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What makes a good Lead for Life service project?​

The Lead for Life service project is an essential component of our character leadership certificate programme. By completing this project individually or as part of a team, you can apply your knowledge of character leadership to make a positive impact on your community through service. Through this experience, you will not only increase your self-awareness and identify your character leadership strengths and style, but also cultivate your sense of purpose as you work towards creating positive social change and building flourishing communities. 

A good Lead for Life service project should address a significant social issue, make a positive impact on your community, and showcase practical application of character leadership beyond academic knowledge and skills. We encourage you to step out of your comfort zone to explore challenging areas and grow your character leadership in new and meaningful ways. The project requires approximately 20 hours of direct community service, excluding other indirect tasks.

The Lead for Life service project is an essential component of our character leadership certificate programme. By completing this project individually or as part of a team, you can apply your knowledge of character leadership to make a positive impact on your community through service. Through this experience, you will not only increase your self-awareness and identify your character leadership strengths and style, but also cultivate your sense of purpose as you work towards creating positive social change and building flourishing communities. 

A good Lead for Life service project should address a significant social issue, make a positive impact on your community, and showcase practical application of character leadership beyond academic knowledge and skills. We encourage you to step out of your comfort zone to explore challenging areas and grow your character leadership in new and meaningful ways. The project requires approximately 20 hours of direct community service, excluding other indirect tasks.

How will I be assessed?

You will not be formally graded for your Lead for Life service project, but we will provide you with a feedback questionnaire to complete. Additionally, you will need to submit a 500-word reflection journal after completing your service project. In your journal, please describe 2-3 incidents that demonstrate how you have learned or applied one or more character leadership strengths during the service project. You should also identify and describe the challenges you encountered, how you overcame them, and what you discovered about yourself through the experience. After completing your service project, you will be invited to share your experience with your peers and mentors in your mentor group.

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You will not be formally graded for your Lead for Life service project, but we will provide you with a feedback questionnaire to complete. Additionally, you will need to submit a 500-word reflection journal after completing your service project. In your journal, please describe 2-3 incidents that demonstrate how you have learned or applied one or more character leadership strengths during the service project. You should also identify and describe the challenges you encountered, how you overcame them, and what you discovered about yourself through the experience. After completing your service project, you will be invited to share your experience with your peers and mentors in your mentor group.

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When should I apply?​

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Although we encourage you to complete the Lead for Life service project in Year 2, you can complete it anytime between Years 2 to 4. The applications for the service project will be accepted at the beginning of each semester, and a briefing session will be held before you start. 

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Although we encourage you to complete the Lead for Life service project in Year 2, you can complete it anytime between Years 2 to 4. The applications for the service project will be accepted at the beginning of each semester, and a briefing session will be held before you start. 

What are the different pathways?

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At Lead for Life, we understand that everyone has different interests, skills, and experiences, which is why we offer five pathways to complete the service project. These pathways are designed to cater to your unique needs and allow you to choose a project that aligns with your passions and interests.

For more information, please download the service project frequently asked questions.

Will I be funded?

If your service project application is successful, you can apply for the ‘Whole-Person Development Fund – Lead for Life Service Project Grant’ to finance the project expenses, transport and simple meal expenses.  Your application will be considered on a merit basis. The award value ranges from $1,000 to $50,000. Please submit your completed application form and documents on-line at least 10 days in advance of the commencement of your applied service project. For further details, please contact Ms Michele Fok at mcffok@hku.hk

Application documents can be downloaded below:

Ready to impact your community?

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Registrations for the AY2023/24 autumn semester are currently closed, but will be open soon! Lead for Life students will be notified via email and on our social media. In the meanwhile, for any questions or additional information, please feel free to reach out to our team at lead@hku.hk.

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Registrations for the AY2023/24 autumn semester are currently closed, but will be open soon! Lead for Life students will be notified via email and on our social media. In the meanwhile, for any questions or additional information, please feel free to reach out to our team at lead@hku.hk.