At Mother’s Choice,
we believe that even the youngest in our community
can play an active role
and when young people have the chance to serve their communities,
Let’s hear from our Youth Leadership Council school member!
Anson, DBS Chapter, Youth Leadership Council
Hello, I’m Anson Leung, I’m the leader of the DBS chapter of the Mother’s Choice Youth Leadership Council. I’m currently in grade 11 and I’m studying the IB. I first knew Mother’s Choice in grade 10. And when I to choose a CAS service program, it was then that I started to understand what Mother’s Choice does and what facilities they provide to help children, families and pregnant teens. I was really moved by the mission after volunteering for 1 year. It was something I would never have thought of before and so I decided to take on the leader position in DBS in grade 11 as my IB CAS project, so I can recruit more people as volunteers and also spread the word about the work of Mother’s Choice amongst our school and our community.
I’ve had a lot of memorable experiences in my work for the YLC. Despite facing a lot of challenges due to the coronavirus these two years, we have had a lot of activities such as hiking, visiting Child Care Home and holding meetings with other leaders, both face-to-face and through Zoom, to understand really how different schools may approach the mission of volunteering. It’s spreading the world differently and it’s really, really inspiring. Although a lot of training is required to take care of children and deal with real cases, and you really have to be professionals to help them, so as youth volunteers, we may not have the ability and time to do that, it is still very, very meaningful to help in the background by raising awareness among the younger generation.
I hope that more people will understand the work of Mother’s Choice and see the relevance of our mission with their daily lives. Especially because I’m from a boy school, so a lot of people have the misconception that… you know, pregnant teens have nothing to do with them. But actually everyone can take an active role to spread the word and learn about child protection, and learn about the mission of Mother’s Choice and to become volunteers as well. I believe that Mother’s Choice will reach a wider audience in the future and it will make a huge impact in lots of families in Hong Kong. Thank you.
Started in 2015, the Mother’s Choice Youth Leadership Council is a youth centered advisory group designed to provide leadership development for student members as well as facilitate teamwork, build youth confidence and strengthen student skills with problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
If you are interested in starting up a Youth Leadership Council in your school, please email us at email@example.com
For more details, please visit www.motherschoice.org/en/take-action/student/