Disconnect to Connect
Yui Ho Thomas Wong
From January 1 to August 31, 2018
Target avg age
Sustainable Development Goal
Education and Economic Empowerment
JCI Lion Rock analyzes and explores this issue by applying Active Citizen Framework to initiate the Disconnect to Connect program in 2018. We utilize resources and networks to promote Social Interaction Communication and empower active citizens to create positive change by strengthening the communication in our community.
Human interaction helps teenagers develop emotionally and behaviorally and to see a person's emotional reaction and encourages mutual respect and understanding. Social networking over a smartphone may NOT accomplish this. The ever-growing penetration of instantly available social media has been redefining the means of our communication.
Prominent Guests and Organizations Involved
Experienced social workers, researchers and organizations in association with youth affairs have provided massive support to this programme as our advisors and partners. They analyze our survey results and declare that the community as a whole should face the problem. They also recommend solutions that may motivate teenagers towards active listening. Their participation made “Disconnect to Connect” manage to get double the result with half the effort.
Co-organizer: Tung Wah Group of Hospitals - Integrated Centre on Addiction Prevention and Treatment (ICAPT)
Examples of supporting organizations:
(i) The Hong Kong Institution of Family Education (HKIFE)
(ii) Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service – Hong Kong (ELCSS-HK)
(iii) Family and Youth Development Wellness Centre
Examples of prominent guests:
(i) Chief Executive of HKIFE, Dr. Tik Chi Yuen, SBS BBS JP;
(ii) Chairman of Youth Service Management Committee, ELCSS-HK and 2017 TOYP Hong Kong Awardee, Dr. Jacky Tang Chi Kit (2017 TOYP)
7 million citizens being reached
We have raised public awareness about how instantly available social media has been affecting the ways of connections among people. Our communication survey findings had aroused extensive media coverage and significant public concern. At least 13 newspapers and online news platforms including TOPick, HK01, Oriental Daily, Sky Post, AM730, Sing Pao, Metro Daily, CTgoodjobs had reported our key findings and sharing by our prominent guest speakers.
13 Local media news reports: 7 million
Supporting organizations: +10,000
Online promotion of our events via Facebook, Timeable and forums: +5,000
Positive change in community
Over 100 participants have attended our seminar and workshops. They acquire active listening skills and are provided guidelines for continuous self-evaluation for effective communication. They also receive phone stands with our chamber logo as special gifts, which remind them to put down their smartphones for face to face communication, resulting in sustainable community impact.
- Act more deep and detail-oriented for survey
- Engaging more partners to involve
- Connect media to make bigger noise and arise awareness