Friday, April 30, 2010

Community Leadership Conference @ RI

Organised by The Youth Club @ Boon Lay, the Community Leadership Conference was held on 24 April 2010 at Raffles Institution for Junior College and Secondary School student leaders.

YEC Chairman, Hock Rong was invited to share his experience at this Conference and give tips on organising successful community projects.

Hock Rong shared about the lessons he picked up from organising major school events as a student, to taking part in the NYAA programme, to participating in WITS and business plan competitions, and to setting up a LAN gaming co-operative business in school for his peers. He also shared how he continued to serve the School and Community while studying in Ngee Ann Polytechnic and serving National Service.

Hock Rong spoke about how he was roped into the Residents' Committee and mentored by senior Grassroots Leaders after volunteering for about six months at the weekly Meet-the-People Session. He also encouraged participants to take up the challenge to join the Grassroots Network, especially Youth Executive Committees where there are bountiful opportunities for everyone to network, learn and put their skills into practice.

As a parting shot, he emphasized the importance of teamwork and how each member in the team can make a difference. At the end of his talk, participants are more informed of the People's Association Grassroots Network and how they too, can make a difference in the lives of others.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Over 1,500 youths celebrate SYOG & PA50 @ Eunos

Sounds of basketballs entering the hoops and soccer balls entering the back of the net, along with much cheerful laughter were the alarm clocks for many residents on 10 April 2010. Bedok North Secondary School (BNSS) Service Learning Club (SLC) along with Eunos Community Club (CC) Youth Executive Committee (YEC) co-organized not one, not two, but three major events together that day for all residents to gather and enjoy!

BNSS SLC and Eunos YEC organized Sportacular and YouthOut! 2010. Sportacular was held in the morning in support of Singapore's hosting of the first-ever Youth Olympic Games, while YouthOUT! 2010 happened in the evening in celebration of People's Association 50th birthday. Sportacular is a 2-in-1 Sports event consisting of a sports league and a carnival. Youthout! 2010, held in its 5th consecutive year, is an outdoor dance party where residents let their hair down and dance into the night!

In the early morning on the 10th, participants of the sports leagues were already fighting their hearts out to obtain the top prizes in the under 18 and under 25 soccer and basketball leagues! Players came in all shapes and sizes, with our youngest players aged around 12! But nonetheless, all participants came ready to put forth their best foot and let their opponents taste their skills!

It was definitely a thrilling morning of sporting talents pitting themselves against one another. Fierce battles were brought out to the courts and no mercy was spared for everyone lying in the way even if they were friends off the court. Not long before the heated competitions began, dark clouds started to gather, as if wanting to cool down everyone and lower the tension. When the rain started to pour, the basketball league was relocated to Eunos Community Club where they continued their intense matches in the sheltered court. The soccer maestros were not so lucky as they needed to wait for the rain to stop. Luckily, the rain did not last very long and normalcy was reinstated quickly.

While the sports league involved many heated battles bringing sorrow and joy to many people, the carnival at the Eunos Petal Garden definitely brought joy and smiles to all the residence who were present! Stage performances like Taiji and Chinese dance were definitely interesting and attractive enough to wow the crowds! Also, the H20 walker, inflatable and game stalls also gave children and adults a fun time! Attractive prizes such as water bottles and towels were up for grabs at the many game stalls!

One other attractive aspect that residents looked forward to was the arrival of Lyo and Merly! The mascot for the very first Youth Olympic Games! Participants of Sportacular were delighted to see the arrival of the mascots of the first ever YOG! Photos were taken with Lyo and Merly as they walked around bringing joy to everyone!

Also, our Guest-of-Honour, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs & our Adviser Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, also unveiled a YOG Wall designed and painted by students from BNSS. The wall is located at Blk 616 Bedok Reservoir Road. The wall is designed in commemoration and celebration of the first-ever YOG.

As Mr Zainul went around the different booths, the respective sport leagues were already reaching their closure with the finals and 3rd/4th placing matches underway. Eventually, only one team was to emerge triumphant!

Following the closure of Sportacular, preparations were made for YouthOut! 2010. It was the 5th year that YouthOut! was organized and it promised to be a much larger event compared to years before!

