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Date: Friday, January 05 2018

Service-Learning Subject

APSS2S09 Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs  



The objectives of this 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


Xian Jiaotong University西安交通大学


Children and adolescents with special needs (e.g., orphans, live in poverty, children with disabilities etc.)

An Giang University



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


Direct Service Delivery

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.


Xian or Vietnam

#Around 10-13 days in summer term

  • Xian (21 – 30 July 2018)
  • Vietnam (15 – 27 May 2018)


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 the Chinese Mainland and Vietnam 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 Xian in summer term are required to pay a non-refundable outbound fee of HK$1,500 to cover part of the expenses such as transportation fees 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 in summer term will be arranged by the Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI) in around November – December 2017.  Selected students are required to pay a non-refundable outbound fee of HK$2,200 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 RISE Youth Leadership Programme.



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

Sharing on Application of Professional Knowledge

  • “During the preparation of fashion show, I had applied my professional (Computing) in to the service by preparing a video clip “making-of the show”, which was shown in the event of the service. I received positive feedback from my classmates and school staff.”
  • “In career workshop, I built a mutual and trustworthy relationship with students by providing information of my programme (Accounting). Besides, I could show my genuine care and concern to the students by listening their worries and offering beneficial tips in revision for examination to them.”


Sharing on Improving Leadership Skills

  • “After the course, I learn to adapt in the ever-changing world and meet needs’ of people with diverse background. For example, I learn to control my emotion when students were not listening to my instruction. I learn to build trust and respect others when they shared their personal stories and experiences with me…Service learning is not only about providing service, but also learning through the process of providing service.”
  • “The workshop provided us to get closer with those students, and that was why I became more sensitive to their needs …. I think 40 direct service hours is not that hard to achieve if you are giving your heart into those events as well as the service targets. What I have gained is far more than what I gave. All those friendships and memories are valuable to me.”
  • “All in all the service learning does let me to be more passionate in helping children. I also gained my problem-solving and decision-making skills since there may be some sudden problems during the services.”


Sharing on Becoming a Service Leader

  • “Everyone has the potential to be a leader.  In the past, I was thought that the role of leader could only be taken by the best person in a group.  The services gave me another point of view, people are all capable to be a good leader.”
  • “I will be graduating soon in the next year and there is one question that bothers me a lot, which is "have I ever be proud of myself about what I have done or what I am good at?" …After finishing the service, I think I am able to do fluent public speaking and am capable of building relationship with others in a short period of time. After the service, I am so glad to hear positive feedbacks from the students and teachers. I feel a lot more confident about myself thanks to the help of the students and their teachers, whom ensure my abilities.”
  • “Holding services for the secondary school students was a valuable experience. I could meet both different seminar group students and secondary school students. I needed to work with my classmates to hold service and this could enhance my interpersonal skill. I also learned to plan activities for the people based on their needs even when there were different challenges.” 


Full-time 4-year degree students are eligible to take the subject.  Students enrolling the subject with direct services in Xian should possess intermediate level of Putonghua for effective delivery of services in the Chinese Mainland. 

Pre-requisite Requirement


Subject Registration

Offering Semester

Subject Registration Period

Adjustment before Semester Commencement

Add/drop Period


7-9 Aug 2017

1-2 Sept 2017

4-16 Sept 2017


8-10 Jan 2018

12-13 Jan 2018

15-27 Jan 2018


12-14 Mar 2018

25-26 May 2018

28 May – 2 Jun 2018


Academic Enquiry

Offering Semester & Location of Direct Services




Dr Cecilia Ma

S12 & S23 (Hong Kong)

2766 5724


Dr Ann Li

S23 (Xian)

2766 7827


Mr Wynants Ho

S23 (Vietnam) & S31 (Hong Kong)

3400 3009



Administrative Enquiry




General Office (APSS)

2766 5773


Global Youth Leadership Institute (GYLI)

3400 8533



[Click here for subject syllabus]
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[Click here for RISE Youth Leadership Programme
[Click here for course features with direct services in Hong Kong]
[Click here for video of Christian Zheng Sheng College strive for students’ future]