Career and Life Adventure Planning for Youth-At-Risk in Community Settings (CLAP) 2015-2020, has received HK$62.34 million funding from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust https://www.clapforyouth.org.hk/.

As PI of the CLAP Community-Based Team housed in the Department of Social Work, Prof Victor Wong, is collaborating with other scholars on a cross-disciplinary, local, and international platform: the HKBU English department (ethnic minority youth in Hong Kong); the HKBU Computer Science department (building a cloud-based interface for CV360, https://cv360.org/); as well as consulting renowned overseas scholars (Prof. Tristram Hooley, University of Derby; and Prof. Johanna Wyn, University of Melbourne) concerning international benchmarking.

Dr. Jacques Pouyaud, currently a Visiting Scholar of the Department of Social Work, and a member of the UNESCO-UNITWIN Network of Life Designing Interventions (Counseling, Guidance, Education) for Decent Work and Sustainable Development, has incorporated Prof. Wong’s Expanded Notion of Work (ENOW) model with embodied elements of Value, Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge (ENOW-VASK) into his Life Design model and into the master’s degree programmes offered in the University of Bordeaux, France https://wp.unil.ch/unitwin/.

CLAP uses a variety of home-based, online and offline outreaching approaches to engaging and providing career support services to non-engaged youth aged 15-21, who are not in or at-risk of not in education, employment or training in community settings. CLAP has benefited more than 9,700 youth-at-risk, which is about one tenth of NEET youth in Hong Kong.

Overall speaking, CLAP has generated impact not only on clientele level, but also on professional capacity building level regarding training up close to 1,800 social workers/youth workers with a package of 15-hours and more than 350 practitioners with a 28-hour package. To make CLAP practice sustainable beyond 2020, the team has published a good number of downloadable practice guidelines available from the website of CLAP.

The third higher impact level is to engage six parties of stakeholders to promote ecosystem change largely measured in terms of BACK (behaviors, attitudes, conditions and knowledge) including government departments, NGOs/schools, and business partners, and three other groups of people including parents, coaches/mentors/serious leisure devotees, and ex-users.  These third-level initiatives are to provide disadvantaged youth in particular an enabling environment where they can access resources, opportunities and networks (RON) for pursuing their career pursuits and making positive contributions towards a better inclusive world. 

It is our pleasure to witness a milestone achievement of CLAP regarding earning The HKBU Knowledge Transfer Award 2019 last year.