Monday, December 17, 2012

Eunos Youths celebrates post-Exams with YouthOUT! 2012

YouthOUT! is an annual event for youths by youths to party and immerse themselves in hip-hop and music. It is also the largest outdoor youth party in Eunos Division.

Held on 17 November 2012 at Eunos Petal Garden, YouthOUT! is already in its 6th year running.

Volunteers rara just before start of event



Hip-Hop Dance Competition







Performance by Toh Yi Fan (Tzire)




Dance Floor remained open after event

Interested in Hip-Hop? Let us know by emailing to eunosyec@gmail.com!

Eunos Youths Dined in the Dark

To raise awareness about the challenges that persons with vision impairment face in their daily activities, Eunos CC Youth Club partnered the Singapore Association for Visually Handicapped (SAVH) in organising the Dining in the Dark session for Eunos youths on 21 October 2012.

This event was held in conjunction with the YOUthsCare @ PAYM initiative.

Participants anxious for the session

Eunos CC Public Relations Secretary Ng Chee Jian greeting participants

Briefing by SAVH


Look at our plates after Dining in the Dark!



Youth for the Youth, Youth for the Community!

Eunos CC YEC members

Join Eunos Youths in making a difference to our community. Email us via eunosyec@gmail.com to join us!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

PAYM Love Red Essay Contest Winning Entry


“Loving Eunos, loving Singapore”

Living in this 21st Century world, most Singaporeans share similar lifestyle to one another. Some live life with interesting routine by having events and activities move them, while others live life meaningfully by taking their time be a part of some activities or events. As for my neighbourhood, I guess, we are living life based on the former description.

My neighbours and I hardly interact with one another. It seems like both of us are enclosed in our comfort zone most of the time. Other than greetings, there is nothing else I can vividly remember saying to my neighbours. Therefore, my aspiration would be to have a stronger bonding and an open minded community; breaking down the awkward walls between neighbours and valuing the culture diversity in our nation. It is non-deniable that my community club has provided a wide range of activities to bridge a better relationship among members of various racial and religious groups. However, there is always a limit as to what activities alone can achieve.

So what can we do next? What can I contribute to help?

There are many ways in which I can help to achieve my goal for my community.  

I can start off by contributing to my neighbors in my community. Contributing, to me, is a way of giving. Giving can be in the form of money, time or any things that is beneficial to anyone in this society.

In my vicinity that I live in, my neighbors come from all walks of life. Some have children that are wealthy and continuously provides for them to ensure that their three meals are well fed. While on the other hand, there are families that barely can make ends meet. Thus, with the growing affluence of many individuals, my parents have always encouraged me to provide what we can to the less privileged and it should not be neglected. This can be done through means of distributing the unwanted, albeit useful, household items to benefit the less privileged. The donated items can have a wide range of variety such as: unwanted clothes or outdated electronic devices. These used items can be given a new lease of life, and to better the life of someone else!

Besides contributing these used items, I can set up portals to find out what my neighborhood really needs and lacks. In this portal, citizen in my neighborhood can post their wish list online with their address so that the donors that have and wish to contribute the item can send it to their house. 

Through this platform, it also helps to strengthen and instill some of the Singapore core values such as to have community support as well as racial and religious harmony. With this, the less fortunate individual will have the support and help of the community to grow further. Hence, achieving my aspiration set for my community.

In my opinion, to be able to give is a blessing. As our country continues to progress, we should never neglect those around us. Infact, we should pull them along with us, progressing as a nation and not as an individual.

The simplest form of contribution can start from you today. So what are you waiting for?

“Be the change you want to see in the world”
-Mahatma Gandhi

Written by Lim Shi Qi, Winner of the PAYM Love Red Essay Contest.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fong Yoong Kheong on 938live's "A Slice of Life Hour"

Our Eunos CC YEC Vice-Chairman Fong Yoong Kheong was invited to 938Live to share on volunteerism at the "A Slice of Life Hour" programme on 15 June 2012.


