A three day experiential leadership programme for pre-university students in Singapore
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). This year, a three day experiential leadership programme, with a half day reconnect session, is supported by the National Youth Council and being run in partnership with Singapore Polytechnic and Amansa Capital.
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.
“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.”
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 Onepeople.sg, 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.
“An intensive programme that enriched and engaged youths into the community and social issues in Singapore. This programme has encompassed the values of cultural diversity, which allows us to think and define the challenge, and eventually recommend solutions for it.”
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.
“I have enjoyed attending this leadership programme. I have learnt a lot about cultural intelligence, and design thinking. This programme also makes me want to be a better citizen, to contribute to Singapore, and also to become a better leader.”