“We can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world”

Youths care deeply about societal issues and the future of our country. Many of these issues have some form of impact both on ourselves and the people around us.

This is what the SG Youth Action Plan is about. For our voices to be heard and opportunities for us to be empowered and be the change by taking action on the issues that matter.

So, what’s your issue?

We will explore more issues in the months to come

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“PERSONALY I WON’T BE CONVINCED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE UNTIL I SEE EVIDENCE”

The Vision

We’re feeling the heat. Climate change is real and it needs urgent addressing. We want a clean and eco- friendly city to live in – for us and generations to come.

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WE CARE ‘COS IT’S HURTING OUR FUTURE

7.23 million tonnes

of waste was generated in 2019 alone, of which 4.25million tonnes was recycled

(Source: NEA Waste Statistics and Overall Recycling)

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Over 2 in 5 youths

find ‘Global Warming/ Environmental Issues’ to be an important social issue, ranked as the third most important social issue among youth

(Source: National Youth Survey 2019)

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Over 1 in 2 youths

have participated in environmental conservation efforts, such as recycling, in the past year. This has doubled from 1 in 4 youths in 2016.

(Source: National Youth Survey 2016 and 2019)

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Something needs to be done, but what will you do? Get on board to start thinking about and big creating a greener future.

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THE TEMPERATURE IS RISING, AND SO ARE WE

Small changes lead to powerful effects, that’s all it takes. We can start by...

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REDUCING WASTE AT HOME, WORK AND SCHOOL

If we continue to create unnecessary waste as we wish, our Semakau landfill will run out of space in a blink of an eye. That will become a reality as soon as 2035!

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SPREADING THE WORD

Education and self-awareness is key. Spreading the word and generating awareness for the issue at hand will ensure that our collective action at both individual and industry level can create a significant national impact.

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AIMING TO BE THE BEST IN PRACTICING SUSTAINABILITY

Let’s dream big and aim high. Let’s have Singapore lead the green scene in sustainability practices through community action and business partnerships.

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"SO YOU’RE SAYING I HAVE TO GET EXPERIENCE BEFORE I GET EXPERIENCE?"

The Vision

We’re entering uncertain times. The days might get hazy, but let’s try to be confident and hopeful. This is the time to take our future into our own hands and take charge of our own careers.

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WE CARE BECAUSE
IT MATTERS

93% of youths

view having a successful career as an important life goal

(Source: National Youth Survey 2019)

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52% of youths

feel that they have the knowledge and skills required in the future economy

(Source: National Youth Survey 2019)

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Most youths

feel that their job prospects will be affected by Covid-19. During this period, youths at the age of transition into the workforce (i.e. 20 – 24 years old) were more likely to report challenges in securing a job or internship, reflecting employment as a key concern for fresh graduates or graduating youths

(Source: NYC Economic Situation Poll and NYC Sentiment Tracker 2020)

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With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, jobs in Singapore and the future of work are as uncertain as it has ever been. The down-turning economy and lack of job prospects are affecting the people around us and ourselves.

Although times are tough, we can overcome the challenges that life may bring. With hard work, perseverance, and a bit of luck – we can take charge of our careers and what’s to come.

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TIMES ARE CHANGING, AND SO SHOULD WE

Here’s how we can start taking charge of our future...

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LOOK OUT FOR RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

The economic downturn may have an impact on our job expectations and career opportunities, but there are various resources out there that can help provide support in getting you a job. If you are willing to put in the work to do your research, the battle is half won.

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EDUCATION AND MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

While we’re headed for an uncertain future in the job market, having knowledge about financial planning is important to start off on the right foot. Speaking to someone with similar experiences would also help a great deal in guiding us to make the right career decisions. We aren’t alone in this!

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USING OUR KNOWLEDGE IN TECH FOR GOOD

As technology advances, so will economic innovation and productivity. In these growing and changing times, we will need to help those who are less tech-savvy in order for them to prosper and thrive in the current economy.

WE’RE RISING UP. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE UP TO

Seedly SG An ultimate financial well- being guide for youths

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LIT by Young NTUC An initiative that helps provide job-related resources and mentorship for youths

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Talent Tribe A go-to platform for jobseekers to research on companies and careers, and apply for jobs and internships

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See what others have to say about jobs and the future of work!

Join in the conversation

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Advisory – A Youth Action Challenge project that provides career guidance for youths to make better informed choices

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ASEAN Business Youth Association – A Youth Action Challenge project that supports youths in exposing them to opportunities in the region

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Spark the Next Job – A Youth Action Challenge project to support the upskilling of PMETs

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Mentoring Circle by MClub – A career mentoring programme that aims to nurture a community of people builders in our community

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Why I give my Parents My Salary Willingly Even Though it Means Less For myself

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Hidden Renovation Costs you Might Miss Out when Planning Your Dream Home
(COMING SOON)

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Hidden Wedding Costs that You Could’ve Saved when Planning for Your Dream Day
(COMING SOON)

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Game of Life (Part 1)
Every Fresh Grad in Singapore

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Game of Life (Part 2)
When You Don’t Know How to Adult
(COMING SOON)

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Game of Life (Part 3)
(COMING SOON)

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MoneySense – A national financial education programme to help Singaporeans learn to manage their money well

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“Career Start Pack” by Workforce Singapore – A programme to prepare graduating students and fresh graduates for the workplace

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SGUnited Jobs Portal – finding a job to tide over the COVID-19 period

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SGUunited Traineeships Programme - Opportunities for graduates or soon-to-be graduates to be equipped with relevant industry experiences

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Resources to prepare graduating students and fresh graduates for the workplace?

