Activities to look out for in Youth Month 2022
Highlights include the Singapore Regatta 2022 sailing expedition and a rainbow solar light art installation.
In celebration of Youth Month, the National Youth Council (NYC) has collaborated with various partners to line up an array of exciting and enriching activities for youths to partake in.
Here’s a look at some of events you can look forward to this month:
1. Rainbow Connection Exhibition
Rainbow Connection is an installation conceptualised by local artist Lee Yun Qin and presented by the Malay Heritage Centre.
A total of 500 solar light modules made using upcycled cookie containers and solar lights are suspended as part of the outdoor installation.
The light units are designed and individually painted by beneficiaries from social service agency Brighton Connection and feature two themes — In the Woods and In the Deep.
Each unit is unique but the lights will merge to scatter prismatic projections once all the lights are lit up at night.
According to Yun Qin, the modules mimic nature, creating a natural transition of colour without clear boundaries.
The installation will be displayed at the Somerset Youth Park from Jul 2 to 31.
2. Youth Co:Lab Summit
NYC has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Citi Foundation to co-organise the Youth Co:Lab summit — a space for youths to share innovative solutions to the region’s challenges.
While this is the fourth summit, it will be the first time that the event is held in Singapore.
This year’s summit will showcase climate change and inclusivity initiatives from past Youth Action Challenge participants and youths from Asia.
They will also get to participate in panels and workshops, allowing them to connect with other participants from across the Asia-Pacific.
The main summit will be held at the NUS Shaw Foundation Alumni House from Jul 6 to 7 and will be open to the public.
Those who are interested can register online.
3. National Youth Dialogue: Renewing our Social Compact
NYC and the Global Shapers Community (GSC) Singapore Hub are organising a series of National Youth Dialogue (NYD) sessions on critical issues regarding Singapore’s future.
The first session will examine the cost of living concerns and address changes that youths hope to see in society.
Youths will also be given the chance to share their opinions on whether a new social compact is required after the issue of inequality was thrusted into the spotlight during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of State Alvin Tan, Professor Walter Thesaira, Dr Ng Kok Hoe and Miss Marlisa Rosli will be the panellists for the session.
The session will be held virtually through Zoom on Jul 23. Youths aged 15 to 35 can register here.
4. The Singapore Regatta 2022
Youths will get an opportunity to sail in an Outwards Bound Singapore (OBS) cutter — a craft with capacity of 12-crew — on Jul 24.
The Singapore Regatta 2022 is organised by OBS in association with the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF).
The cutter will sail through a 10-15 nautical mile passage around the eastern part of Singapore waters.
Youths who are participating will be briefed on how the crew members work together onboard the cutter on Jul 23.
Also post of the event is a coastal clean-up at East Coast Park organised with Better Trails to foster an appreciation of the marine environment.
5. Majulah Block Party
The Somerset Belt Office and Zendyll Collective will partner to launch the inaugural Majulah Block Party which comprises a range of dance and music showcases.
Youths will get to partake in talks and networking sessions with music industry leaders, including indie label founders and musicians.
There will also be DJ sessions at Somerset Youth Park as well as dance and music highlights by local artists at *SCAPE Ground Theatre and Underground.
The Guest of Honour will be Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, who will participate in a panel discussion with local musicians on Jul 30.
6. Zero Waste Campaign
Together with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), NYC has organised a Zero Waste design contest which is currently underway.
The contest is meant to spark conversations on sustainability and develop ideas for zero waste practices which students can adopt on campuses.
An engagement on Zero Waste will also be carried out in August where ITE students and youths will be encouraged to participate in the Youth Corp Leaders Programme — NEA Youth for Environmental Sustainability Edition which will enable them to lead group-up initiatives on sustainability.
The campaign will last from Jul 11 to Sep 10.