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Mentoring Ethnic Minority Youth for Community Participation and Integration (RISE)

Due to discrimination, language, social and cultural barriers, most ethnic minority youth from low-income household may experience a range of difficulties in school and social life. Recent studies showed that 40% of low-income ethnic minority students indicated that they did not see a real need in furthering education, as they feel they will not be accepted due to cultural and racial differences. Latest statistics from the Central Registry of Drug Abuse also show that the percentage of ethnic minority drug abusers has increased from 5.2% in 2009 to 7.1% in the first quarter of 2013. It is through the internalising concerns of discrimination and lack of future opportunities that often deters youth hope and ability in finding adequate opportunities, as well as fulfilling their aspirations for the future ahead.


In collaboration with the Applied Social Sciences Department of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, KELY has implemented a highly influential programme to motivate the low-economic ethic minority youth. As an initiative to help ethnic minority youth gain the knowledge, networks and skills, our programme – named “RISE!” (Realising Inner Strengths, Empowered!) by our youth participants – provides an extensive opportunity for young people to develop self-confidence and self-esteem needed for advancing their studies and future careers. Working with mentors within the ethnic minority community, this programme aims to motivate students through a series of community-based training workshops and to empower them to actualise their unique cultural identity within Hong Kong, to see a future beyond a realm of drug abuse and to become future leaders by making contributions towards a more multicultural city.

For some of the highlights of the RISE Launch, please click here.

Keeping It R.E.A.L.

How do you say no to drugs without losing friends? Where do you get the confidence and the strategies to resist peer pressure? KELY’s Keeping It R.E.A.L. programme, aims to help young people do just that. Keeping It R.E.A.L. (Refuse, Explain, Avoid and Leave) is modelled on an American drug prevention programme. Recognised by the American Justice Department, this weekly, classroom-based programme is proven to be effective in promoting anti-drug culture among students by helping them understand the risks around drug use as well as techniques to resist peer pressure. The crux of the programme is captured in the acronym “R.E.A.L.”:

R = refuse drugs

E = explain why you are refusing

A = avoid situations where drugs will be taken

L = leave situations where drugs are being taken

KELY’s Keeping It R.E.A.L programme has taken a step further into promoting drug prevention education by catering the workshops to fit the specific needs of young people from different ethnic minority backgrounds in Hong Kong. We target ethnic minority students in secondary schools and work with them to develop self-confidence, communication skills, decision making skills and drug resistance strategies. The skills and knowledge participants gain on this programme help them make informed decisions that are right for them. Since we began running this programme in 2009, we have reached over 1,960 students. KELY uses art as a method to encourage expression and development of ideas around a drug free life in this programme. In 2015, participants used street art to convey these messages.

“Welcome to My Mind” Art Exhibition

“Welcome to My Mind” is a youth-led art exhibition sponsored and curated by Ka Kee Gallery of Objects.

In this exhibition, youth from our Keeping it R.E.A.L programme explored the root causes of drug and alcohol misuse and expressed their thoughts through multimedia art projects, revealing the internal dialogue of a young person on this global issue.

Launch: 25 June, 12:30 pm
Exhibition Dates:06/25/2015 - 07/05/2015
Gallery Hours: 12:30PM - 6PM
Address: C6, G/F, 143 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

It Begins With One Story

Through setting up working groups, needs assessment, forums, intensive educational training and campaigns on drug abuse for young people and their mentors, "It Begins With One Story develops a safe and positive platform where parents and youth can engage in constructive dialogue and create strategies to tackle drug issues. At the end of the programme, youth and their parents are asked to develop a booklet on youth drug abuse that is specific to their own culture and community.

There's Always Tomorrow 2

As a way to raise awareness and eliminate such taboo in our society, “There’s Always Tomorrow” is the first programme in Hong Kong to bring forth the discussion of suicide to the public in an open and positive manner. The objective of this programme is not only to educate youth on this issue of suicide, but to instil the idea of positive living lifestyle as a way for marginalised youth to discover alternative ways of coping with difficult times. 

ND Drug Awareness Workshops

The provision of drug and alcohol addictions prevention and awareness workshops to English-speaking and Ethnic Minority students to create a platform for students to talk about substance abuse vis-à-vis other issues such as bullying, peer pressure and negative self-image.

It's Not Just About Saying "No"

This very important programme involved the participation of students in getting them to learn about the dangers of drugs, as well as obtaining skills in advertising and marketing to promote the drug-free message in their respective schools and communities. Based on our evaluations, more than 80% of participants said that they became more knowledgeable about drugs and knew how to make informed choices around this issue.

Seeing the Possibilities 2

A programme which matches students with mentors from the community to help them develop life goals through fashion arts training and the organising of a fashion show / exhibition. The focus of the programme is more on building youth capacity in the areas of: goal-setting, program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, digital media, fashion and events planning training.

One Dream Many Journeys

A goal-setting programme for vulnerable youths which includes elements of mentorship, low and high impact training and a city-wide amazing race challenge. This programme is essentially about helping young people be bold to dream big and work towards their dreams, to engender resiliency, as well as inspire other people to find ways to achieve their dreams.

Keeping It REAL! 2

Keeping It REAL! 2 focus on helping Ethnic Minority youths learn drug refusal techniques (Refuse, Explain, Avoid and Leave), film development and the implementation of a mini film festival.

There's Always Tomorrow

There’s Always Tomorrow is a positive living programme that aims at enhancing a positive living lifestyle for female youth from secondary schools in Hong Kong through intensive retreats, workshops, and outreach activities. It is an extension of a previous project unique in using art and media as a tool for self-expression and self-awareness.

Programme Objective:

There’s Always Tomorrow aims to instil positive living style and cope with difficult situations that they may face in everyday life.

Target Groups:

14-17 year old local Chinese youth.

Defeat Failure, Get Positive

A circus arts-based programme which helps local youths to address school stress as well as other everyday pressures. This initiative includes: the provision of a number of self-awareness and stress-management workshops, circus arts and performance training as well as organising young people to provide individual performances to members of the community.

Talk 2 Me

With initial funding from the American Club Hong Kong, KELY re-launched its intervention and referral services aimed at helping youth with drugs and alcohol as well as other emotional issues. The programme comprised of applying KELY’s cornerstone of values (supportive, empathetic, non-judgmental, confidential and inclusive) as well as cognitive behavioural frameworks in helping young people identify their issues and find the help they need to overcome these issues.

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