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Skillsfuture – A national movement to support Singaporeans in developing their fullest potential, regardless of which stage they are at in life

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Startup SG – A platform to support startup companies in Singapore and connect them to opportunities, focusing on the technology field

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“IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD... JUST TELL YOURSELF TO STOP BEING SAD”

The Vision

Gone are the days where talks of mental health are a taboo. We want an inclusive and caring society where no one has to struggle with mental health alone.

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WE CARE BECAUSE
IT MATTERS

1 in 7 people

aged 18 years and above in Singapore has experienced a mood, anxiety or alcohol use disorder in their lifetime. Youths aged between 18 and 34 have a higher prevalence of mental health disorders, compared older age groups

(Source: Singapore Mental Health Study 2016)

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6 in 10 people

have a misconception that mental health conditions are caused by a lack of self-discipline and willpower

(Source: NCSS Study on Attitudes towards Persons with Mental Health Conditions 2017)

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More than 1 in 2 people

are unwilling to live with or work with someone with mental health conditions

(Source: NCSS Study on Attitudes towards Persons with Mental Health Conditions 2017)

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Mental health stigma is prevalent amongst the general Singaporean population. But change begins with us. Let’s put the positive word out and do more for mental health in Singapore – for others and for ourselves.

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It’s okay not to be okay. We are changing the way we view mental health and are helping others see it too. We can start by...

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ERADICATING
THE STIGMA

The social and self-stigma of having a mental health condition has led many to suffer silently. We should be able to seek help whenever we need it, and not feel ashamed when we do so.

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BEING A GOOD SUPPORT SYSTEM

Our friends may feel safer turning to us for support over their parents, teachers, or their workplace supervisors. It is important for us to know how to respond.

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MAKING MENTAL WELLNESS A NORMAL PART OF OUR HEALTH

We spend most of our time in schools and workplaces. Let’s make them a place and source of support rather than a stress-filled environment.

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WE’RE RISING UP. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE UP TO

“Singaporeans Try Therapy” by The Smart Local

A video to raise awareness on Mental Health issues

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Music by 3AM Collective

A collection of songs to start conversations about Mental Health

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Singapore Mental Health Film Festival

Raising awareness about mental illnesses through film

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See what youths are saying about Mental Health!

Join in the conversation

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“IT’S NOT UP TO ME TO TAKE CARE OF THEM, SOMEONE ELSE CAN DO IT!”

The Vision

No matter who you are, or where you come from, All of us should be able to fulfill our dreams and be the best version of ourselves. And that means no one gets left behind.

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WE CARE BECAUSE
IT MATTERS

Helping the less fortunate is a top 10 life goal for youths,

with close to 9 in 10 considering it to be an important life goal.

(Source: National Youth Survey 2019)

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2 in 5 youths

have volunteered their time in the past year

(Source: Individual Giving Survey 2018)

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Contrary to what others may believe, we care about making a difference. Just look around you and you’ll see many of us actively showing care and empathy despite these trying times!

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TIMES ARE CHANGING, AND SO SHOULD WE

We can do our part to ensure that nobody is left behind by...

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CONNECTING YOUTHS TO MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS

Mentorship is a powerful way to help achieve our fullest potential. It can help with our self-esteem, confidence and resilience – just what we need to navigate through life.

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SUPPORTING LOW-INCOME SINGAPOREANS WITH OPPORTUNITIES

We can enable low-income families to progress and build a better life by enhancing existing social support and resource networks.

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BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY FOR THE DISABLED

To improve the lives of those with disabilities, we can start by generating greater awareness to support their needs and supporting businesses that promote inclusiveness.

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WE’RE RISING UP. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE UP TO

Access Singapore Providing career exposure opportunities for normal -stream students

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Project Stable Staples A local initiative spearheaded by youths to tide large families through COVID-19

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See what others have to say when it comes to support for the vulnerable groups!

Join in the conversation

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Ambisense – A Youth Action Challenge project that designed a smart watch for the Deaf

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Project Juvenile Crime – A Youth Action Challenge project that includes a mentorship, befriender and kayaking programme that engages youths-at-risk in sports activities and character building

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Project SITEY – A Youth Action Challenge project that has helped develop a work-study programme and quicker assistance for low-income students

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Youth Corps Singapore – provides volunteering opportunities for youths through ad-hoc, regular and project-based service projects

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SG Cares – a national movement to foster a more caring and inclusive society, helping those in need

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KidSTART by Early Childhood Development Agency – a programme for children from low-income families to enable them to have a good start in life

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UPLIFT by Ministry of Education – an initiative to strengthen after-school support and build up mental and emotional resilience for disadvantaged students

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ComCare by Ministry of Social and Family Development – provides assistance for families going through financial difficulties

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M3 Youth Mentoring Office – to support Malay/Muslim youths by connecting them with mentors and role-models in the community

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“Look Beyond My Disability, See The True Me” by National Council of Social Services - a public education campaign that encourages the public to see persons with disabilities for who they are instead of the disability they have

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Project Stable Staples – An initiative aiming to tide families in rental communities through COVID-related income loss

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An SG Fresh Produce logo found on packagings to help consumers identify local produce

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Brave The New – Support resources to help those who are feeling stressed or anxious during these COVID-19 times

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Have an Idea?

Take things a step further and join other like-minded youths on a journey to further develop your ideas through brainstorming, mentorship, and pitching sessions through the Youth Action Challenge (YAC)! Here is where you can get feedback from industry experts and receive full funding to bring your ideas to life.

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  1. 1The Vision
  2. 2WE CARE BECAUSE IT MATTERS
  3. 3The Change We Want To See
  4. 4THIS IS WHAT WE’RE UP TO
  5. 5HAVE AN IDEA? LET’S GET STARTED
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