FAQs

General

What is Youth Corps Singapore?

Youth Corps Singapore champions youth volunteerism and is a national institution that empowers and supports young Singaporeans who are keen to serve the community.

We are a movement of young people with strong esprit de corps and service ethos to ignite positive change in society.

In making a difference, we harness the optimism of young people, the passion of community partners, and the transformative power of service learning.

What volunteering opportunities and programmes does Youth Corps Singapore offer?

Youth Corps Singapore provides breadth and depth of volunteering opportunities for youths during and beyond their school days.

As members, youths can look forward to participate in a wide range of community service events and/or regular volunteering programmes.

In addition, members who are keen to develop themselves as Leaders and work on service-learning projects can join the Youth Corps Leaders Programme.

With effect from 1 April 2016, Youth Expedition Project (YEP), the youth development programme which offers youths the opportunity to embark on overseas service-learning projects, is also part of Youth Corps Singapore.

For more details of the various types of programmes Youth Corps Singapore offer, please click here.

What are some of the critical community needs/causes that Youth Corps Singapore will serve?

Youth Corps Singapore is looking at addressing community needs in the areas of:

  • Education

  • Health

  • Special needs

  • Arts, sports & heritage

  • Environment

  • Children and family

  • Youths

  • Elderly

Who can be part of Youth Corps Singapore?

Youth Corps Singapore is open to youths from all walks of society regardless of academic background. Potential Youth Corps Members should be:

  • Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents aged 16 to 35 years old residing in Singapore;

  • Passionate about community service;

  • Team players with a desire to learn.

How is the potential journey of a Youth Corps Member like?

Youth Corps Members have the option of taking part in the various Youth Corps programmes and activities that suit their level of commitment and volunteering experience. They may embark their Youth Corps journey as Members, and progress to become Aspirants and Leaders.

Stage Definition
Member A youth who has signed up with Youth Corps Singapore to take part in our volunteering opportunities is known as a Member. These volunteering opportunities may be community service events or regular volunteering programmes.
Aspirant An Aspirant is a youth who aspires or has strong desire to become a Leader. Aspirants refer to Members who have been selected and are in the midst of completing the Youth Corps Leaders Programme.
Leader An Aspirant who has completed the Youth Corps Leaders Programme is known as a Leader. As Leaders, they will be equipped to take on leadership roles in volunteering and initiate their own community projects.
Community Service Events

Can non-Youth Corps Members join the community service events?

Youths will have to register themselves as a Youth Corps Member here before they are able to sign up for Youth Corps Singapore community service events. As a Youth Corps Member, youths will be able to discover and apply for the various community service events.

 

Regular Volunteering Programmes

What is the objective of regular volunteering programmes?

Regular volunteering programmes are meant to provide an avenue for youths who are looking for regular interaction with the beneficiaries. In addition, through sector-specific trainings and interaction with beneficiaries, youth volunteers will be able to attain in-depth knowledge and skills about the sector that they are volunteering in.

What is the commitment level like for the regular volunteering programmes?

For effective engagement with the beneficiaries, there is a minimum of 6 months commitment. Members who sign up for the regular programmes are expected to commit to the sessions within the 6-month period. Members who wish to continue volunteering after the 6 months may do so by informing us.

Is there a selection process for Members interested to join the regular volunteering programmes?

There is no selection process for regular volunteering programmes but an orientation for new members. Regular volunteering opportunities are open to all Members who are interested, and able to commit for that particular period.

Leaders Programme

What is the objective of Youth Corps Leaders Programme?

We aim to develop lifelong leaders of change who ignite transformation in the society by catalysing collaboration between youth, community service organisations and the wider society.

In the Youth Corps Leaders Programme, volunteer leaders-in-training, also known as Aspirants, will be empowered to design and deliver a service-learning project over a period of 6 months.

The programme is designed for youths aged 17 to 25 years old to achieve the following:

  • Develop community leadership skills through training, mentoring and implementation of a service learning project.

  • Gain insight into national issues and challenges, and the individual’s role in shaping Singapore.

  • Be empowered to lead, advocate and take action on community issues that they are passionate about.

  • Learn to assess community needs and develop partnerships.

  • Lead self and build high performing teams.

Upon completion of their service, the Aspirants are conferred as Youth Corps Leaders. They are provided with multiple development pathways to sustain their engagement and passion for volunteerism.

What is the level of commitment required?

Youth Corps Aspirants will be expected to fulfil the following:

  • Residential Induction Camp

  • Skills-based Training Workshops

  • Undertake a 6-month Community Project

  • Participate in 1 Community Service Event organised by Youth Corps Singapore

How do you apply?