The emcee for this dance party was none other than Jeff from Love 97.2 FM! Jeff dazzled the crowd with his charisma and charm. The crowd were all hyped up and ready to go as Jeff took the stage!

Free-flow of drinks and popcorn were available for all participants of YouthOut! as they admired the wonderful performances of the various groups participating in the hip-hop dance competition! As the performers took the stage, music started to play and the crowd was just mesmerized by the performance!

The cheers for the performances got louder by the seconds as each performance was even more heated and exciting in their own aspects! Spectators also casted their votes via SMS for their favorite teams!

After all the teams participating had performed, the dance flow was opened for everyone to let their hair down and dance to the latest hits! Participants were even more thrilled with the appearance of stilt-walkers as Sean Kingston’s hit song “Fire Burning”! Some even ventured onto the stage to dance with the participating teams! It was definitely a dance party that everyone enjoyed!

As the dance floor closed for the announcement of the winners for the hip-hop dance competition and lucky draws, anxiousness started to show on everyone’s face as they hoped that their favorite team would win! And the final winner was………..FRESH ELEMENT! Huge cheers could be heard as everyone shared their joy! Eventually, huge cheers of “encore” could be heard as Fresh Element performed their winning routine once again much to the joy of everyone!

After the lucky draw prizes were distributed, the dance floor reopened as everyone started dancing into the night……

Jordan Ng
Executive Member, 13th term Eunos CC YEC

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Youths reject gender quota at PAYM Policy Forum @ Aljunied GRC & Hougang SMC

"We shouldn't set gender quota because then we wouldn't know if women got into the position based on merit or quota," a youth participant shared, with nods from fellow participants.

The youth participant was speaking at the PAYM Policy Forum @ Aljunied GRC & Hougang SMC: "Women's Leadership Role in Today Society", held at the Giraffe Restaurant @ Istana Park on 3 April 2010.

The Guest-of-Honour is Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Finance & Transport, MP for Aljunied GRC & Adviser to Serangoon Grassroots Organisations.

Along with her are panelists: Ms Genecia Lou, South East Asia Woman of Excellence 2010, Ms United Nations Singapore 2010/2011 & Miss Singapore International 2006/2007; Ms Sophia Pang, the first Singaporean woman to reach the South Pole; Ms Merry Riana, Winner of Spirit of Enterprise and best-selling author.

The panelists shared their experience of the road to success as a woman, highlighting the strengths and disadvantages of being one. They inspired many of the participants who are mainly young working women who just stepped into society.

One of the highlights of the forum is the presentation by Ms Sophia Pang on the tedious trainings that she had to endure prior to her expedition and the obstacles she had to surpass during the process.

Invitation to Adviser Zainul's daughter's wedding

YEC members, along with other Eunos Grassroots Leaders, were invited to our Adviser Zainul Abidin Rasheed's daughter's wedding on 3 April 2010 at the Malay Heritage Centre.

Besides the yummy food (YUMMY!), we also witnessed the traditions and customs of a Malay wedding!

North East Region YECs foster friendship with Bowling

YEC members of the North East Region gathered for a friendly bowling match at the National Service Resort & Country Club on 28 March 2010. Teams were staffed with members from different YECs. After a little bit of ice-breaking, the teams began their new friendship by starting the ball rolling, literally.

Some lucky draw prizes were given out and Eunos CC YEC happens to be a big winner with three of our members winning the prizes. They received the lucky draw prizes from the event's Organising Chairperson Daphne Goh, who is also the newly elected Regional Coordinator for the North East Region YECs.

Congratulations to our YEC Chairman Sear Hock Rong who was elected the Deputy Regional Coordinator for the North East Region YECs at the bowling event.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hip-Hop Dance IG performs at HDB 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Housing Development Board celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a community carnival at the open field beside Eunos MRT station on 21 March 2010.

Our Eunos CC YEC Hip-Hop Dance Interest Group was proud to be able to perform at the event, which was graced by Senior Minister S. Jayakumar and Members of Parliament, including our Adviser Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed.

Besides stage performances, there were also exhibits on the changing faces of the HDB over the past 50 years.

Happy Birthday, HDB!