RunOurCity Foundation Limited was established in 2013 as a locally registered charitable organization. It offers a “Youth.ROC” program which provides an eight-week professional and systematic course for young people. The program’s mission is to help young people building confidence, perseverance and enhance their physical strength. We encourage them to complete a 10km run during the program and trainings while building up their stamina, persistence and determination. These are our important elements as young people nowadays are facing increasing challenges in life.
Taking similar professional overseas experience as reference, the “Youth.ROC” training program is designed to be interesting, easy to grasp and simple to put into practice so that students can set their own target and develop a positive attitude to life, eager to take up challenges and improve their physique. In addition, students can make more friends and develop their leadership.
The eight-week program focuses on learning and enjoying the process. It is hoped that students can develop an interest in running in the city and make it a part of their life. The first two weeks of the program help them to develop an interest in running, and through running the streets and alleys into the community, they can deepen their understanding of the community. Games are incorporated to facilitate them to know each other, while basic stretching exercises are included to avoid injuries. The middle part of the program focuses on coordination and breathing rhythm as speed and endurance training intensify. The last four weeks of the program will lengthen the running distance and requires students to record their running experience.
RunOurCity has provided over 550 prrograms to schools and organizations. Over 12,000 youths have participated in the program, including youths that are underprivileged, at risk, in shelters, in substance rehab and ethnic minorities. Through long distance running training, the program aims to bring positive changes and all-rounded development into the lives of young people. Youth.ROC has obtained support from the Education Bureau of the SAR Government to expand the program to all secondary schools in Hong Kong, so that running can become a part of youth’s life. Therefore, we aim to raise funds for Youth.ROC and expand it to all secondary schools and more organizations in Hong Kong.