RISE Youth Leadership Programme

RISE (Responsibility, Impact towards others, Serving heart, Empowerment) is a one-semester intensive leadership training offered to UGC-funded undergraduate local and exchange students in PolyU. It pilots a leadership education structure that embraces peer-learning through team building orientation and camp, classroom learning and experiential workshops on social issues, service leadership, liberal studies, and cultural competence; it concludes with a 2-week international study cum service trip which embodies the aspirations of global visions and serving hearts.

The non-credit bearing first and second cohorts of RISE took about 100 students of over ten nationalities throughout the journey on sharing economy/social innovation and all cognitive, emotional, and cultural trainings and workshops. They travelled to the Sharing City – Seoul, South Korea and visited the well-developed social innovations, cooperatives etc. The visits and dialogues with local social innovators opened their eyes and cultivated their beliefs of development alternatives. The students also served in both Seoul and Mokpo (southern part of South Korea) in partnership with Ewha Womans University and Mokpo National University. The services to children and elderly in both city and rural areas unveiled to the students the different sides of a country beyond distant views solely from social platforms and media, and prepared the students with empathy and skills to pay it forward to the community. In addition, the two partnered universities organised lectures and dialogues with professors and experts, and mobilised around 50 students in total for the two cohorts.

RISE (3rd Cohort) is a one-semester credit-bearing leadership programme which is embedded with the three-credit service-learning subject APSS2S09 Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs in 2017-18. This cohort covers a peer-learning and team-building adventure camp, lectures on Service Leadership, workshops on cultural competence and service project planning etc. during Semester 2; while in May, the forty five students will go to Vietnam for local studies and service at Ho Chi Minh City and An Giang Province in Semester 3. In Vietnam, RISE collaborates with Vietnam National University and An Giang University for service-learning and understanding of the social and post-war situations of the country.

 
 

Programme Objectives

To nurture students’ abilities in the following areas.

  R esponsibility
  I mpacts towards people around them
  S erving Heart
  E mpowerment on self and others in global context


 

Programme Structure

  RISE Camp Team-building camp for students of various backgrounds that establishes expectations for the RISE journey of learning and helps students to identify their own leadership abilities, strengths, weaknesses, etc.
  RISE Workshops Talks and local visits in Hong Kong that prepare students for service learning and provision during the two-week international trip
  RISE Serve Group discussion of and preparation for designing a service project; needs assessment
  RISE Quest International study and service-learning trip
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RISE 2017-18 (3rd Cohort)


3rd Cohort RISE Youth Leadership Programme 2017-18 crossovers 3-credit2 APSS2S09 Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs* in Vietnam. RISE 2017-18 (3rd Cohort) covers lectures on Service Leadership, workshops on cultural competence and service project planning etc. during Semester 2; while in May, students will go to Vietnam for local studies and service at Ho Chi Minh City and An Giang City in Semester 3.


Tentative Schedule (Semester 2 and 3, 2017/18)

Week (Date) Content
2 RISE Orientation
3 (3 - 4 Feb 2018) RISE Camp
4 – 6 Lectures on Service Leadership *
7 – 8 RISE Workshops on cultural competence and other topics
9 – 13 RISE Workshops on project planning; project presentation, and group consultations
Mid May 2018 Pre-departure briefing session; and Study cum service-learning trip in Vietnam




*APSS2S09 Service Leadership through Serving Children and Families with Special Needs (Semesters 2 and 3, 2017/18) is a 3-credit service-learning subject
  This cohort of RISE has started in January 2018; and is scheduled to complete by June 2018.






 
 
 

RISE 2017-18 (2nd Cohort)


RISE 2017-18 (2nd Cohort) completed their outbound study-cum-service trip in South Korea in January 2018. Upon social innovation, students this cohort visited Heyground, Sungoo Valley, and Seoul Upcycling Plaza - the biggest upcycling centre in the world, in Seoul. Thereafter, the students travelled to Mokpo, southern rural area of South Korea, and performed three day service to local elderlies and children. The programme was joint by Ewha Womans University in Seoul, and Mokpo National University in Mokpo.


Click here for more photos in South Korea!






 
 
 

RISE 2016-17 (1st Cohort)


52 students of 6 different nationalities joined the first cohort of RISE (Sep 2016 – Jan 2017). They completed all cognitive, emotional, and cultural trainings and workshops, and travelled to the Sharing City – Seoul, Korea, under the theme “sharing economy and social innovation” and visited the well-developed social innovations, cooperatives etc. They also served in both Seoul and Mokpo (southern part of Korea) in partnership with Ewha Womans University and Mokpo National University. The two partnered universities mobilised 30 students in total for the programme.


Schedule and Activities of RISE 2016-17 (1st Cohort) [Click Content for Photos]

Date Period Content Objective
7 Sep 2016 Evening RISE Orientation Programme introduction and team initialisation
24-25 Sep 2016 Whole days RISE Camp Team building and expection adjustment on the programme
8 Oct 2016 Evening RISE Workshop on
Sharing Economy
Introduction to Sharing Economy and the social values behind
22 Oct 2016 Evening Local Case Studies Students' presentation on designated themes and overall assessment for Phase 2
13 Nov 2016 Evening RISE Workshop on Compassion and Empathy Self-understanding, realisation of emotional competence, and atitude and value adjustment on providing services
Dec 2016   RISE Serve Meeting with groups on service planning discussion and adjustment
31 Dec 2016 -
13 Jan 2017
2 weeks RISE Quest 2-week international study cum service trip for a comprehensive learning from history, economy, to values and a serving heart
15 Feb 2017 Lunch RISE Graduation Celebration and summary from students for the whole RISE 2016-17
 
 

RISE 2016-17 1st Cohort (Video)