Justice Centre Young Advocates Programme 2017

Posted by Peter MUIR


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The Justice Centre Hong Kong, a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants, is looking for students to join their Young Advocates Programme.

The Young Advocates Programme is open for students aged 14-18 years old and would suit those who are looking to study subjects such as law, social policy, human rights, government and politics, or international development at university. Young Advocates get involved in all areas of the team at Justice Centre, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Young Advocates will be mentored by their experienced staff, and will enhance their research, writing, communication, analytical and presentation skills.

In 2017, two programmes will be available. The Spring Programme will be for two weeks in April 2017 while the Summer Programme will run for four weeks each in June, July and August. Places are limited in both, and a financial contribution in order to be able to run the programme.

The centre will host open evenings on December 7 and 12 which parents and students are welcome to attend to meet our team and learn more about the programme. You can RSVP by emailing info@justicecentre.org.hk.

More details can be found on the event website.  You can also contact info@justicecentre.org.hk for an application pack which has further information. The deadline for applications is January 27, 2017.

Here’s what one of the 2016 Young Advocates, Bryan, had to say about his experience:
“Working at Justice Centre through the Young Advocates Programme has been an amazing experience. I’ve had many great opportunities to explore the fields of laws, advocacy, and human rights. I was able to learn a lot about refugee law internationally and in Hong Kong. Helping with various legal and research tasks gave me an expanded knowledge of the law and how it is applied in real life. I also learned how persecution happens in countries all around the world. Participating in drop-in sessions with potential clients gave me more of a real world understanding of the plight of refugees. Every day there were new experiences and knowledge to be gained. I enjoyed every moment of the programme and it all went by too fast.”