Our Staff

Project Convener : Dr. Elaine AU

Email: elaine@cityu.edu.hk

Dr. Elaine Au

Elaine wears many hats at City U – apart from being the Project Convener who founded this project and continues to provide direction and leadership; she is also the Associate Professor and Assistant Head in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, as well as the Hall Master of the Student Residence Hall 1.She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong. Before her teaching career at CityU, Elaine has years of experience being a school social worker, who also took up the role of a youth counselor and then became a social work team supervisor. Elaine finds the opportunity to work with, meet, and even live with (through being a Residence Master) young people equally important and rewarding as teaching them. Outside of her work, Elaine is a culinary enthusiast who enjoys cooking, baking and making jam. She also appreciates the natural scenery through hiking and walking. Elaine cares deeply about the welfare of children in our world today especially with the fast-growing economy and technological advancement, which distract people’s attention from caring for our children and fundamental values. That’s why she advocates for people to devote their time to volunteer because it is a precious time for growth – “volunteers are trusted by those they help. Apart from being regarded as honest, knowledgeable and caring – as volunteers nurture those they are helping, the way the recipients treat their volunteers can also be a nurturing force. This mutual process is very valuable.”

Project Supervisor:
YIP Ka Lun, Beatrice
R.S.W.

Email: kalunyip@cityu.edu.hk

Yip Ka Lun, Beatrice

R.S.W.

Beatrice graduated from Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Work from City University of Hong Kong. She once worked in the CYEP for a year and worked as a social worker in NGO. She mainly worked with the youths who involved in Compensated Dating, also their families and their social network. She enjoyed working with the high-risk youths, being a role of companion walking with them, witnessing their growth and positive change. She was impressed by the youths’ great potentials to change. She strongly believed that everyone has their own unlimited and valuable strengths. Through the strength lens, we are able to discover ones’ inner resources and hence, improve others’ life. To rejoin CYEP, she wishes to be a part to facilitate growth on both officers and volunteers. She believed that human always have something to learn, from inner self to the outer world. Never stop absorbing new things as long as you still have the passion to know a little bit more about the world. She loves travelling, running, dragon boat, yoga. Doing sports make her feel energizing. And she loves the nature so much. Nature can give her calmness and a refreshing mind. Her favourite motto is “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” So, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

Project Officer / Team Leader:
LAW Man Yin, Man

Email: manlaw.ss@cityu.edu.hk

LAW Man Yin, Man

Man graduated from the Bachelor of Business Economics at City university of Hong Kong in 2011. Upon her graduation, she became a Project Executive in a Public Relations Marketing company. She used to organize commercial events, plan advertisements and executive promotional campaigns. After one year of working in a commercial environment, she realized that she is more interested in doing human services rather than working in the business sector. She left that job and joined CYEP in 2012. She is happy to see the improvement of the volunteers. She enjoys singing during her free time and her day is not complete without singing out loud at least once. Man encourages university students to fully utilize their time. Her favorite motto is “Nothing Stumped You”.

Project Officer :
LAI Ka Chun, Bob

Email: boblai.ss@cityu.edu.hk

LAI Ka Chun, Bob

Bob gained his Bachelor degree from Department of Asian and International Studies at City University of Hong Kong in 2014, he joined CYEP and became a Project Officer upon graduation. He was the Volunteer Ambassador and the highest service hour achiever in CYEP in academic year 2013-2014 where he had opportunities to serve different underprivileged population in Hong Kong which greatly empowered him to devote himself for the society. He strongly believes that participating in social services is a process of making the world a better place. Thus, he decided to join the team of CYEP and facilitate every individual to contribute to the community. To Bob, huge positive impact starts from every small acts. His favorite motto is “What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal.”

Project Officer :
CHAN Po Yi, Bowie

Email: bowie.cyep@cityu.edu.hk

CHAN Po Yi, Bowie

Bowie graduated from Bachelor of Management Sciences.

Project Officer :
LEE Chak Lam, Brian
R.S.W.

Email: chakllee2@cityu.edu.hk

LEE Chak Lam, Brian

R.S.W.

Brian joined the City-Youth Empowerment Project because of its rationale. As a social work graduate, he was deeply impressed and affected by the humanistic thoughts and values. CYEP provided a platform for him to promote social change and individual change with humanistic values. He is aiming at passing these ideas to more volunteers! The most rewarding thing about working in CYEP is the opportunities to work with volunteers. The partnership was so encouraging that changes appear not only on service recipient, but also volunteers and him! Besides work, Brian likes sports, music, reading, art and movies. He played rock music. He also loves art so much because of the feeling of expressing oneself, which is a kind of actualization! His avourite quote is mentioned by a basketball player, Kobe Bryant. “Everyting negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.” No matter in our life, service, being in the world, there were always difficulties and challenges. It is not important what the challenge is, it is important how we treat that as a chance to grow. To be a volunteer, or even university student, it is crucial for us to keep our curiosity. Curiosity is one of the basic drive of human. It leads us to explore the world. In service, there were always new findings and learning. How much you can get depends on how curious you are! So just keep yourself curious.

Project Officer :
YAU Wing Tung, Winnie
R.S.W.

Email: chakllee2@cityu.edu.hk

Research Assistant :
FUNG Ho Ying, Amanda

Email: amanda.cyep@cityu.edu.hk

FUNG Ho Ying, Amanda

Amanda's surname is Joke

Research Assistant :
Paul Vinod KHIATANI

Email: pkhiatani2@cityu.edu.hk

Paul Vinod KHIATANI

Paul Khiatani joined City-Youth Empowerment Project in 2013-2014, first as a volunteer and then as a full-time research assistant. Being an avid researcher and volunteer, Paul joined CYEP because of the ample opportunity to help those in need and make a difference through pragmatic and scholastic means. The most rewarding aspects of working with CYEP are the flexible working atmosphere and the full-of-youthful-energy colleagues. Outside of work, Paul enjoys indulging in his curiosities and examining puzzling world-events and issues; be it of the past, present, or future. Paul enjoys chatting with people (preferably over a cup of tea or a hearty meal), playing chess, traveling, doing sports, and practicing the traditional art of Okinawan Karate. Paul’s favorite motto comes from one of his childhood heroes, Dr. Ben Carson: “Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.” To the volunteers of CYEP, Paul wishes to impart the following advice: “Enjoy the journey. Do not rush forward with the end goal in mind, but take the time to enjoy the process and savor the moment.”