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Media Coverage of SHINE's events

So it was perhaps no wonder that SHINE Children and Youth Services turned to furry friends in its effort to support the mental wellness of young people in Singapore.


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Media Coverage of SHINE's events


The aim of the programme is to enable social mobility by preparing these children to effectively deal with challenges they may face in life, so that they maximise their potential and break the cycle of poverty.


This programme is also designed to instil a love for learning, encourage curiosity, and foster a growth mindset. When a child is inspired to see challenges not as roadblocks but as opportunities for growth, we unlock a mindset that will serve them well throughout their lives

Mr Gan

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One such initiative is Youth Alive! (Youth Alumni Leadership In Volunteering Empowerment!), a new two-year leadership programme with charity organisation Shine Children and Youth Services.

Mr Lee Seng Meng, executive director of Shine Children and Youth Services, said the Harvard Business School Association of Oregon evaluated that the return on investment is $7 for every $1 invested in each child.

His initial concerns were quickly allayed as he realised how friendly the volunteering community was. “So I thought, volunteering is actually quite fun. You learn a lot of things, meet a lot of people and form a new community of friends that last you a lifetime. 

                             Mr Roop Singh       

Youth Corps also works with partners on programmes to help youths gain new learning experiences and support their personal growth and development.

Volunteering has its benefits. “I’ve grown a lot in confidence since I first started. I find it meaningful to be part of a bigger cause to give back to society, to see the smile on someone’s face.

“You also grow to become more resilient, as you encounter a lot of challenges when you volunteer. You need to face and deal with them.”


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Developing literacy skills in children before they reach Primary 1 is crucial because that serves as a foundation for their academic journey.

Mdm Halimah Yacob

We must always look at how to create opportunities because not all children come from English-speaking backgrounds, nor do they come from backgrounds where their parents are there all the time to be able to give them the kind of support for them to develop their reading skills.

Mdm Halimah Yacob

An internship working with youth in gangs solidified his passion for social work. He joined Shine Children and Youth Services as a social worker in 2004 and is now director of targeted intervention services.

Mr Lee Seng Meng

Youth Community Outreach Programme in 2007, where youth spread positive messages to their peers while tagging along on police patrols or by being ambassadors for crime prevention campaigns.

Mr Lee Seng Meng


The children are beneficiaries of Shine Children and Youth Services, which serves underprivileged children with learning and socio-emotional difficulties. Most of the children invited have learning difficulties such as global developmental delay and some are diagnosed with autism and dyslexia.

Media Coverage of SHINE's events


Substance abuse can be addictive, and during the recovery stage, positive support, especially from the family is very important, so this is what we try to help with as social workers

                                        Mr Lim

Media Coverage of SHINE's events

Social workers and counsellors said children from low-income families face a multitude of challenges during this period, as they may have no access to extracurricular programmes and are cooped up at home with limited space.

That is why community support is important, they added.


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Shine works with organisations and groups around Singapore to implement its reading programme. After the programme went online, five out of the 10 groups it works with decided to implement the Reading Odyssey: Stories at Home programme.

Shine Children and Youth Services' new youth community outreach team ResiL!ence began in October last year and was officially launched on Saturday (July 17), alongside Shine's new campaign, "It's the Mental Health for Me".


ResiL!ence aims to raise awareness of mental health issues among youth, promote early identification, facilitate the help-seeking process, and involve parents and peers in young people's recovery.

We want to complement the school curriculum and support children's foundational skills in reading for meaning. Having understanding will help learning in general

Ms Low


We want to be an inclusive society where mental health is no longer stigmatised and help-seeking is normalised.

As I was growing up, I also wished that there were some of these services and resources available. It definitely would have helped with my struggles.

Ms Tan

after school programmes help disadvantaged students regain confidence


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SHINE Children and Youth Services pilots the STAR Programme to give disadvantaged children long-term support. The programme matches a mentor with a child to guide their journey from primary to secondary school. The concept also provides support to parents and involves partnerships with agencies and schemes like ComLink. Rebecca Metteo with more.

Programme to help vulnerable primary school children graduate pays off

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