Children and youths, regardless of abilities, have opportunities to maximise their potential. Programmes and activities in developing personal, social skills, decision-making, motivational and life skills are available to help build self-confidence and achieve positive relationships and behaviours.
Programmes in the school setting to create opportunities for children and youths.
School-based Social Work
The Builders Project – Lutheran Community Care Services The Builders Project is a student-centric school based programme to work with schools to positively influence school culture through Restorative Practice. This is accomplished through a range of participatory learning programmes that will strengthen or repair relationships students have with their schools, families and the wider community.
The Scaffold Programme – Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association & Students Care Service An early intervention programme (funded by NCSS) to support lower secondary school students from the Normal streams in mainstream schools. The programme engages the social ecosystems of a student, such as families, teachers and communities, with support structures to improve their school outcomes, parent-child relationships and school-student attachment.
Enhanced STEP-UP A support programme for students who are at risk of dropping out of school, and out-of-school youths.
ESU aims to provide social work services to students with attendance issues so that they remain in school, as well as to out-of-school youths so that they can be meaningfully engaged to achieve one of the following outcomes:
To remain in school and improve attendance;
Enrolment into alternative academic learning institutions;
Engaged in gainful employment or enlisted for National Service
Halogen SPARK! – Halogen Foundation Singapore Youths from vulnerable families can develop their confidence and self-efficacy through this programme. It is based on an entrepreneurship curriculum developed by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Youths will acquire fundamental business skills and build entrepreneurial mind-sets through a series of workshops and experiential learning sessions with corporate volunteers.
Community programmes that create opportunities for children and youths to maximise their potential.
EQUAL Youth Programme – EQUAL-ARK Singapore Limited A programme that builds character in secondary school students and help them develop positive behaviour. This is done through a socio-emotional curriculum delivered over 16 sessions through equine-facilitated psychotherapy.
Youth COP – SHINE Children and Youth Services With Youth COP, social service agencies, schools and Neighbourhood Police Centres work together to help students at-risk to:
better understand laws and consequences of offences
build life skills and positive behaviours towards achieving their potential
improve their socio-emotional resilience and relationships with others
Youth United Programme – Beyond Social Services The programme reaches out to youths residing in rental housing neighbourhoods and engages them in community activities. Desired outcomes include youths developing a positive mind-set towards education and employment, and caregivers feeling supported and equipped to resolve problems and make positive decisions.
Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects – Singapore Children’s Society An independent and trained adult will accompany a young suspect under 16 years old to law enforcement interviews. The appropriate adult is a neutral party that provides emotional support to the young suspect and facilitates communication where necessary. Individuals aged above 21 years old, have a passion in supporting youths, and are interested to be an appropriate adult may register their interest at email@example.com.
Vocation or Skill-based
Vocational and Soft Skills Programme – YMCA Project Bridge YMCA Project Bridge reaches out to youths-at-risk and out-of-school youths (aged 15-21) to integrate them back into society through education or employment. The programme helps youths develop positive work attitudes, such as responsibility and skills for future employment through vocational and apprenticeship schemes.
Child Protection Specialist Centres (CPSCs) CPSCs provide support and assistance to cases involving child abuse, neglect and welfare concerns that no longer require statutory intervention. They provide community-based resources and assistance to families, while ensuring the safety of the child as they remain with their families.
For children and youths who are vulnerable or display at-risk behaviour. Befrienders and mentors are older and experienced to serve as role models, coaches, friends and facilitators. They help ease the transition to adolescence by supporting and challenging these young people to achieve and thrive as individuals and in their communities.
Commitment-Attitude-Performance Academy – Care Corner CROSSROADS Youth Centre A programme which builds character and resilience in youths aged between 13 to 23 years old through healthy engagement in sports, life skills training, experiential learning and mentoring.
Frenz mentoring – Malay Youth Literary Association (4PM) A mentoring programme for students from Institutes of Technical Education who require support in social relationships, academic achievement or motivation in school.
The programme helps to inculcate values such as lifelong learning, an entrepreneurial mind-sets and giving back to the community through a range of activities, such as interactive group work sessions, counselling and community service.
Experiential Learning & Mentoring Programme – Youth Guidance & Outreach Services Youths are encouraged to turn away from loitering and idle after-school hours. They provide an open door for youth who need support and a supportive community to help them succeed and achieve positive life outcomes at home and school through befriending, experiential learning workshops, and individual mentoring sessions.
Evergreen Bees Mentoring Programme – Care Corner Teck Ghee Youth Centre For Primary Four to Six students from disadvantaged families who may not be academically inclined or have little parental supervision during after-school hours. This programme aims to build up their motivation and academic foundation through tuition and supervised play-time with volunteer mentors.
MightyKids, Families & Community (MightyKFC) – Life Community Services Society MightyKFC runs an Activity Centre for children and youths aged six to 19 years old in the Telok Blangah Estate. These young people can drop by the centre, and be engaged in fun and healthy activities, as well as enrichment programmes. It seeks to empower the young and provide them with a loving and learning environment.
Help123 – Fei Yue Community Services & TOUCH Youth Services Help123 is the first one-stop platform in Singapore that brings together the People, Public and Private (3P) sectors to address youth cyber wellness issues. Youths, family members and educators can interact with trained counsellors through web chat, phone or email regarding cyber concerns, and be connected with appropriate support services.
eGEN Cyber-Counselling Service - Fei Yue Community Services eGEN is an online platform comprising weblog, forums and cyber counselling to reach out to youths aged 13 to 25 years old. They will learn to better manage their issues and gain knowledge of community resources to tap on.
TOUCH Cyber Wellness - TOUCH Community Services A cyber wellness and new media literacy programme for children, teenagers, parents and educators; it aims to inculcate respect, a balanced lifestyle and responsible use of digital technologies to help families grow together in the digital age.
MeToYou Cyber Care – Montfort Care A cyber wellness programme for youths aged 12 to 18 years old, to improve their lives of youths and of their families who are facing challenges associated with the internet.
Services and programmes that help to maintain family ties between parent and child during the period of imprisonment.
Early Reader & Love Without Walls – New Life Stories The Early Reader programme helps children aged three to seven years old develop positive skills and improve their literacy through reading activities in their homes. At the same time, the incarcerated mothers are engaged under the Love Without Walls programme to develop resilience and help them bond with their children through shared activities.
Friends of Children & Youth – Life Community Services Society Befriending services for children and youths aged seven to 19 years old who have parents who are incarcerated. A volunteer befriender functions as a role model. Group activities, guidance sessions and home visits are also conducted to improve positive behaviours and coping skills.
Kids in Play – Salvation Army A psycho-educational groupwork to help children and youths aged five to 18 years old cope with parental incarceration. They also help caregivers and incarcerated parents to enhance their parenting skills and relationship with their children.
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