There has been a greater awareness of mentoring programme in Hong Kong and its development has become more diversified since the last decade. There are different types of mentorship programmes. The more common form is the mentoring programmes running by schools and tertiary institutions with alumni serving as mentors to inculcate students. Alumni help inspire the students with advice and assistance along their way of growth and development. In addition, there are many mentoring programmes organized by non-government organizations targeting young people from different backgrounds. However, the scale of these programmes is constrained by the availability of mentors.
In 2008, the Government established the Child Development Fund (CDF). Through personal development plan, mentorship programme and targeted saving, CDF projects aim at enhancing the ability of senior primary students and junior secondary students in managing resources and planning for their own future. The evaluation study indicated that good mentoring relationship promotes personal development, family relationships and asset development of participating children. Since its establishment, about 7,000 youths had benefited from CDF. To underpin the Fund, many adults participated as mentors. This has brought remarkable change to the mentoring landscape in Hong Kong.
The Youth Education, Employment and Training Task Force (the Task Force) under Commission on Poverty (CoP) explored means to promote social upward mobility. The Task Force noted the successful experience in overseas and CDF and considered launching a large scale societal engagement campaign could accelerate the development of mentoring in Hong Kong to a new level. It therefore set up a Working Group on Mentoring to organize the campaign. Noting that the CDF projects have effectively covered primary and junior-form secondary students and echoing the implementation of life planning education in the senior forms in secondary school by Education Bureau, the Working Group then set the target group as senior-form secondary students for the new campaign named “Life Buddies" launched in October 2015, helping young people to navigate their career and increase their social mobility with mentors' encouragement and guidance.