Interest is considered not only as a powerful motivational process that stimulates attention and energizes learning, but also as a leverage that maps out the trajectories of life-career development in the interrelated domains of paid and unpaid work. Practitioners may engage youth by means of supporting the development of their pre-existing interest or cultivating their new interest through the provision of horizon-broadening and challenging activities. To make the power of interest more transformative, practitioners need to address not only the functionality of attitudes, skills and knowledge, but also the intentionality of values, identity and aspirations, as well as the sociality of youth situated in relational and societal contexts. Good practices supported by the mobilization of resources, opportunities and networks are drawn from the five district service teams for illustrating how interest is used and transformed for enhancing youth’s quest for meaningful engagement in their life-career journey.
Lecture Theatre 1 (YIA-LT1), Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong