Highlights include the 2022 Singapore Regatta sailing expedition and a rainbow solar light art installation.
To celebrate Youth Month, the National Youth Council (NYC) has worked with various partners to organize a range of exciting and enriching activities for young people to take part in.
Here’s a look at some of the events you can expect this month:
1. Rainbow Connection Exhibition
Rainbow connection is an installation conceptualized by local artist Lee Yun Qin and presented by the Malaysia Heritage Centre.
A total of 500 solar light modules made using recycled cookie containers and solar lights hang as part of the outdoor installation.
The light units are individually designed and painted by the beneficiaries of social service agency Brighton Connection and feature two themes – In the woods and Basically.
Each unit is unique but the lights will merge to disperse prismatic projections once all the lights are turned on at night.
According to Yun Qin, the modules imitate nature, creating a natural color transition without clear boundaries.
The installation will be on display at Somerset Youth Park from July 2-31.
2. Co:Lab Youth Summit
NYC has partnered with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation to co-host the Youth Co:Lab Summit — a space where young people can share innovative solutions to the region’s challenges.
Although this is the fourth summit, it will be the first time the event has been held in Singapore.
This year’s summit will showcase past climate change and inclusivity initiatives Youth Action Challenge participants and young people from Asia.
They will also be able to take part in panels and workshops, allowing them to connect with other participants from across Asia-Pacific.
The main summit will be held at the NUS Shaw Foundation Alumni House from July 6-7 and will be open to the public.
Interested persons can register on line.
3. National youth dialogue: renewing our social pact
NYC and the Global Shapers Community (GSC) Singapore Hub are hosting a series of National Youth Dialogue (NYD) sessions on critical issues regarding Singapore’s future.
The first session will examine cost of living concerns and discuss the changes young people hope to see in society.
Young people will also have the opportunity to share their views on the need for a new social pact after the issue of inequality came to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of State Alvin Tan, Professor Walter Thesaira, Dr Ng Kok Hoe and Miss Marlisa Rosli will be the session panelists.
The session will be held virtually via Zoom on July 23. Young people aged 15 to 35 can register here.
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4. Singapore Regatta 2022
The youngsters will have the opportunity to sail in an Outwards Bound Singapore (OBS) cutter – a boat with a capacity of 12 crew members – on July 24.
Singapore Regatta 2022 is organized by OBS in association with the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF).
The cutter will cruise through a 10 to 15 nautical mile passage around the eastern part of Singapore waters.
Young people who participate will learn about how the crew members work together aboard the cutter on July 23.
Also after the event is a coastal cleanup at East Coast Park organized with Better trails foster an appreciation of the marine environment.
5. Majulah Block Party
The Somerset Belt Office and Zendyll Collective will team up to launch the first Majulah Block Party which includes a range of dance and music performances.
Young people will be able to participate in discussions and networking sessions with music industry leaders, including independent label founders and musicians.
There will also be DJ sessions at Somerset Youth Park as well as dance and music highlights by local artists at the *SCAPE Ground Theater and Underground.
The guest of honor will be Mr. Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, who will participate in a panel discussion with local musicians on July 30th.
6. Zero Waste Campaign
In collaboration with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), NYC organized a Zero Waste design competition which is currently underway.
The competition aims to spark conversations about sustainability and develop ideas for zero-waste practices that students can adopt on campus.
A zero waste engagement will also take place in August where ITE students and youth will be encouraged to participate in the Youth Corp Leaders program – NEA Youth for Environmental Sustainability Edition that will enable them to carry out collective initiatives on sustainable development.
The campaign will run from July 11 to September 10.