Digital engagement campaign to launch this year for youths to address important issues

Civic Conversations will provide a platform for youths to engage in conversations surrounding complex issues.

Edwin Chan

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Published: 10 March 2022, 10:25 PM

As part of efforts to create safe platforms for youths to engage in a diversity of views, the National Youth Council (NYC) will partner Mediacorp to launch a digital engagement campaign called Civic Conversations this year, shared Minister of State Mr Alvin Tan at the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) Committee of Supply debate on Mar 10. 

Held from April to September, the digital engagement campaign will help guide conversations and create spaces for respectful and deep dialogue. 

“We will address key topics like race and religion, local-foreigner relations and intergenerational bonding,” said Mr Tan. 

Youths can look forward to participating in a variety of online activities through platforms like Instagram Live sessions with expert panels. They can then access the content through a microsite after the sessions.

“They will pick up useful tips on how to engage in difficult conversations and converse constructively on complex issues,” Mr Tan added.

On top of the campaign, Mr Tan also highlighted other existing programmes and initiatives that provide youths with opportunities to develop their skills and confidence. Some of these include the Asia-Ready Exposure Programme (AEP), Youth Corps Community Internships (YCCI) and Youth Action Challenge (YAC).

“Through the YAC, any youth with an idea or a desire to tackle the problems of our day can pitch their innovative project idea and receive grants to realise these solutions,” shared Mr Tan.

YAC will be making a return with its fourth season this October. “We will see even more youths coming forward to make an impact. In fact, I welcome youths to come and join the YAC season four.”

More information about the various initiatives and programmes can be found in Mr Tan’s speech.

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