Citi - HKCSS Community Intern Programme outreach - 15 June 2016
Skateboards, graffiti, hip hop music...what can you think of when you see all these things at once? A bunch of gangsters wandering around at midnight? Today, the program of street dance at Youth Outreach told me this is not the real case.
School of Hip Hop is one of the three social enterprises under Youth Outreach. They welcome all youths aged from 4-24 to join their courses and trainings, but the main service targets are those who have been encountering different kinds of crisis in life such as family conflicts and failures in academic study. “Learning street dance can boost my self-esteem and life satisfaction when I can finally succeed in doing some difficult moves after all my hard work and efforts paid during practices,” one of the students Ar Gwei stated at the sharing session. He had once been a hidden youth who was addicted in computer games and performed poorly in school. After getting in touch with street dance at Youth Outreach, not only he felt more confident in himself, but he also gained the attitude of being serious to his study, since he realised the importance of excelling in language to learn more about the street dance culture which originated from the America. He was willing to open up and now he often helps in different outreach programs to share his experience and encourage other youths in need. I appreciate his persistence in learning hip hop dance and how it inspired and changed his life.
To me, I had always stereotyped the youths in crisis as delinquents who gave up their futures and life purposes. However, I neglected their stories behind. They all have their own talents and passion towards life, just that they are not recognized by the society since the social norm only consider people with high education qualification as the future hope. In fact, youths with talents in other fields such as dancing can also live a wonderful and fruitful life by inspiring others to chase their dreams with perseverance. We should not belittle the ability of everyone.