Volunteer Youth Corps to run starting June
The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, MCCY and the National Youth Council will be piloting the first intake of Youth Corp Volunteers in June.
Acting Minister for MCCY, Lawrence Wong, says the youth corps will match youth volunteers with critical community needs and help them build the capacity to make sustained and meaningful contributions to society.
"This spirit of giving was certainly in our Pioneer Generation - they were prepared to serve, make sacrifices for one another, and for the nation. This same spirit of giving must continue in future generations."
Speaking during the committee of supply debate, Mr Wong says the youth volunteers will undergo a one-year programme with a structured residential training programme that equips youths with knowledge and skills in leadership project management and service learning.
The volunteers, aged between 15 and 35, will also work on an overseas community project in one of the regional countries and a community project in Singapore.
The first batch of volunteers will be nominated by youth sector organisations and institute of higher learning.
"There is a rigorous selection process, but we are not looking at academic qualifications. We are looking for youths with strong leadership qualities, commitment to serve the community, and a desire to learn."
He says that while volunteer involvement among Singaporeans aged 15 to 19 is high, this declines sharply in their mid-20s.
Participation comes up back in their 30s, but it is still not as high as before.
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