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Set in the heart of Orchard Road, The Red Box is a place for youths to congregate, exchange ideas and take action to make Singapore a better home for all.

What can youths look forward to at The Red Box?

  • Welcome Tea for new Members to find out more about Youth Corps
  • Talks, dialogues and other engagement sessions
  • Participate in hackathons or similar activities to conceptualise and execute social initiatives
  • Training workshops to equip you with useful knowledge and skills to serve the community
  • Join interest groups to further contribute in creating positive impact in the community
  • Support for youths keen to effect positive social change
  • Enriching and fun social events organised by your peers for you

Bookings

If you are interested to book The Red Box spaces, please contact youthcorps_booking@nyc.gov.sg with your event details.

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Community Service Events and Regular Programmes

Youths Corps provides one-day or short-term volunteering opportunities through Community Service Events for youths who are interested to try out volunteering as well as participate in workshops and training to explore the different sectors. Youths can also deepen their skills and knowledge of a beneficiary group at the Regular Programmes through a meaningful, longer-term journey.

 

Youth Corps Service Week

The Youth Corps Service Week is a signature event of Youth Corps Singapore. It is an island-wide community service that takes place every March. It aims to rally youth from all walks of life to participate in community service to contribute towards a more caring and cohesive society.

Each year, Youth Corps Service Week will kick off with lead-in workshops to raise awareness of volunteerism social issues and equip those who are interested to volunteer with the necessary skillsets. On the week itself, there would be a week-long slew of Community Service events, ranging from causes including Children, Environment, Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Seniors.

 

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The Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth and the National Youth Council have launched a Youth Corps Internship Scheme (YCIS) to provide students from Institutes of Higher Learning with internship opportunities from three to six months in the community and social sectors. The objective of the YCIS is to enable youth to continue their development through on-job-training and learning experiences in the community and social sectors, and contribute back to society in this national crisis.

Host Organisation
Organisations will be able to take in students as interns to meet organisational needs, look into buisness continuity plans and explore new ways to deliver services amidst this challenging period. Organisations will also be able to tap on additional funding to cover the internship monthly allowance.
Find out if you are eligible
Application Form

Youths
Youths will be able to gain valuable skills and exposure to working in the real world, develop empathy and understanding of the social and community sector. Youths will receive monthly internship alowance and given opportunity to complete and confer as Youth Corps Leaders upon completion of internship.
Find out if you are eligible
Application Form
 [Opens on 17 July 2020]

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[ NOTICE ]

Precautionary Measures in view of COVID-19

In view of the recent developments pertaining to COVID-19, the National Youth Council (NYC) is implementing a series of precautionary measures to safeguard the health and safety of all youth participants.
 
NYC is adhering closely to the travel advisories issued by Ministry of Health (MOH) and stand advised against travel to affected countries and regions. In view of this, NYC will not be accepting any applications nor approving grants for YEP/YEP+ related trips to China between January 2020 and 31 July 2020, and all YEP/YEP+ related trips between March 2020 and 31 July 2020.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and we seek your understanding in this matter.

Apply via MCCY Grants Portal (MGP) w.e.f. 1 April 2020
 
Interested applicants can apply for YEP/YEP+ grant for proiects taking place from 1 August 20201 via the MCCY Grants Portal (MGP) with effect from 1 April 2020. The online portal provides a more seamless grant application process for applicants. Applicants may access the MGP using their SingPass2. Please ensure that your SingPass account is ready before you submit your application.

1 Do note that all YEP/ YEP+ trips are subject to developments pertaining to COVID-19. NYC will continue to adhere to travel advisories and necessary precautions issued by MOH.
2 For YEP Programme Funding partners, please access the MGP using your organisation’s CorpPass.

Changes to YEP applications

With effect from 1 July 2020, only YEP Plus (YEP+) applications will be accepted in support of our plans to fully transit to YEP+ model by April 2021. With effect from 1 January 2021 (overseas project start date), YEP+ will only provide funding for projects in ASEAN Member States, China and India. 

For further queries, you may email us at grantmgmt_enquiries@nyc.gov.sg. Thank you.


Youth Expedition Project (YEP) is a Service-Learning programme by Youth Corps Singapore for youths, involving communities in the ASEAN member states, China and India. YEP aims to nurture confident and resilient youths who are active citizens with the desire to make a difference both at home and overseas.

YEP is also a grant which supports youths aged 15 to 35 from educational institutions and registered organisations to embark on Service-Learning projects within the programme.

There are four key phases for every YEP, i.e. Preparation, Overseas Project, Local Project and Closure:

  • Preparation for the YEP journey and to learn more about social issues in Singapore and the overseas host community;
  • Overseas Project with a duration of at least 10 service-learning days to be conducted in a country in Asia, with a primary focus on the ASEAN member states, China or India;
  • Local Project that meets a local community need to be conducted in Singapore within 3 months upon return; and
  • Closure to review outcomes as a team and submit Project Closure Documents within 1 month.

1. We are Recruiting!

Join us for our upcoming YEP+ to make a difference both at home and overseas! Click on the link to register your interest now: https://go.gov.sg/ycsyepinterest 

2. YEP Homecoming Grant [UPDATED] 

Youth Corps is inviting YEP participants and alumni to organise your own Homecoming digital gatherings to bond, celebrate and learn from one another.

The YEP Homecoming Grant is a special grant call to create opportunities for bonding and learning for YEP teams past and present. This grant is available for application until 31 December 2020 only! Submit your application 2 weeks before your Homecoming event and receive up to S$1,000! Check it out now!

