In 2011, we made a strategic decision to adopt a community development approach where social issues are regarded as opportunities for people from different backgrounds to cooperate toward a common good. We focused on public-rental housing neighbourhoods and to build community from the “inside-out” with support and resources from the “outside-in.” This meant identifying assets among residents such their abilities, aspirations and support networks and together, creating a context for them to bring good to their neighbourhood.
Hence, all work took on a community development emphasis and was consolidated under the Youth United Programme. As adequate care is a challenge for children from disadvantaged families, we maintained our full day childcare centre to support this need. Nonetheless, this facility has an emphasis on Home School Partnership which is aligned with our community development work.
Healthy Start Child Development Centre (HSCDC)
An early childhood education programme regulated by the Early Childhood Development Agency. It offers full day childcare and has a capacity of 9 infants and 54 children. This facility is dedicated to children from lower income families who pay a nominal fee, but no child is turned away because of an inability to meet school fees. The operating deficit is recovered through fund-raising efforts.
Who we reach: Children below 6 years old from less privileged socio-economic backgrounds whose parents and caregivers are less present
Who’s involved: Parents and caregivers.
What we do:
We educate and care for disadvantaged children, promoting education as a focal point while actively involving parents/caregivers.
How we do it:
With a small student-teacher ratio, children can get the extra attention and care that they need.
This is a community building effort that organises resources & relationships around youth living in public rental housing neighbourhoods. In the spirit of “building futures through friendships,” the programme intentionally reconnects with its members periodically and supports research endeavours that shed light on their lived experiences as well as their membership with Beyond.
We adopt this approach believing that offending and undesirable behaviours are not inherent in people but a product of their environment and circumstances. A significant amount of funding is from the Tote Board Social Service Fund administered by the National Council of Social Services.
Who we reach:
Youths from less privileged families and neighbourhoods
Family groups, grassroots, police, youth agencies, our larger community
What we do:
Provide a nurturing environment to help fend off delinquency and other potentially harmful behaviours
How we do it:
Community Engagement – We build relationships with youths, engage them in community activities and hook them up with community resources.
Restorative Neighbourhoods – We nurture a conducive environment that helps youths stay on the right track but if they fall off, get back on their feet.
Community Partnership – We are the facilitators for volunteers and the wider community to positively contribute to the lives of disadvantaged youths.