SINGAPORE – Young people can expect an action-packed July with the launch of Youth Month, featuring boat races on Singapore’s waters, a design contest and dance and music performances.
More than one million young people in Singapore and the rest of Asia are expected to participate in physical and virtual events organized by the National Youth Council (NYC).
To start, an annual Youth Co:Lab Summit showcasing youth-led projects and social enterprises across Asia will be held from Monday, July 4 through Thursday. The summit is organized by NYC’s Youth Action Challenge partners, the Citi Foundation and the United Nations Development Program.
A design competition, organized with the Institute of Technical Education, will be held from July 11 to September 10 to encourage conversations about sustainability and develop ideas for zero-waste practices that students can adopt on campus.
Youth Month will be launched by the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Edwin Tong, on Sunday 3 July. He said he was proud of the way Singaporean youth have adapted to changing circumstances and stepped up to help the country in their own way.
He added that Youth Month will be a good time for young Singaporeans to seize opportunities through planned events or by organizing their own activities.
He said: “Use this time to discover your passions. Be brave to follow through on your aspirations. It is you, our youth, who will drive Singapore forward.
“Together we can create a home where we care for each other and have a chance to achieve our dreams.”
Tong also praised student leaders at some local universities for their work to improve the mental well-being of undergraduate students by recommending more support and measures to reduce stress on campus.
Other activities for the month include a series of national youth dialogues, where young local leaders discuss issues that matter to them, and a chance to sail an Outward Bound Singapore cutter, a type of sailboat, in a race around eastern waters of the country. .
A Coastal Cleanup Exercise will take place to develop participants’ appreciation of the marine environment and coastal sustainability efforts.
A Majulah Block Party with dance and music performances will take place on July 30 and August 6 at the Somerset Belt, which stretches from Youth Park to *Scape. Attendees can meet people from the music industry, such as independent label founders, musicians, and artist managers.