of the Union is the annual Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS), in which two students who have exhibited leadership potential in each member school are chosen to participate. Through numerous lectures, discussions and workshops, participants learn about the different aspects of leadership, such as effective communication, motivating people and setting goals. The climax of the seminar is a four-day-three-night camp that involves an open congress, simulations and a series of group games. By bringing together elite students from the secondary schools of Hong Kong, the Youth Leadership Seminar helps to build an extensive network of potential leaders, and amongst them fosters friendships that last for a lifetime.
Moreover, ten outstanding students will be nominated to participate in the Hugh O'Brian Youth World Leadership Congress (HOBY WLC), which will be held in Chicago this summer. Excellent young leaders from all over the world will gather for meaningful cultural exchange as well as build international friendship.