YES Program "Youth Employment Start-up"
Youth Outreach (YO) launched Youth Employment Start-up Program (Y.E.S. Program) with "YES Express Service" to offer job opportunities to teenagers. Besides, YO provides a variety of job placements for at-risk youth by employing them as its Programme Assistants in order to help them develop positive working attitudes. By providing them with 1-year job opportunities, YO hopes to enable them to find jobs in the market. Some youngsters may even use their skills acquired in youth culture to develop their future career (e.g. as Thai boxing tutors and hip hop dancing coaches). YO operates a 7-Eleven convenience store and cooperates with Hungry Rhino (a chic café), Fullness Hair, and CO1 Infinity at Sai Wan Ho to offer different job training opportunities to our youth.
The YES Program does not only provide employment referrals for at-risk youth, but also instills among them proper work ethics such as punctuality, diligence and responsibility, as well as helps them establish good interpersonal skills and a positive attitude towards life. These would get them better prepared for the job market.
7-ELEVEN Convenience Store
The convenience store at our ground floor provides a good training program for youth who are interested in the retail trade. Young people can learn the basic concept of retailing service on site, including customer servicing skills, goods logistics and management knowledge, and selling techniques.
Fullness Hair, another workshop on our ground floor, offers young people formal and systematic professional training in hair dressing by professional hair stylists. The training practice is designed for those who want to pursue a career in the hairdressing industry. Youth will be equipped with the basic skills of hair shampoo, hair-perm, haircut and other aspects of hair-styling.
Customer service in a café is indispensable. By working as a waiter/waitress in Rhino Kitchen on our ground floor, youth will appreciate the importance of customer service and learn how to attend to customers' needs. Also by working as a bartender, they are trained in the basic skills required for working in the food and beverage industry.
The YES Program has offered young people a variety of job opportunities including courier services, design schools, Chinese catering, etc. They allow at-risk youth to learn communication skills, proper etiquette with customers, problem-solving skills, and emergency handling. Through on-the-job training, they can develop self-confidence and a sense of responsibility which would help them pursue a career in other industries in the future.