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SG100 Young Leaders Programme

In 2065, Singapore will be 100 years old – how will you shape Singapore’s future?

The Common Purpose–SG100 Young Leaders Programme is an annual experiential leadership development programme for pre-university students from across International Schools, Institute of Technical Education, Junior Colleges, Madrasahs and Polytechnics. Over the years, we have developed over 400 young leaders who are part of the global Common Purpose alumni network.

Now in its fifth year, we are delighted to be able to run the programme in an exciting format that engages a larger cohort of young people in Singapore. This includes an initial opportunity to learn about leadership and cultural intelligence by engaging in an online social learning portal followed by a real time virtual learning programme.

SG100 Young Leaders Programme is part of Legacy; a global campaign by Common Purpose, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be.

Wong Weng Yek, Raffles Institution, Alumnus of SG100 2016

“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.” 

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Why take part?

  • Generate game-changing ideas for Singapore’s future
  • Select mentorship opportunities for the winning group to take their ideas forward
  • Learn about leadership, innovation and driving change
  • Improve your ability to solve complex problems
  • Develop a network of driven and engaged young leaders who will help take Singapore towards the future

What happens on SG100 Young Leaders Programme?

On the programme, you will explore a real life Challenge and have the opportunity to interact with inspiring leaders in Singapore, from across business, industry, government and the social sector. You will use the collective knowledge gained from these experiences to come up with innovative ideas in response to the Challenge.

In 2020, the Challenge is “How can young people future proof Singapore? "

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the programme will be fully online.

Jamie Tan, Singapore Polytechnic, Alumnus of SG100 2019

“I have a lot of insights from the entire programme. I have learnt how to manage a team under a lot of time pressure. I have also learnt to make the best of what I have and adapt to situations that I am not comfortable with. Most of importantly, I have learnt how to be a better friend and support my peers around me, especially when they feel stressed, both as a friend and as a leader.”



I am more able to lead or work within diverse teams of people


I feel a personal responsibility to have a greater impact in my city


The SG100 network will help me make a more positive contribution to my city

Outside of her studies as a Grade 12 student in Singapore, Debora Ghosh leads passionately in her role as the President of United Singapore, an inter-school organization that advocates local-foreign integration among youth, and in her role as a Youth Advocate at, which promotes racial harmony in Singapore. As a young leader who is keen to innovate and lead change in her community, Debora reflects on the continued impact of attending the SG100 programme.

I had the opportunity to participant in the three day experiential Common Purpose SG100 Young Leaders Programme in 2017. During the programme, we were challenged to think ahead, to broaden our understanding of Singapore, and to address the question, 'What will the legacy of our generation be?'

Now, in my role at United Singapore, I am implementing my idea on integration through sports, which I pitched during the SG100 programme. I am extremely grateful to Common Purpose for giving me the platform to share and gain support for my ideas. Through the programme, I was not only able to understand the importance of design thinking and formulating plans for ideas, but also to enhance my pitching skills. I was able to put these skills to use when my group and I pitched our idea on the final day of the programme. As the Idea Ambassador during the programme, I was pleased to win two sponsors for my proposal. Both of my sponsors were very supportive. In fact, one of them, Mr Kris Sidharta, advised me with my event idea when I became involved with United Singapore; I am very grateful for his assistance!

One of the highlights of the programme was working with other passionate individuals to formulate a detailed presentation and proposal for our idea. With valuable lessons learnt from inspirational speakers and insightful experiences during the programme, we had developed skills that we were able to apply on the final day.

Looking back, I realize that one of the biggest takeaways from the programme was understanding Cultural Intelligence. On the first day, we were split into diverse groups and discussed our views on controversial statements. Through this experience, I understood the importance of considering people’s backgrounds and its effects on their beliefs. Cultural Intelligence allowed me to collaborate more effectively and to engender new ideas and new innovations.

The SG100 Young Leaders Programme allows young, motivated individuals to view issues through a different lens and to develop their leadership skills. I believe that young leaders in Singapore will benefit from attending this programme as they are given the skills and opportunities to implement their ideas and lead change in their communities.


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 organizations.

Established in 1954, Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is Singapore’s first polytechnic. It has 10 schools that offer 40 full-time courses and 3 common entry programmes for close to 16,000 students. 

SP adopts a proven creative teaching and learning framework and offers students a holistic, authentic and industry-relevant curriculum, innovative and vibrant learning spaces, and enriching overseas programmes. 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 206,000 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. SP clinched the inaugural ASEAN People’s Award in 2015 for its contributions toward the region’s community-building efforts. SP is also the first polytechnic to be awarded the President’s Award for the Environment in 2010 and the President's Social Service Award in 2011.

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.



Read the SG100 Young Leaders Programme Impact Report.

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2022 programme details will be confirmed by mid-year.

Application process

The application process for SG100 Young Leaders Programme involves answering three questions about your passion for leadership and your city. These questions can be answered by whichever means feels most comfortable to you, be it written, video submission, a piece of artwork, song or photograph – however you best feel you can express your desire to take responsibility for the legacy of Singapore.

How much does it cost?

SG100 Young Leaders Programme is free.

Who can apply?

Pre-university students from across International Schools, Institute of Technical Education, Junior Colleges, Madrasahs and Polytechnics who see themselves as future leaders and want to have an impact on Singapore.

Volunteer for SG100

We are looking for leaders from all backgrounds to contribute to SG100 Young Leaders Programme – sharing their insight and, in the process, seeing their city or country through the eyes of the next generation. We need speakers, panellists, mentors and immersion hosts. If you want to be a contributor, sign up below.