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?
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.
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.
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
Note: Application for the Sept/ Oct 2020 YCIS has closed. Please look out for the next application period in Nov/ Dec for the run in Mar/ Apr 2021. Please contact Dy at Dy_Kitratiprasan@nyc.gov.sg for any queries.
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
Youth Expedition Project (YEP) is a Service-Learning programme by Youth Corps Singapore (YCS) to nurture confident and resilient youths who are active citizens with the desire to make a difference both at home and overseas.
The objectives of YEP are to develop:
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 the regional Covid situation and the preparation time needed for partners to plan for the trip, NYC will extend the travel advisories against YEP trips to 31 Dec 2020. NYC will not be accepting any applications nor approving grants for YEP trips (including recce trips) taking place before 31 Dec 2020.
1. YEP Goes Online (YEP-GO)
The new YEP-GO provides a platform for youths to continue volunteering with the overseas communities without travel. Youths can connect with overseas partner organisations to develop programmes such as online classes or trainings through virtual means.
YEP-GO will provide youths with opportunities to create:
YEP-GO 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. NYC will fund 80% of total qualifying project costs, capped at $3,000 per team. Participants of YEP-GO will still be eligible for funding to go on YEP trips when travel resumes.
There are three key phases for every YEP-GO, namely the Preparation, Online Project and Closure:
1a. We are recruiting YEP-GO members!
Join us for our upcoming YEP-GO to make a difference in the community! Click here to register your interest now.
1b. How do I start my own YEP-GO?
Grab a few friends and lead your own YEP-GO! Team leaders should start the planning process early and apply at least 2 months before the start date of your Online Project to be considered for funding. Ensure you have the required documents below ready when you submit your application.
All YEP-GOs 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-GO:
For YEP-GO enquiries and assistance in project scoping, you may email us at YEP_Enquiries@nyc.gov.sg
Required Documents for Application
Required Documents for Project Closure
2. YEP Homecoming Grant
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!
3. Claims for YEP Trips
*This section only applies to teams which wish to claim for their cancelled YEP trips due to COVID-19.
Additional Information / Resources
Youth Corps Leaders Programme is a 9-12 months community leadership development programme suitable for youths 17 to 25 years old with some experience in leadership or community service. Participants who complete the programme will be conferred as Youth Corps Leader.
The newly revised programme allows youths greater flexibility to design and customise their own leadership journey based on different social causes, partners and project pathways. Youths will be trained by Youth Corps Singapore and guided by National Agencies and/or Community Partners to implement a sustainable service-learning project tackling pressing community needs.