YEC Vice-Chairman Fong Yoong Kheong with fellow PAYM youth leader Iswandie Wanhar



Catch the podcast via http://entertainment.xin.msn.com/en/radio/podcast/a-slice-of-life-hour

Monday, July 2, 2012

Eunos Youth Club welcomes new batch of BNSS SLC members

It was a Saturday, a weekend where most youths would spend time relaxing, going out with friends and having fun. A group of students from Bedok North Secondary School chose instead to participate in a discussion on what they wanted to do for the community.


You might be surprised but it is proven that one feels good when one helps other people.

But I am not trying to say they are helping just because they can feel good, the feeling good part is just a bonus. They are all doing this from their heart; they feel that this is the right thing to do. Don’t despair when you see youngsters nowadays just smoke, club and drink and get wasted. There is always a group that is opposite of that. So why aren’t we advocating more of the good? Maybe it is due to the nature of our society, bad news appeals to us more as they appears more interesting, they surprises you as they can happen to people you least expect, in almost impossible situations. As shared by a friend: Hypocrites are always too eager to spread the bad news, this is how a nation sinks; if you actually give a crap about the world, advocate the good.
It is heart warming to see volunteers of such a young age coming forward to contribute to the community, in doing this, we hope they will help spread the positivity and encourage more people to do so!

At the end of the discussion, they will be organizing a CCA day where students from neighborhood primary school can get to improve and experience different type of CCA from which they will find what they like to do and lead a healthy lifestyle. We wish them the best of luck. =)


Ice-Breaker activities


YEC Chairman Kam Chee Lee briefing SLC members on PAYM and Eunos CC YEC


YEC members mentoring SLC members in planning a service learning project



SLC members sharing their ideas

 
By Ng Yong Quan, Adventure Secretary, Eunos CC YEC

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fong Yoong Kheong on Channel 8's "Good Morning Singapore"

2 days after receiving the PAYM Individual Youth Award (Meritorious) at the PAYM Awards & Central Youth Council Installation Ceremony 2012, our Eunos Community Club Youth Executive Committee (YEC) Vice-Chairman Fong Yoong Kheong was invited to share on his experience as a young grassroots leader on Channel 8's "Good Morning Singapore" (早安您好) on 29 May 2012.


Join us as a youth volunteer and effect change within your neighbourhood! Email eunosyec@gmail.com to find out more!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Eunos Youth Club bags 2 awards at PAYM Awards 2012

Eunos Community Club Youth Club received the PAYM Youth Club Award (Meritorious) at the PAYM Awards & Central Youth Council Installation Ceremony 2012, held at Orchard Hotel on 27 May 2012.

This is the second consecutive time that the Youth Club is receiving this award that recognised Youth Clubs or which had initiated outstanding youth projects or activities which had made a meaningful and extraordinary impact in the youth arena and community. (Click here for PAYM Awards & CYC Installation Ceremony 2010 where Eunos Youth Club received the award for the first time)

Eunos CC Youth Executive Committee Chairman Kam Chee Lee with write-up of Eunos Youth Club

On top of that, Vice-Chairman of Eunos CC YEC Fong Yoong Kheong was also one of eight youths who received the PAYM Individual Youth Award (Meritorious) which recognised youths who had went beyond their volunteering work and made outstanding contribution to the community and PAYM. 

YEC Vice-Chairman Fong Yoong Kheong having a conversation with DPM Teo Chee Hean

Yoong Kheong receiving the PAYM Individual Youth Award (Meritorious) from PAYM Adviser Desmond Lee

YEC members receiving the PAYM Youth Club Award (Meritorious)

Team Eunos with DPM Teo Chee Hean


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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Spending a Meaningful evening with my SP Juniors


I had the privilege to work with my juniors from Singapore Polytechnic (SP) on 15 May 2012. Eunos CC Youth Club is a partner as part of the Social Innovation Programme (SIP), a multi-disciplinary module for all year 2 students. Eunos CC Youth Club bridged the students with Eunos Zone '6' Residents' Committee (RC) to conduct a needs survey to investigate why there is low youth participation at the community level.

Having graduated from SP, it was really admirable to see students coming forward to contribute to society. Be it a compulsory project set by their school or they are doing it willingly, it’s really nice to see them being selfless, being able to improve the lives of others, improving family ties by putting in the effort to organize programs for the residents.