Youth Corps Leaders Programme has a yearly intake in December. To be an Aspirant, register for an account and complete the 'Be an Aspirant' form.

How will Youth Corps Aspirants be recruited and selected?

There will be an open recruitment process. Applicants will have to go through a selection and assessment process to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

Who are some of the Community Partners that you can work with?

Aspirants will be matched with Community Partners that are specially selected based on their organisational track record, ability to sustainably meet clearly established community needs and in providing youths with positive service learning experiences.

For the full list of our Community Partners, please click here.

What happens after completing Youth Corps Leaders Programme?

Upon completion of Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion), the Aspirants are conferred as Youth Corps Leaders and will receive a testimonial. They will be provided with multiple development pathways to sustain their engagement and volunteerism. These include:

  • Projects: Initiate new community projects with our Pay-it-Forward Award (PIFA)

  • Overseas Exposure: Gain global perspectives and learn from international best practices

  • Internship: Intern with Youth Corps Singapore or our Community Partners

  • Volunteer: Take up leadership roles and serve at Youth Corps Singapore community service events or regular volunteering programmes

  • Mentor: Guide and mentor Youth Corps Aspirant teams

  • Interest-based Cluster: Participate in interest-based cluster based on areas of interests

Leaders Programme (Immersion)

What is the objective of Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion)?

We aim to develop lifelong leaders of change who ignite transformation in the society by catalysing collaboration between youth, community service organisations and the wider society.

Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion) is a full-time 10-week youth leadership programme which provides training and on-the-job developmental opportunities. This alternative Leaders programme is designed for youths aged 18 to 25 years old to achieve the following:

  • Develop community leadership skills through training, learning journeys and on-the-job placements in the social sector

  • Gain insight into national issues and challenges, and the individual’s role in shaping Singapore

  • Gain deeper understanding of cause-based issues and social sector

  • Gain the opportunity to plan, coordinate and/or implement activities across different programmes with Social Service Organisation

  • Learn to recruit, manage and retain volunteers

Upon completion of their service, the Aspirants are conferred as Youth Corps Leaders. They are provided with multiple development pathways to sustain their engagement and passion for volunteerism.

What is the level of commitment required?

Youth Corps Aspirants will be expected to fulfil the following:

  • Serve the full 10-week immersion duration

  • 3-day induction programme

  • All training modules, including learning journeys

  • Serve as a Volunteer Coordinator in a Youth Corps curated community service activity

  • Attend a Red Box programme

  • Present their learning at a mini-conference after the 10-week immersion duration

Where can you find more information?

You can find more information about the Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion) here

How do you apply?

Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion) is having a pilot intake in April 2018. Registration will close on 31st January 2018. To be an Aspirant, register for an account and complete the 'Be an Aspirant (Immersion)' form.

What happens after completing Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion)?

Upon completion of Youth Corps Leaders Programme (Immersion), the Aspirants are conferred as Youth Corps Leaders and will receive a testimonial. They will be provided with multiple development pathways to sustain their engagement and volunteerism. These include:

  • Projects: Initiate new community projects with our Pay-it-Forward Award (PIFA)

  • Overseas Exposure: Gain global perspectives and learn from international best practices

  • Internship: Intern with Youth Corps Singapore or our Community Partners

  • Volunteer: Take up leadership roles and serve at Youth Corps Singapore community service events or regular volunteering programmes

  • Mentor: Guide and mentor Youth Corps Aspirant teams

  • Interest-based Cluster: Participate in interest-based cluster based on areas of interests

The Red Box

What is The Red Box?

Set in the heart of Orchard Road, The Red Box is a place for youths to gather, exchange ideas and take action to make Singapore a better home for all.

What can youths look forward to at The Red Box?

  • Support for Youth Leaders keen to effect positive social changes

  • Training workshops to equip youths with useful knowledge and skills to serve the community

  • Participate in hackathons or similar activities to conceptualise and execute social initiatives

  • Grants and consultations with the project mentors

  • Enriching and fun social events organised by fellow youths

  • Talks, dialogues and other engagement sessions to inspire youths to do more for the community

Why The Red Box?

Belonging to Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the renowned red box was a representation of Mr Lee’s love and conviction towards improving the lives of Singaporeans and creating a better Singapore. Similarly, Youth Corps Singapore encourages youths to embody the same spirit of our founding generation - ‘service to the community’ and ‘commitment’, while using The Red Box to rally young Singaporeans to gather, exchange ideas and co-create solutions to serve the community, and make Singapore a better home for all.