Administered by Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service (YMMSS), Youth Empowerment Service (YES) is a community-based transition programme launched by the Methodist Study Trust (MST) in April 2014. It aims at providing comprehensive life skills training for English-speaking young adults with special needs.
As a social service provider, YMMSS looks for unmet demands in the society and aims to fill the service gap in the community. Earlier on in 2013, through an English-speaking member of the Methodist International Church (MIC), it was brought to attention that there seemed to be a lack of support for English-speaking individuals with special needs in Hong Kong. Reverend Dr Howard Mellow of the MIC, who is also the Chairman of the Student Vetting Committee of Methodist Study Trust (MST), subsequently spoke to Mr. Jacob Chan, Director of the Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service (YMMSS) and discussed the possible development of support for this demographic. Consequently, the current premises where YES is located was promised, and cooperation between YMMSS and YES was initiated.
Receiving enthusiastic support and expertise from YMMSS, a working committee was formed where they collaborated and discussed the conceptual and operational aspects of a transition programme for special needs. After consulting parents and professionals, renovating the premises and purchasing equipment with the generous support of the Round Table No. 10, YES was launched in April 2014 as a part-time programme with a small group of trainees. In July that year, YES further developed and started operating as a full time programme.
YES is grateful and privileged to receive professional support and management from both Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service and the Methodist Study Trust.