Platform Communities: A Local Platform for Upward Mobility in Diverse Youth Communities

2019-12-12
Platform Communities: A Local Platform for Upward Mobility in Diverse Youth Communities

Platform Communities: A Local Platform for Upward Mobility in Diverse Youth Communities

Between 2017 and 2019, the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hong Kong Baptist University, together with the Department of Social Work, Department of Geography, Department of Sport and Physical Education and Department of Government and International Studies completed a city-wide three-year research project in 18 districts of Hong Kong to understand how families, the community, and city infrastructure can provide an appropriate platform for young adults, so that they can develop their potentials, thus achieve upward mobility.

Results of the survey found that strengthening young people’s confidence in their future, narrowing the income gap in society and promoting income equality, strengthening neighborhood and community cohesiveness, encouraging intergenerational solidarity, as well as designing community infrastructure to encourage residents to work within the district can enhance young people's sense of well-being, perceived health, and social trust. The research team also recommended the establishment of “Platform Communities” that facilitates upward mobility, and drives up the holistic well-being of the youth.

The research was reported by Hong Kong Economic Journal, Mingpao, Singtao and am730 on 11 December 2019.

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