Youth Outreach (Chinese: 協青社)is a non-profit organization in Hong Kong established in November 1991 as a crisis intervention center for youth. In the years since its establishment, the organization has been devoting its services to help youth in critical condition or those who face major crisis in their life.
The Chinese name of Youth Outreach are special in that, the first word “Qing”, meaning “green”, symbolizes youthfulness and liveliness, and its character position between “協”, meaning aid, and “社”, meaning society, creates the picture of youth being supported and cared for.
Background of the organization
Youth Outreach was formed in 1991 due to the proposal of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) to work for youth life crisis prevention and youth healthy development. It provides professional counselling services to the youth as well, who are incapable of handling life crisis incidents on their own.
In 1991, the minute center of Youth Outreach situated in the quarters of Mong Kok was intended to become a one-stop crisis prevention service center under the initiative by Professor Peter Newbery.