Yale-NUS College x Skillseed, 2016 - 2017
26 November 2016
On November 26, 2016, the volunteer induction session at Skillseed Office marked a new start of education and empowerment.
12 students from Yale-NUS College joined the Skillseed team to embark on a new journey of social projects. This collaboration between Skillseed and Yale-NUS College aims to create social impact through four projects that range from facilitating educational trips for teenage students, supporting the journeys of youth with disabilities as they craft their own social projects, reintegrating marginalized groups to workspace, to educating youths on environmental justice.
Having benefited from the resourceful and supportive community that they live in, Yale-NUS students are excited about giving back by creating similar experiences for the young, the elderly, and the minority. Some have a deep passion for creating meaningful learning opportunities for the young while some show earnest empathy for groups of minority; others raise concern about the implications of apathy towards the damage to our forests and environmental resources on future generations of Singapore.
What makes Skillseed distinct for Yale-NUS students is that it provides a platform for mutual learning and contribution. Skillseed encourages student facilitators to utilize their facilitation skills, critical thinking and creative abilities to create memorable and transformative experiences for their beneficiaries. At the same time, student facilitators will also engage in intimate interaction with their beneficiaries and cultivate stronger curiosity and social responsibility in an open and supportive environment. The ultimate goal for Skillseed and Yale-NUS students converge on the common point to create sustainable and meaningful impact on the beneficiaries.
As a diverse group comprising various nationalities, cultural and educational backgrounds, these twelve student facilitators share a common mission to contribute to the communities they live in. Their jobscopes vary widely-- from conducting background surveys and research from scratch, analysing the diverse interests of stakeholders as well as balancing the objectivity and comprehensiveness of lesson materials. In meeting many new faces and challenges, Yale-NUS students are ready to take the lead to work with their beneficiaries and create change through their positivity and responsibility.
Press Statement written by Yang Xuerui.
VOLUNTEER VISION STATEMENT
To develop and hone
our volunteers' personal capacity to
actively give back to the social sector
as skilled volunteers.
SPD 'YOUTH GIVES BACK' YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (YDP)
Skillseed is honoured to be a partner of SPD in the launch of 'Youth Gives Back', the a year-long training and mentorship programme for youths with disabilities that kicked off with a dialogue session on 18 March 2017 at the Red Box, where more than 50 social entrepreneurs, corporate philanthropy partners and youth leaders gathered.
Callysta, Dianne and Monica from Yale-NUS volunteered as facilitators in this programme, serving as buddies to encourage each team's progress, helping with the Skillseed workshops and learning from our phenomenal participants at the same time.
Representing the facilitators, Callysta also appeared on Mediacorp TV's Channel 8 programme, "Hello Singapore!" featuring Skillseed's partnership with SPD. We would like to thank our volunteers for all the help they have rendered to make our work possible!
" Volunteering at Skillseed as a facilitator for the Youth Development Program with SPD has been a brief but rewarding experience. My biggest personal takeaway from my involvement in the program is the importance of empathy - the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes. It is a skill that I have had the opportunity to practice in my interactions with fellow peers and larger facilitating team, whilst preparing for and facilitating sessions. Both participants and other facilitators have also set incredible examples of practicing empathy and running an impactful program. With further reflection on the program as a whole, it is evident that empathy has been a value that has guided and enabled the success of YDP. It influences the types of activities that are run, the presentation style of learning material and content, and really allows us to put participants' needs, capabilities and aspirations at the center of the program. Though I have not had the opportunity to be personally involved in all stages of the program, hearing about the successes and milestones that teams have achieved has been inspiring. I am grateful to have worked with empathetic, talented and passionate individuals through this volunteering experience. "
- Callysta Thony
"At Skillseed, I was mostly involved in the early portion of SPD’s “Youth Give Back” program; my role has involved organizing introductory/team bonding activities, liaising between the participants & mentors, and just helping out with the general flow of events during the sessions. This was my first experience as a “facilitator” — and I remember being super nervous before meeting the participants, worrying whether everything would be super awkward and not go the way we planned. Fortunately, everything went great. Not only did I have fun, but I also realized that all it took to facilitate well was my usual, happy self —as well as a genuine interest in the participants and their projects (which wasn’t so hard when I met them and heard their ideas). I think a huge takeaway from from my time at Skillseed has been that, though facilitation requires work and planning, the best job comes out of an organic, genuinely caring and fun state!"
- Monica Kim
raiSE Social Enterprise Young Talent Programme (SEYTP) Orientation
Skillseed is proud to be the official programme organiser for raiSE's Social Enterprise Young Talent Programme (SEYTP).
On 15 May 2017, we had the first batch of Young Talents participate in the inaugural SEYTP Orientation. We are very thankful for the help rendered by our excellent volunteer facilitators from Yale-NUS, Kei, Aleithia, and Jiamin as they led our Young Talent participants through a series of Empathy Exercises they developed together with Skillseed. The Empathy Exercises allowed participants to challenge their existing notions about privilege and aim to enlarge their capacity for empathy for the various stakeholders they might interact with during their internship.
Here are some photos of our amazing facilitators in action!
Thank you NYC for supporting the set up of our volunteer management system.
Special thanks to Rector Brian McAdoo and Fellow Eugenia Chuah from Elm College, Yale-NUS for their support in so many ways and ensuring that this could all happen in the first place!