Debrief Session with RC Chairman Seow Tian Guan


What really surprised me were the disciplines that the students are came from, for example, digital gaming which has no relationship to this program. And guess what, they are doing this interview beyond school hours! Furthermore they had travelled all the way down to Bedok Reservoir road and they are residing a distance away. They even had lessons the next day at 8am. By the way, we ended the interview that night at 10.30pm at Bedok Reservoir.

Most of the feedback they received from the young residents point to lack of time or commitment. This world has become more realistic as everybody is trying to improve oneself, trying to outdo one another, trying to survive in this world where the strongest benefit the most. While this is not wrong, it should not eat into too much of your life. The time available has decreased as the time left is shared between families, friends and also your own personal time. And with technology fast changing our way of life, the need to talk has decreased as well as people can easily talk to each other on the internet without the need for face to face talk.

We all know that family bonding and building community spirit are very important, but what we lack is the little more bit of effort from all of us to build that bond and the little reminders to constantly remind us to do something about it and not to take them for granted.

By Ng Yong Quan, Adventure Secretary, Eunos CC YEC

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Project Y.E.A. - Youths of Eunos in Action

Do Youths Care?

In the last two weekends of October, youths across the island embark on a variety of community service projects. In celebration of its 40th birthday, youths were encouraged to give back to the community in an island-wide coordinated effort (entitled YOUths Care @ PAYM) for youths to serve the community.

On 29 Oct 2011, Eunos Youth Club hosted a entertainment-filled dinner for the elderly of Kreta-Ayer and the needy residents living locally. Subtitled, "inspiring a movement of youth volunteerism", the project aimed to contribute to the community via altruistic inputs by different shareholders.


Preparations started early. While a group of youth volunteers went to Kreta Ayer to assist the elderly in boarding the buses, another group of youth volunteers moved to set up the venue for the event.

In its continual efforts to engage youths and maximize youth outreach, the Eunos Youth Club managed to obtain 19 first-time volunteers via the help of SGcares. Not forgetting its aim to use this event as a springboard to inspire "a movement of youth volunteerism", a few of the Eunos Youth Club Youth Executive Committee members did a brief sharing of community experiences and leadership.

(Pre-event, Jordan, Asst. Gen. Sec. of Eunos CC YEC, help to brief the volunteers and allay fears.)

(Chairman Hock Rong, shared his experiences of volunteering in the grassroots with the first-time volunteers.)

And soon, the elderly from Kreta Ayer arrived!

(A jubilant elderly posing triumphantly!)

(A new volunteer goes to "work".)

(Volunteers helping the elderly.)

(Soon the Eunos CC Hall is filled with needy local residents and the elderly from Kreta Ayer.)

(The multi-talented emcees kick off the show!)

(With their command of the dialects, English and Chinese, they engage the diverse crowd fluently. It was a night of laughter as the duo continuously injected life and spirit into the dining affair.)

(As the night grows, the emcees entertained the crowd with innovative games and activities.)

(It was my privilege to address the crowd and offer my gratitude to the various volunteer groups and organisations that have made this event a possibility.)



(Food is served!)

(As the guests enjoyed their dinner, three talented volunteer guzheng players filled the hall with melodious and mesmerizing Zheng music.)



(The trio from Zheng Ensemble mesmerized the crowd with their technique and renditions of oldies.)




(Soon the fun-loving guitarists from Volunteer Guitar Connection claimed the night's loudest applause for their non-stop rendition of popular hits from the good old days and contemporary pop. The highlight of the night will certainly be a medley of hits from the past!)

(See! Even Uncle here, irresistibly started dancing.)

(However, all good things have to come to an end. But the experiences that the new volunteers have and happiness in this photo will stay.)



(Brought to you by the youths who care.)

The Eunos CC YEC wish to extend their utmost gratitude to:-
1. PAYM
4. Zheng Ensemble
5. SGcares

And a great thank you to all our dear local residents who came to support us. We hope you enjoy yourselves. See you at our next event.