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Support!’s mission has continually been to create opportunities and foster connections for individuals from all backgrounds within communities, under the guiding principle and firm belief that young people are tomorrow’s leaders. As part of our mission, we strive to maintain youth input in every role of the organisation and to conduct local and sustained community work in Hong Kong’s society. Support! was founded under three pillars that we think represent what we stand for and what we hope to achieve in all our endeavours.
Every person in Support! is a learner. Our beneficiaries grow from our programmes that are not introduced in their existing school curriculums, furthering their communication skills, their critical thinking, and their creative thinking. In turn, our instructors learn about themselves and about the students that they’re working with, gaining a better understanding of the world that they live in and where they fit into it.
Support! has young people in every role up the ladder, from instructors to leadership positions. As youth members of society, we believe it is important for us to grasp at opportunities for our own growth and to find a place in the community. It is our responsibility to give back to the community that has done so much for us and make it an even better place for the future, as we are the ones who will see it.
Communities in Need
With a non-political and non-sectarian stance on issues in Hong Kong, Support! values helping all those who are in need of it most. Very often, communities are under-served and are not given as many opportunities to flourish as they deserve. A lot of individuals in Hong Kong Communities do not have access to the best resources to strengthen their English skills. Support! aims to help different communities in Hong Kong by providing individuals with unique opportunities that are not normally available to them in their circumstances. Through Support!, we hope they will be able to gain a deeper understanding of English and other skills through using their abilities in meaningful and engaging activities.
Originating from Hong Kong, Support! International Foundation was founded in 2014 by Joseph Wan, who aimed to centre the organisation on teaching local school students debate. With the help of many others, its first programme was launched at Tak Oi Secondary School with great success. A couple months later, Support! looked to contribute more to the community and expand its programmes; thus the second programme, Green Living, was launched at Aberdeen Technical School. The two successful launches enabled Support! to further propagate its cause, creating programmes in Australian International School Hong Kong, Man Kiu College, Chinese International School, Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College for those who need it most. Support! has also hosted two Youth Leadership Conferences and has begun hosting special events such as the Leaders of Hong Kong Series, the KELYxSupport UnConference, and Operation Santa Claus Fun4Funds Challenge. The organisation’s spirit, achievements and tenacity continues to inspire the team and other youths in Hong Kong and beyond.