Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Eunos CC YEC 1 of 5 YECs to mentor PA YOUTHSLead participants

In line with its plan to discover and nurture new generations of grassroot leaders, People's Association has pushed out its flagship training programme, third year in its running. Designed to introduce outstanding individuals in their own fields to the rigours of being grassroots leaders, the PA YOUTHSLead programme bring together its extensive training vendors to equip participants with an appreciation of factors affecting the community and punctuate how these promising individuals can contribute to nurturing a better home they live in. Roping in partners like Outward Bound Singapore and the National Community Leadership Institute, the programme also aims to introduce participants to the resources at their disposal in pushing community initiatives.

Eunos CC YEC is proud to be selected as one of the five mentor YECs where a number of the participants would convene to perform their grassroot organization attachment. Our YEC believes in experiential learning, i.e. learning through doing. We aim to give participants a direct immersion into the activities and organizations governing the community. We will do this by encouraging participants to attend all meetings and activities upon their attachment. In addition, the YEC intends to liaise with the Citizens' Consulatative Committee, Comunity Club Management Committee, various Residents' Committees and allow participants to sit in ccommittee meetings to help them obtain a top-down understanding on how each community is run. Above all, our YEC would work closely with the participants and provide them with resources to propagate an initiative as part of the practical aspect of their training.

Our YEC hopes to learn from the participants and their unique experiences. We hope to demonstrate how the community is run from the Eunos perspective. More so, we actively look forward to promoting a unique initiative with the participants! Ultimately, the YEC hopes to introduce the participants to an experience of service in the community and hopefully welcome them into the big family of youths enacting action for the homes they live in.

Khoo Yi Feng
Training & Development Secretary, 13th term Eunos CC YEC

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

PAYM CYC Retreat @ Orchid Country Club

PAYM Central Youth Council Member and Eunos CC YEC Chairman, Mr Sear Hock Rong attended the PAYM CYC Retreat held at Orchid Country Club from 15-16 May 2010.

During the Retreat, CYC members mingled and brainstormed ideas for major projects. They discussed ways to attract more YOUths to major events such as Chingay and Asia’s largest street party, City Alive! YOUths can also look forward to an exciting 2011 with activities lined up to celebrate PAYM’s 40th Anniversary.

It was not all work on Day One. After dinner and rehearsal for a surprise item at the upcoming PAYM CYC Installation and Awards Ceremony, CYC members went for a karaoke session at Yishun SAFRA Club.

It was amazing they were able to stay up till very late and had to wake up early next morning for an aerobic work-out led by fitness instructors from California Fitness before practicing a flash mob dance with students of Nanyang Polytechnic. After all the exercise in the morning, CYC members spent the later half of the day with interesting energiser activities and group discussions.

It was a surprise when PAYM presented every CYC member with a photo momento and bought herbal drinks for everyone who stayed up late the previous night. CYC members went home tired but satisfied with the fruitful and memorable Retreat.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Aljunied GRC Zero Litter Month Launch (Eunos Division)

Over 500 residents joined Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed and Mdm Cynthia Phua at the Aljunied GRC Zero Litter Month Launch for Eunos Division held on 15 May 2010. Spearheaded by Eunos Community Club (CC) Youth Executive Committee (YEC), this year’s launch was part of the Aljunied GRC YECs’ plan to roll out a series of environmental activities for both the young and old.

This year’s theme for the Zero Litter Month was “A Cleaner and Safer Aljunied GRC”. To help promote this message, the Organising Committee engaged Mediacorp’s Auntie Lucy and Y.E.S 93.3FM DJ, Siau Jiahui to talk about how residents can do their part in keeping Aljunied GRC litter-free. Youths were also excited to hear lovely songs sung by Project Superstar Finalist, Ruth Chua.

While waiting to catch a glimpse of the celebrities, families turned up early to visit educational booths set up by Aljunied Town Council, NEA, HDB and Eunos CC YEC. More than 100 children participated in the colouring contest and games. Many went home happily with balloons, goodie bags and shopping vouchers. It was also a pleasant surprise for the many Mothers who received carnation flowers from the MP, Mr Zainul after his visit to Blk 608 to educate residents on the dangers of killer litter.

Eunos CC YEC Vice-Chairman, Mr Fong Yoong Kheong shared: “As youths, there are so much more we can do to spread the zero-littering message. The YEC hopes to recruit more young people into our Eco-Savvy Interest Group where they can brainstorm interesting ideas and do something for the environment.”

On what plans the YEC have for the Zero Litter Month, Eunos CC YEC Chairman, Mr Sear Hock Rong said: “We are working closely with Bedok North Secondary School (BNSS) and local Residents’ Committees to organise more outreach activities. The YEC will be going door-to-door with students from BNSS Service Learning Club to educate residents on zero-littering. There are also plans to partner RCs to organise a Fashion Show where participants will dress up in recyclables such as plastic bottles and shoe boxes.”

Catch youths in action on Saturday, 22 May 2010, as they take the lead in picking up litter in Eunos Zone ‘6’ RC precinct and visiting residents to spread the message of keeping their estates clean and safe!

See Lianhe Zaobao's article on the launch event below:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

No East No West @ Melaka, Malaysia

Eunos CC YEC Chairman, Hock Rong and Telok Blangah CC YEC Vice-Chairman, Alvin represented Singapore at the recent No East No West International Conference on Intercultural Dialogue: "Fostering Understanding and Building Bridges Across Cultures Among Young People of Asia and Europe" held in Melaka, Malaysia from 26th April to 30th April 2010.

This international conference saw youths from over 20 countries come together to discuss issues related to culture, religion, new media, education, leadership, business, and governance. Many participants were curious about Singapore's clean and efficient Civil Service. They also wanted to know how Singapore was able to become where it is now in less than 50 years of independence. During the 5-day conference, Hock Rong and Alvin shared the Singapore experience on promoting inter-racial and religious harmony. They also spoke at length on the People's Association Grassroots Network and how community activities helped promoted social cohesion and racial harmony.

Hock Rong and Alvin were honoured to meet several government, business and religious leaders. Among them were Malaysia's Minister of Human Resource, Hon Datuk Dr S Subramaniam, Chief Minister of Melaka, Rt Hon Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, HE Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia, Chairman of Malaysia Tourism Board, Datuk Dr Victor Wee and Datuk Yong Soo Heong, Editor In Chief of Bernama Malaysia.

As part of the Conference, they also toured Melaka, Malaysia's historical city. They went on the river cruise, visited several tourist attractions, religious institutions and tasted local food.

Hock Rong found new friends and developed a greater understanding of the history and cultures of different countries. Most importantly, he realised how fortunate Singaporeans are and how important racial and religious harmony are to maintaining a peaceful and prosperous country.

He particularly liked what the Chief Minister of Melaka shared at the Conference's welcome dinner, "A global event has a local impact. Similarly, a local event has a global impact. One good example is the recent volcano eruption in Iceland."

The Chief Minister of Melaka was refering to how a volcano eruption can stop some European delegates from travelling to Malaysia and how an international conference can help delegates go back and make a difference in the society they live in.

PAYM provides many opportunities for YEC members to participate in international conferences and youth exchange programmes. Be part of the action. Be part of the Youth Movement. As the PAYM tagline says, "It's all about YOUths!"