LET’S TALK ABOUT COVID-19

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Our generation has never been through something like this - nothing quite like the scale of the global coronavirus pandemic. But with every crisis comes an opportunity. Through the Youth Action Plan, we have the power to take things into our own hands and do something about what’s to come.

It will be a whole new world out there when life resumes. And the ones who can adapt, will emerge stronger. In these unchartered territories, it’s time for our generation to chart our own path.

IN TIMES LIKE

THESE, YOU ARE

NOT ALONE

Source: National Youth Council, May 2020

46%

of us are anxious about the uncertain future

especially with the hard hitting impacts of the economy

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2 IN 5

of us are struggling to focus and be productive

as we adapt to working or schooling from home

65%

of us are longing for human connections with our loved ones

as we continue to connect through social media channels in the new norm

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PREPARING FOR A POST-COVID-19 WORLD

As we transition into the new normal, the issues that matter to us have become more pertinent than ever. This is how we foresee COVID-19 impacting the way we live life, for us and our society.

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ON A PERSONAL LEVEL

Fears of Unemployment and Future Employability

We need to be prepared to shift our career plans and expectations, as we adapt to a different job market due to the economic downturn.

New Ways of Working

While work continues to be remote for some businesses, it will see an adjusted reality of how we adapt to working from home and a review of how we measure productivity in the workforce.

Socialisation Fatigue

The prolonged period of social distancing could have a long lasting impact on our mental health - showing psychological effects that come with isolation, boredom, resistance to authority and family tensions.
FOR THE PEOPLE AROUND US

Loss of Normalcy

It is a vastly altered state of life that we are all trying to adapt to. Some of us may start to feel overwhelmed, teary, or even heavy-hearted during this pandemic - a sign that we are experiencing COVID-19 anxiety.

Coping with future uncertainty and fears

The number of calls to mental health hotlines have gone up with many having rising levels of stress due to isolation. As the impacts of the pandemic catch up to us, it is important to practice self-care and focus on what’s within our control.

Digitally Estranged Seniors

Many digitally estranged seniors have been struggling with the increase sense of isolation due to the social distancing measures, and these feelings of boredom and loneliness will leave a mark for time to come.
OUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE

The Gig Economy

Freelance workers who pivot fast or creatively offer solutions to help people in our post-COVID-19 reality may see new job opportunities they’ve never imagined.

Low-income Singaporeans

While low-income families may still be able to receive some financial assistance from the government, it may not be enough for those whose incomes are “almost zero” due to loss of jobs.

Widening Class Divide:

Asset-rich, cash-poor Singaporeans will be severely hit by the upcoming economic downturn. No matter if it’s the poor, or vulnerable, the problems of one will affect the entire society as a whole in one way or another.

CHARTING OUR OWN PATH

As we start adapting to the New Normal, what can we do to open up greater opportunities for us to take action? Be it for ourselves or for the people around us, here’s how we can start.

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SPARK THE NEXT BIG THING

For the rest of us who want to take matters into our own hands and start something new to help those in need.

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New!

A GATEWAY FOR IMMEDIATE SUPPORT

If you have an idea that can change lives during the pandemic, the Young ChangeMakers Grant (COVID-19 Edition) can help support you!

Depending on your project scale and impact, receive up to $3,000 or $5,000 or up to 80% seed funding to kickstart your project within just one week.”

Let’s get started.

More information here
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AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GUIDANCE AND MENTORSHIP

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 a reality.

Check out the top finalists for Season 1
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SGExams: Project Behind-the-Scenes

For this project, notes of encouragement were collected from the student community, and volunteers redistributed them together with care packs to about 200 cleaners working at bus interchange and MRT stations.

SGExams is a youth group and an affiliate of Youth Corps Singapore.

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#codeForCorona

A virtual Hackathon for youths aged 15 to 22 years old to create something that will help others during these trying times - all from the safety of their own homes. Participants will get to learn from success stories such as Tracetogether, and build tools that will help in the battle against COVID-19.

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