Common Purpose SG100 Young Leaders Programme

A three 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). 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.


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 dates

4–6 September 2019

Half day reconnect session: 
8 October 2019

Who can apply?

Students from post-secondary and pre-university institutions in Singapore.

Programme fee

The programme is free.

Aung Myin Oo, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Alumnus, Common Purpose-SG100 Young Leaders Programme 2017

“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.


Adeline Ang, ITE College Central. Alumnus, Common Purpose-SG100 Young Leaders Programme 2017

“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.”