What is the Young Advocates Programme?: The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a non-profit setting.
Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates engage in all areas of Justice Centre’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Young Advocates also receive one-to-one personal coaching and mentorship from Justice Centre’s highly-qualified international staff lawyers and policymakers, helping students develop important skills, knowledge, and experience as they begin applying for university courses.
Who can apply?: YAP is open to students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, psychology, social sciences, human rights, politics, or NGO management generally.
Places are limited to four Young Advocates per programme to allow Justice Centre to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate.
Programme dates: Justice Centre runs four programmes per year; one in the spring and three in the summer.
Spring Programme 2019 (two weeks):
15 – 26 April 2019
Summer Programme 2019 (three weeks):
(i) 17 June – 5 July 2019
(ii) 8 – 26 July 2019
(iii) 26 July – 16 August 2019
How do I apply?: For more information on the cost and content of the programme, and to request an application form, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk
Open evening: If you would like to find out more about the YAP and Justice Centre’s work, Justice Centre will be hosting an open evening and information session for prospective applicants at Justice Centre offices at 6:45pm on Thursday, 17 January 2019.
To RSVP, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk
About Justice Centre Hong Kong: Justice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, and survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.
Launched in 2014, Justice Centre Hong Kong was formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which over seven years, helped more than 2,000 refugee men, women and children on the road to a new life.
Building on their expertise in refugee issues, Justice Centre Hong Kong identified a clear need for an increased response to tackling forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong, and expanded their remit to fill this gap.
Justice Centre Hong Kong advocates with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. Justice Centre Hong Kong campaigns for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.
Justice Centre Hong Kong provides people seeking protection in Hong Kong with free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.
Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, Justice Centre Hong Kong has spearheaded an innovative pro-bono working model that sees leading international law firms provide financial assistance and donate hours to help with legal research and support. Justice Centre Hong Kong also harnesses funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.