1. The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) launched a mentoring programme pilot today, as part of MSF’s ongoing efforts to support at-risk youths. Named Career Advice and Mentoring Programme or “CAMP” for short, it will continue MSF’s work in partnering the community to help at-risk youths realise their potential.
2. Announced at the Committee of Supply (COS) 2021, the pilot programme will involve students who leave the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) prematurely, and support 100 youths over two years. CAMP will match youths with mentors from industries of their interest, to guide the youths in exploring their interests and career options and facilitate internships or job placements for the youths where possible. In addition, mentors will serve as positive role models that the youths can turn to and pick up useful life skills from. By proactively reaching out to these youths, CAMP aims to nurture our youths to become resilient individuals and empower them to achieve their aspirations.
3. Mr Eric Chua, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), who launched the pilot, said: “We believe that every youth, regardless of his or her background and circumstances, has the potential to achieve success in life, given the right support and guidance. The launch of CAMP today adds to our ongoing mission of working closely with agencies like ITE, passionate community partners like social service agency Trybe Limited, and individuals, in the spirit of Singapore Together, to transform the lives of youths at risk.”
Encouraging professionals to join as mentors
4. MSF is making a call for mentors across a diverse range of industries to participate in this programme. Professionals and leaders from various industries are encouraged to join in this programme to facilitate these youths in exploring their interests and career options and guiding them towards achieving their goals.
5. Industry professionals who are interested in becoming mentors can sign up at the CAMP website (https://www.trybe.org/camp/). Youths or stakeholders working with youths who have left the ITE prematurely may register your interest on the website.