Common Purpose
Young Leaders Programme

A 4-day experiential leadership programme for pre-university students in Singapore

What part will you play in Singapore’s future?


The Common Purpose-SG100 Young Leaders Programme, is designed especially for young leaders in Singapore who are keen to innovate and lead change in their communities.

The programme was launched in 2015 as the Common Purpose-SG50 Young Leaders Programme, and was part of Singapore's 50th anniversary celebrations, supported by the SG50 Celebration Fund. The programme was a success, and was run again in 2016, in partnership with the National Youth Council (NYC). Over 145 students participated in the programme run at the Singapore Polytechnic, who were our 2015 and 2016 partners.


Aims and Objectives:

The programme is aimed at young leaders who are passionate about leadership and learning, and are keen to broaden their understanding of Singapore with a focus on the next 50 years. Self-awareness, whilst encouraging a sense of duty and belonging to the country is another objective. The programme also aims to help participants from diverse backgrounds work together, generate ideas, and lead change towards the future.

Wong Weng Yek, Raffles Institution

“The social commentary and perspectives learnt and discussed about Singapore can be applied not just in studies and essays, but also on our outlook in life and how we understand and interpret issues in society today. And should we be determined to implement changes or improvements to the current system, we would benefit from the foreknowledge of the Singaporean context, to use it to guide our decisions and actions.”

Important information

Programme fee:

The programme is free

Who can apply?

Students from Post Secondary and Pre- University institutions in Singapore

Jacob Nigel Jensen, , SG100 Young Leaders Programme Alumnus, Overseas Family School

“It is satisfying to see the product of our extensive work... I feel like this has pushed me to take enormous strides in terms of getting over my social anxiety - and that I am now closer to realizing my personal life goals. I have also likely made more connections in these four days than I have made in the last year; for which I am truly grateful, thank you for organizing this event.” 

NYC was set up by the Singapore Government on 1 November 1989 as the national co-ordinating body for youth affairs in Singapore and the focal point of international youth affairs.

On 1 January 2015, NYC began its operations as an autonomous agency under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and housed two key institutions: Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) and Youth Corps Singapore. Together, the agency will drive youth development and broaden outreach to young Singaporeans and youth sector organisations.

Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 48 full-time diploma courses for close to 16,000 students. 

The Polytechnic is committed to producing competent and versatile graduates who are also imbued with sound values, so that they can be work ready, life ready and world-ready. SP has more than 184,000 graduates and among them are successful entrepreneurs, top executives in multi-national and public-listed corporations, and well-known professionals across various industries and leaders in government. 

Amansa Capital Pte. Ltd. is a fund management company based in Singapore with an international institutional investor base.

Amansa Capital Pte. Ltd. has a mandate to invest in Asia with an emphasis on investment opportunities in India.


Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic has been contributing towards global maritime education and training since 1957.

As Singapore’s premier maritime education and training academy, SMA trains students in distinct maritime disciplines of Maritime Business, Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering (with Shipboard Operations and Offshore Technology options). SMA aims to prepare the next generation workforce in the maritime industry with technical competencies, industry knowledge, overseas exposure, and character development through a purposefully-designed curriculum and activities beyond the classroom.

Gabriel Lee Jian Hui, Common Purpose - SG100 Young Leaders Programme Alumnus, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

“I learnt that innovation and creativity is key in today's fast changing and globalized world. Therefore, it is essential for us to be equipped with these skills as we are the leaders of tomorrow who will shape SG100.”