SIF-NYC Collaborate to Build Regional Network of Young Changemakers

Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and National Youth Council (NYC) ink a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formalising their partnership and commitment to collaborate on the ASEAN Youth Fellowship.

The three-year MOU between SIF and NYC will enable both organisations to collaborate on a regional youth fellowship. It was co-signed by NYC Chief Executive Officer Mr David Chua (second from left) and SIF Executive Director Ms Jean Tan (second from right) and witnessed by NYC Assistant Chief Executive (Transformation Office and Youth Engagement) Mr Christopher Pragasam and SIF Division Director, Strategic Management, Mr Reuben Kwan (right).

Co-signed by SIF Executive Director Ms Jean Tan and NYC Chief Executive Officer Mr David Chua on 7 June, the MOU formalised the partnership between both organisations and laid the groundwork for a joint collaboration on the ASEAN Youth Fellowship (AYF), an exclusive leadership development programme for young regional changemakers.

The inaugural AYF, comprising 40 participants from across the region would be themed ‘Innovation for One ASEAN Future’, to commemorate Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year. The week-long programme aims to develop and build a strong network of emerging young ASEAN leaders in the 3P (public, private, and people) sectors. It would also expose the participants to opportunities in the region.

Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director, expressed delight at collaborating with the NYC again –  both organisations had worked together for the Youth Expedition Programme (YEP) from 2000 to 2005. She also shared that the AYF was an apt platform for both organisations to harness the energy and rigour of youth to collaborate and work towards positive change in their respective communities. Citing another successful SIF programme, she said, “To celebrate ASEAN’s 25th Anniversary in 1992, the SIF-ASEAN Student Fellowship was started and over the course of a decade, we saw close to 500 Fellows develop close ties and friendship with Singaporeans and their peers in the other ASEAN countries. Today, many of the Fellows are prominent figures in their respective communities and our relationships continue to endure beyond the programme.  In a similar fashion, through the AYF, we are looking forward to building a regional network of young changemakers who can come together and collaborate to effect positive change.”

Mr David Chua, NYC Chief Executive, shared that youths play an important role in driving the region’s future and youth exchange programmes such as the AYF promoted interaction amongst them and strengthen the bonds within ASEAN. He said, “Through such programmes, young people can gain cultural intelligence by interacting with peers from other countries, benchmarking themselves in the process. We are looking forward to building a strong regional network of youth leaders to pave the way for a more innovative and resilient ASEAN. We are very happy to be partnering with the SIF to achieve this goal.”

The collaborative nature of the AYF would also serve as a platform to foster greater intercultural understanding between young Singaporean leaders and their regional counterparts. The inaugural AYF is scheduled to take place between 10 – 16 November 2018.

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