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Emerging Stronger Together: Chats With Youth Minister, Edwin Tong

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SUMMARY

THE LOWDOWN

COVID-19 has certainly made a mark on our society and economy. For many people, the impact of the “circuit breaker” phase earlier this year will forever be etched into our memories.

As Singapore emerges from COVID-19, the uncertainty of what the future holds look daunting. In August this year, NYC convened two Zoom chat sessions between 50 youths from diverse backgrounds and youth minister, Edwin Tong.

With the backdrop of COVID-19, the conversations were centred around 3 main questions:

  1. What are you top concerns/issues that you think the Government should address in this new term of Government?
  2. Why are these issues important to you, other young Singaporeans and broader segments of the society?
  3. How do you see yourself partnering other youths, the society, and the Government in addressing the issues raised?

WHAT WE HEARD

A CHAT WITH EDWIN TONG – MINISTER FOR CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH

Youths shared a range of concerns, from anxiety about their employability, to how society needs to double down on helping vulnerable communities who are worst hit by the pandemic. Some youths pointed out that as we deal with the crisis, we must not lose sight of long term issues, such as sustainability, as well as our aspiration towards a more inclusive society.

In the spirit of openness and transparency, we will also be releasing full, detailed notes from the two sessions.

Click the button above to read the detailed notes, as well as results from the sessions’ Mentimeter polls. (Names of participants are redacted)

Or, check out the graphic in the section below for a summary of what youths shared with Minister Edwin.



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