Another Week Beyond – 2113

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Community, Volunteers, youth

Dear friends, When they were told that they were the 14 most active youth volunteers in their neighbourhood, those present were most surprised. Many said that whenever they helped with food distributions or community events, they were just doing what they have always seen their friends and neighbours do. They were just going about their lives normally and never thought …

Another Week Beyond – 2108

Beyond Another Week Beyond, community, youth

Dear Friends After speaking to more than 150 youth aged between 16 to 20 and inviting them to be a part of a mutual aid initiative that connects them to job-based information and resources, training, and potential employers, a common theme emerged. These young people wanted to work so that they could help with their family income. Some were already …

Another Week Beyond – 2045

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Volunteers, youth

“We are not interested. My mother won’t be able to use the internet and there’s no point applying for her.” Our young volunteer was told in a rather curt voice.  Although a little stunned and unsure if she would be disrespectfully overstaying her welcome, she continued to explain the government’s digital access scheme to the older woman whom we shall call …

Another Week Beyond – 2039

Beyond Another Week Beyond, digital literacy, volunteer, youth

Dear Friends, 2 brothers in their 60s, told us that they were finding it difficult to stay in touch with their families in Indonesia. Without SMART Phones, calls were expensive and being illiterate, texting was not an option either. They lamented that sometimes, by pressing a wrong key, $10 to $20 worth of pre-paid data is depleted without a connection.  So, …

Another Week Beyond – 2038

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Children and youth, volunteer, Volunteers, youth

Dear Friends, Last week, 7 youth delivered 5 performances at   the Substation.  “Men with Pens” featured lived experiences they had penned down, and the show was part of Septfest 2020 Fringe which featured immersive experiences to generate conversations   around issues faced by various marginalised and displaced groups. In January this year, volunteers Subhas Nair and Yanni Chia began meeting youth living in the Whampoa neighbourhood; listening …

Another Week Beyond – 2035

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Education, Employment, Employment, youth Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, Jobs and the ability to draw an income weigh heavily on the minds of many and it is no different for the young people we engage.  After speaking to more than 50 youth between 16 to 25 years old, we discovered that most wanted to explore different career paths which they were interested in. However, they felt that they …

Another Week Beyond – 2031

Beyond Another Week Beyond, digital literacy, digital literacy, Donations in kind, Education, youth

Dear Friends, We continued to learn from our interns. This time, from those who were helping us with our efforts at providing internet connectivity to our members.  They coordinated the distribution of donated pre-loved devices and often found themselves trouble shooting when members had difficulty connecting to wi-fi or were simply fumbling with an unfamiliar device. They made it clear to …

Another Week Beyond – 2029

Beyond Another Week Beyond, Family Group Conference, Family Group Conference, Restorative Justice, youth Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, Morris (AWB – 2026) was all smiles as he got onto a WhatsApp video call with 2 volunteer mentors. One is a psychologist running his own practice and the other, an operations manager at a health and wellness business.  Last week, the Court considered the supplementary report from his probation officer and he was given a 21-month probation order. …