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 programme provides early intervention support to primary school going children, who have been identified to have higher needs. It aims to accomplish positive school outcomes and prevent at-risk behaviours in students by strengthening the students’ socio-emotional competencies, and building an overall school culture conducive for achieving social capital and social discipline.
The Scaffold Programme – Children-At-Risk-Empowerment Association & SHINE Children and Youth Services
The programme provides early intervention support to lower secondary school students, who are predisposed to latent risk factors of falling out of school. It aims to support youths to achieve positive school affiliation and improved psycho-social wellness through (1) developing their resilience and self-regulation selves and (2) supporting the students’ ecosystem (i.e. parents and teachers) for a sustained change.
Youth COP – SHINE Children and Youth Services
Youth COP develops students to become active contributors who serve, protect and care for the community. The programme seeks to positively impact the school-community-student relations to reduce the risk factors and increase growth-enhancing adaptations of the student.
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:
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
EQUAL Youth Programme is a developmental youth programme which aims to provide social support to at-risk children and youth to build Habits of Mind and develop resilience through equine-facilitated psychotherapy.
Collective Impact @ Spooner and Bukit Merah – SHINE Children and Youth Services
Initiatives that applied Collective Impact principles to improve the social mobility of children and youth residing in rental flats in Spooner Road and Bukit Merah. This is done through casework and counselling, community engagement and developmental programmes in partnerships with stakeholders like social service agencies, schools, Grassroots and Social Service Offices.
Youth United Programme – Beyond Social Services
Youth United Programme operates at five localities – Bukit Ho Swee, Henderson/ Redhill, Lengkok Bahru, Whampoa and Ang Mo Kio. The programme reaches out to youth residing in low-income neighbourhoods to help fend off delinquency and other potentially harmful behaviours.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vocation or Skill-based
Vocational and Soft Skills Programmes – YMCA Singapore
VaSSP equips out-of-school youths and youths-at-risk with job competency as well as specific vocational skills. The programme aims to develop positive work attitude, responsibility and job readiness in youths.
Building Eco-System (BES) – Trybe Limited
BES is an outreach and intervention programme that provides career guidance and coaching for youth aged 16-25 who are currently not in education, long-term employment or training.
Learning Support Programmes – Care Corner Educational Therapy Service, Epworth Literacy, SHINE Children and Youth Services
The LSPs provide specialised learning support services for children with developmental delay and/ or disadvantaged by their social circumstances. The programme enables children to progress from their current abilities and minimise achievement gaps between them and their peers. The programme is delivered through tailored approaches, complementing school support and parents engagement, for children to build learning and social skills to maximise their academic potential.
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.
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Melrose Care Counselling and Psychotherapy Services - Children’s Aid Society
Melrose Care provides cognitive-based therapy, art therapy, play therapy, psychological assessment and treatment for children, youths and families-in-need in the community.
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.
FRENZ Mentoring Programme – Persatuan Persuratan Pemuda Pemudi Melayu (4PM)
The programme provides early intervention support to at-risk ITE students, who are predisposed to failing out of schools. It aims to encourage youths to accomplish positive school outcomes, expose youths to positive role models (through their mentors), and develop socio-emotional competencies and resilience in youths.
Experiential Learning and Mentoring Programme (ELMP) – Youth Guidance Outreach Services Ang Mo Kio and Woodlands
ELMP reaches out to youths-at-risk aged between 10 to 19 by providing youths with a safe and accessible centre to receive positive after-school engagement based on the framework of Positive Psychology through befriending, experiential learning, and mentoring.
MightyKids, Families and Community (MightyKFC) – Life Community Services Society
MightyKFC is a developmental mentoring programme that nurtures at-risk children and youth between 4 to 16 in the Telok Blangah region through providing core services such as centre based activities, life skills workshops, interest-based activities, mentoring, parent-child bonding sessions and case management services.
The GRIT Academy (TGA) – Lakeside Family Services
TGA provides individual mentoring support for youths-at-risk aged between 11 to 17 years old residing or studying in schools in Jurong West; and serve as the primary relationship holder to follow through with the youths as they transit to other youth programmes.
Cyber Wellness programmes promote cyber wellness values, healthy gaming and online safety.
Help123 - Fei Yue Community Services & TOUCH Youth Services
Help123 is a cyber wellness and digital parenting platform by TOUCH Community Services, supported by Singtel. It features content developed by experts from TOUCH Cyber Wellness, TOUCH Youth Intervention and TOUCH Parenting which are services under the TOUCH Integrated Family Group. Youths, family members and educators can interact with trained counsellors through hotline or email regarding cyber concerns, and be connected with appropriate support services.
ec2.sg- Fei Yue Community Services
ec2.sg is a community mental health programme for youths aged between 12 to 25 years old. eC2 aims to promote mental resilience by empowering youths to take charge of their mental health by connecting them to available resources and instilling courage in them to seek help and engage with the community. ec2.sg also provides Quick Chat, a one-to-one mental health screening via online chat for youths aged 12 to 25 to talk about their mental health or emotional concerns.
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.
Services and programmes that help to maintain family ties between parent and child during the period of imprisonment.
Family Strengthening Programme - New Life Stories
The programme supports incarcerated mothers and fathers, and their children (aged 3-9 at enrolment) and families, to break the cycle of incarceration through upstream early intervention and preventive measures. It focuses on early childhood learning within the children’s homes through reading, parenting engagements and rehabilitation over shared parent-and-child activities conducted in-care, and support for the family through case management.
Friends of Children & Youth - Life Community Services Society
The programme supports children (aged 6-16) of incarcerated parents to develop resilience to cope with parental incarceration. The programme also aims to support the caregivers of the children, to strengthen their relationships with the children, and help the caregivers cope with the impact of their loved one’s incarceration. The programme aims to achieve these goals through casework management, befriending/mentoring for the children, group activities, academic support, caregiver support sessions and family bonding activities.
Kids in Play - Salvation Army
The programme serves children aged 5-18 with incarcerated parent(s). The programme aims to support children to cope with their parent’s incarceration, for children and their incarcerated parent(s) to have a positive parent-child relationship, and for caregivers to be able to cope with the impact of incarceration. Families are supported through family work with a focus on improving family relationships, through case management and family bonding programme in prison. Children and caregivers are supported through group work focused on empowerment and resilience through positive values in community with others.
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