SOAR Youth Leadership Programme
SOAR Youth Leadership Programme (SOAR) is a 1-year credit-bearing programme jointly organised by PolyU and Peking University. Students at the two universities are required to complete designated leadership courses and training and to learn more about environmental sustainability, economic development, cultural diversity, innovation, social responsibility and global perspectives by visiting and engaging in service learning in countries along the Silk Road.
SOAR was developed from two programmes: Global Youth Leadership Programme, organised jointly with Peking University in 2013-15, and Silk Road Leadership Programme, implemented in collaboration with Peking University and Xian Jiaotong University in 2015-16.
To nurture students’ abilities in the following areas.
S erving Heart
Students who complete SOAR Youth Leadership Programme should be able to:
- Acquire the concepts of Service Leadership
- Understand the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Have an enhanced awareness of social and global issues
- Attain and increase problem analytical and solving skills, and the ability to be self-aware and self-reflect
- Design basic service plans and proposals
- Improve service plans and project designs with regard to the needs of target audience
- Obtain basic research methods
- Attain and increase various leadership competences
- Have concepts on social innovation and social betterment
- Plan and implement social projects
- Serve in cross-cultural settings with global awareness
- Work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Visualise, act on and respond to global and social issues
SOAR Youth Leadership Programme 2019/20
Programme Schedule 2019/20
|STAGE 1||3-20 July 2019||Beijing & Hong Kong:
|STAGE 2||Late-Jan to Early-Feb 2020||Cambodia|
|STAGE 3||July 2020||Credit-bearing Service-learning subject in cross-cultural environment- East Africa|
SOAR 2019-20 Application and Requirements
|Cohort||Programme Period||Application Period|
|2019-20||July 2019 – July 2020||From now until 4 Apr 2019|
- Applicants must be UGC-funded Bachelor's degree year one students, including local and non-local students
- Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview
- Application for SOAR 2019-20 has closed
SOAR Youth Leadership Programme 2018/19
SOAR Youth Leadership Programme 2018/19 (5th Cohort) kicked off in Beijing in July. The forty-three students (21 from PolyU and 22 from Peking University) completed service leadership lectures at Peking University and experienced community service at the capital of Mainland China. They then travelled to Yunnan, field-visited the local NGOs on ethnic minorities and the Bai and Yi groups and learnt about ethnic farm cultures and resource sharing. They also studied about equality in trading and inclusion of ethnic minorities; furthermore, they interacted and provided service to the children and elderly in the area. After their first taste of SOAR, they went back to Beijing and joined the Global Youth Leaders Summit 2018, and collaborated with other youth leaders of the world. Themed “Equality and Inclusion”, they will continue their SOAR journey to Israel and Kyrgyzstan.
SOAR Youth Leadership Programme 2017/18
The forth cohort of SOAR Youth Leadership Programme 2017/18 has concluded with the service-learning trip at Kyrgyzstan in August. A total of 21 students from PolyU, 12 students from Xi’an Jiaotong University and 11 students from Peking University completed and graduated from the programme.
Themed “Embracing Diversity”, the students learned about social issues and phenomenon in different cultural contexts. They visited Gansu to understand the living style and culture of the Tibetan and the Hui families, and the challenges of the ethnic groups in Mainland China. In Israel, they learnt about creating a shared society for the Arabs and the Jews, and reflected on the situations of their own cities. The International Youth Forum at the University of Haifa also inspired them about the youth’s views and responsibilities on ethnic diversity.
At Kyrgyzstan, the country of rich ethnicity, PolyU students conducted their credit-bearing service-learning subject offered by the School of Nursing. While Peking University students travelled to Jarbashy Primary School in the remote area and held a summer camp for local children, students from Xi’an Jiaotong University conducted summer camps with the Kyrgyzstan Federation of the Blinds and Children at the Ivanovka Primary School.
SOAR Youth Leadership Programme 2016/17
Students of SOAR 2016-17 had travelled to Inner Mongolia, Israel and Kyrgyzstan throughout 2016-17. They learned about environmental sustainability, economic development, cultural diversity, and service leadership in the first two trips and served at the local communities in Kyrgyzstan. In Kyrgyzstan, they carried out vision screening for children and conducted summer camp for primary students. Towards the end of the trip, they gave presentations at the Youth Forum in Kazakhstan.
Programme Plan for Cohort 2016-17
|2-19 Jul||weeks||1st Trip: 4-days Service-Leadership Class; Peking & Inner Mongolia Study Trip|
|Early Oct||Afternoon||Talk: Preparation of the Youth Forum|
|Early Dec||Afternoon||Rehearsal for the Youth Forum|
|Mid Jan||10 days||2nd Trip: Youth Forum and Visits in Israel|
|Mid Feb||Afternoon||Trip Review|
|Mid Mar||Afternoon||Talk: Preparation of the Service-learning trip|
|Mid Apr/May/Jun||Afternoon||Meeting for the Service-Learning trip|
|Mid July||2 weeks||3rd trip: Service-Learning (credit-bearing)|