About Smart Youth Health
Jockey Club Community Sustainability Fund – Smart Youth Health Project is a multi-level initiative that digitalise youth health prevention. The project is funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
We envision a world where young people are empowered to reach their full potential.
To equip young people with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities needed to support themselves and each other.
We collaborate with schools and other partners to offer programmes to Chinese- and English-speaking youth between the ages of 14 and 24 around our three core focus areas: Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Mental Health & Wellbeing, and Positive Youth Development.
Drug and Alcohol Awareness
At KELY, we work to prevent and reduce the harm associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Our Drug and Alcohol Awareness programmes equip young people with the skills and knowledge needed to avoid using drugs and alcohol, protect themselves and make healthy choices, and support their peers.
Mental Health & Wellbeing
We take at preventative approach to our Mental Health & Wellbeing programmes and focus on helping young people to understand their own emotions, cope with stress, and know how to help themselves as well as their peers. In situations where we identify additional mental health needs, we work with a strong network of referral organisations that can provide in-depth one-on-one counseling.
Positive Youth Development
Our Positive Youth Development programmes create opportunities for young people to explore and develop life skills and creative expressions, increasing their aspirations for the future. We focus specifically on disadvantaged youth, who typically don’t have access to skills-building programmes of this nature.
Our Focus on Peer Support, Leadership Development, and Mentorship
At KELY, we encourage peer support because young people are more likely to feel supported and listened to when interacting with their peers within a positive environment. We pay attention to young people’s needs and develop future leaders by engaging our youth in the planning and implementation of our programmes and services for their peers. Trusted adult volunteers from the local community are invited to share their knowledge and expertise with our youth, develop shared goals and work together as a team in our various programmes.