  1. YEP Homecoming Grant Guidelines
  2. Online Application Form
  3. Online Closure Form
  4. Attendance List Template

How do I start a YEP?

  • The preparation phase may take 3 to 5 months to complete. Team Leaders should start the planning process early and apply no later than 2 months before the start date of your YEP Overseas Project to be considered for funding. Ensure you have the following required documents ready when you submit your application.
  • All YEPs have to be endorsed by an Endorsing Organisation (EO) which is a recognised education institution or not-for-profit organisation based and registered in Singapore. Explore opportunities to lead / participate in a YEP:
    • within your school / organisation; or
    • opportunities posted on the Youth Corps portal and Youth Corps fortnightly emailer

For details of the criteria and requirements, please refer to the Funding and Publicity Guidelines and FAQ.

  • To apply for the grant, submit “Required Documents for Application” through the MCCY Grants Portal. Templates for application documents can be found on the Portal and templates for closure documents can be found below.
    • With effect from 1 July 2020only YEP Plus (YEP+) applications will be accepted in support of our plans to fully transit to YEP+ model by April 2021.

For grant and portal related enquiries, you may email us at GrantMgmt_Enquiries@nyc.gov.sg

For YEP enquiries and assistance in project scoping, you may email us at YEP_Enquiries@nyc.gov.sg

Compulsory Training

  1. YCS-YEP Leaders Training Schedule_as of 12 Jun 2020
  2. Our Little Red Dot and Beyond Training Schedule FAQ as of 26 Mar 2020

Required Documents for Application

  1. YEP Proposal Emergency and Endorsement
  2. YEP Budget
  3. YEP Team Name List
  4. NYC Bank Details form
  5. YEP Leaders Training and First Aid Certificates if ready

Required Documents for Project Closure

  1. YEP Team Report and Declarations
  2. YEP Statement of Accounts and Expenditures (endorsed)
  3. All original receipts including YEP Leaders Training and First Aid course fee receipts.
  4. Updated YEP Team Name List (if there are changes to the participant list submitted previously)
  5. YEP Leaders Training and First Aid Certificates (if not submitted during application)
  6. YEP Online Feedback Forms [currently closed]:
    1. Overseas Host Partner(s)
    2. Local Host Partner(s)
    3. YEP Leader(s)
    4. YEP Members & Resource Person(s)
    5. YEP Grant Application (for applications through NYC grants management only)
    6. FAQ for Online Feedback Forms for YEP Leaders
  7. An email attachment of 10 photographs with caption / story to be sent to GrantMgmt_Enquiries@nyc.gov.sg

Additional Information / Resources 

  1. Eye on Asia by National Library Board  Information on ASEAN member states, China and India
  2. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Information on United Nations Development Programme and the 17 Global Goals
  3. YEP Journal with Scanned Cards
  4. YEP Leader Handbook
  5. YCS-YEP High Resolution Logo

If you are wondering what’s next after the completion of your YEP journey, how about leading the next YEP or take part in other programmes of Youth Corps Singapore?

For more information on events and programmes by Youth Corps Singapore, click on the respective links above. Alternatively, you may also follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or drop us an email at Youth_Corps_Enquiries@nyc.gov.sg. See you around!

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Youth Corps Leaders Programme

Project Track (9 – 12 months)

As a volunteer leader-in-training (also known as Aspirant) you will be empowered to conceptualize and implement a service-learning project to address real needs on the ground with a National Agency/Community Partner, while rallying other youths to join in your cause over a period of 9 – 12 months . There will also be trainings, mentorship and funding support through your journey.

The programme is designed for youths 17 to 25 years old to achieve the following:

  • Develop community leadership skills through trainings, mentoring and implementation of a service-learning project
  • Gain insight into national issues and challenges, and the individual’s role in shaping Singapore
  • Be empowered to lead, advocate and take action on community issues that they are passionate about
  • Learn to assess community needs and manage stakeholders
  • Lead self and build high performing teams

Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Project Track) commences every December. Application for the Programme will be opened in mid-July 2020.

Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion)

Immersion Track (Full-time, 10 weeks)

Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion) is a full-time 10-week youth leadership programme which provides training and on-the-job developmental opportunities. This alternative Leaders Programme is designed for youths aged 18 to 25 years old to achieve the following:

  • Develop community leadership skills through training, learning journeys and on-the-job placements in the social sector
  • Gain insight into national issues and challenges, and the individual’s role in shaping Singapore
  • Gain deeper understanding of cause-based issues and social sector
  • Gain the opportunity to plan, coordinate and/or implement activities across different programmes with Social Service Organisation
  • Learn to recruit, manage and retain volunteers

For more information, click here.  

Leaders Pathways

Upon completion of Youth Corps Leaders Programme and Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion), Aspirants are conferred as Youth Corps Leaders at the Commencement Ceremony.

YCS Leaders have multiple development pathways to continue volunteering. These include:

  • Projects : Initiate new community projects with our Pay-it-Forward Award (PIFA) to serve the local community. Click here for PIFA documents for submission
  • Overseas Exposure : Gain global perspectives and learn from international best practices
  • Internship : Intern with Youth Corps Singapore or our Community Partners under the Leaders Internship Programme
  • Volunteer : Take up leadership roles at Youth Corps community service events or regular programmes as a Volunteer Coordinator or EXCO member
  • Assistant Mentor : Guide and mentor Youth Corps Aspirant teams
  • Interest-based Groups : Participate in interest-based clusters based on your areas of interests
  • Leaders Circle : Networking and gathering with other YCS Leaders