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Date: Tuesday, October 16 2018

Service-Learning Subject
APSS2S09 Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs  


The subject received the Bronze Award for the category of social enterprise in the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2016 for creating a pedagogical approach to ethical leadership that acknowledges that the intrapersonal competencies are as pertinent as the hard skills that enable successful leadership.

In 2018, the Leadership and Intrapersonal Development (LIPD) Team of APSS has been honoured with the 2018 University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award in recognition of the remarkable contributions to teaching and learning in offering the leadership subjects including the above.


The objectives of the subject are to enable students to:

  • understand the core attributes of service leaders;


  • apply the core components of service leadership through the engagement of community-based service activities;
  • develop self-awareness of sharing and empathy to others and the community; and


  • reflect on their service leadership qualities, particularly intrapersonal and interpersonal  competencies.


Service Targets
Students will be required to provide care and service in one of the following service settings:

Offering Semester

Service Settings

Service Location

Service Targets

S12 & S23

Heep Hong Society


Hong Kong

Preschool children with mental retardation, autism and learning difficulties

Society of Boys’ Centres


Children and adolescents with social and emotional problems

Wharf’s Project WeCan


Less-privileged secondary school students


Xi’an Jiaotong University西安交通大学


Children and adolescents with special needs (e.g., migrant children, left-behind children, live in poverty, children with emotional and behavioral problems etc.)

An Giang University

(RISE Youth Leadership Programme)


International University of Central Asia (IUCA)

(SOAR Youth Leadership Programme)

Central Asia (e. Kyrgyzstan) 


Christian Zheng Sheng College


Hong Kong

Children and adolescents with substance abuse and/or delinquent behavior


Service-Learning Project
Students are divided into small groups according to their disciplines and interests to plan for and implement a service project. Students are required to utilize their knowledge and skills of this subject as well as their disciplines in service planning. The tentative schedule for direct service delivery and type of services are listed below for reference:

Offering Semester


Tentative Schedule for Direct Service

Type of Services

S12 & S23

Hong Kong

*Throughout Semester One and Two (Serving on some weekends or weeknights may be expected)

Develop and implement programmes to help children and adolescents to better manage their emotions, strengthen their self-esteem, nurture positive and healthy identities, improve their interpersonal skills, etc.


Xi’an,  Vietnam or Central Asia

#Around 13-14 days in summer term

·    Xi’an (13 July- 26 July 2019)

·    Vietnam (28 May – 9 June 2019)

·    Kyrgyzstan (5-18 August 19)


Hong Kong

*Throughout Summer Term and Semester One (Serving on some weekends or weeknights may be expected)


Tentative Schedule
The tentative schedule for this 2-semester subject is as below:

1st Term
  • E-learning through Blackboard
  • Preparatory Lectures, Seminars and Workshops
  • Service Planning and Preparation
  • Direct Service Delivery*
  • On-going Reflective Journals

2nd Term

  • Direct Service Delivery*# 
  • Post-service Workshops and Group Presentation
  • On-going Reflective Journals


*Actual schedule depends on agency needs, instructor’s plan and discussion with students. 
#Actual schedule for direct service delivery in Mainland China, Vietnam and Central Asia depends on the arrangement of the collaborative partners and will be announced by the instructors in due course.


Outbound Trips and Fees
Students taking the subject with direct services conducted in Xi’an in summer term are required to pay a non-refundable outbound fee of HK$1,500 (subject to revision) to cover part of the expenses such as airfare and accommodation expenses for the outbound trips despite the availability of financial support from the University.

Selection for students to conduct direct services in Vietnam and Central Asia in summer term will be arranged by the Global Youth Leadership and Service-Learning Institute (GYLSLI) in around October 2018.  Selected students are required to pay a non-refundable outbound fee to cover part of the expenses for the outbound trips despite the availability of financial support from the University.  Please check out the details at GYLSLI’s websites below.


There are totally 3 quota of scholarship at HK$5,000 each to be awarded by Wofoo Foundation for students taking the subject locally. One quota will be offered in S12, S23 and S31 respectively.


Student Feedback
Please click here for students’ sharing.


Full-time 4-year degree students are eligible to take the subject.  Students enrolling the subject with direct services in Xi’an should possess minimal level of Putonghua for effective delivery of services in Mainland China.


Pre-requisite Requirement


Subject Registration
Please enroll the subject (APSS2S09) at eStudent during the following periods:

Offering Semester

Subject Registration Period

Adjustment before Semester Commencement

Add/drop Period


6-8 August 2018

31 August – 1 September 2018

3-15 September 2018


7-9 January 2019

11-12 January 2019

14-26 January 2019


11-13 March 2019

24-25 May 2019

27 May – 1 June 2019



Academic Enquiry

Offering Semester & Location of Direct Services




Dr Cecilia Ma

S12 (Hong Kong)

2766 5724


Dr Ann Li

S23 (Hong Kong & Xi’an)

2766 7827


Dr Catherine Chai

S23 (Central Asia)

2766 8517


Mr Wynants Ho

S23 (Vietnam) & S31 (Hong Kong)

3400 3009



Administrative Enquiry




General Office (APSS)

2766 5773


Global Youth Leadership and Service Learning Institute (GYLSLI)

3400 8533



[Click here for subject syllabus]
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[Click here for SOAR Youth Leadership Programme]
[Click here for video of Christian Zheng Sheng College strive for students’ future]