Alan Soh

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Campus ChangeMakers

Following the successful model of Young ChangeMakers (YCM) initiated in 2005, NYC is starting a new younger version — the Campus ChangeMakers (CCM) to implement the same model within secondary schools so that more youths are inspired and empowered to give back to society. (Yeah, who says that people should wait until they grow up and start working in order to make contributions back to society???)

I understand that this is the first time grantmaking is done on such a big scale in schools in Singapore.

You may ask, “What’s the difference between the 2 programmes?”

Well, the difference lies in the funding amount and the scope of community projects to be carried out. CCM offers funding of $1.5k per project (or 80% of total project expenditure), wheras YCM offers up to max $3k.

In addition, projects done in CCM have a more focused niche within the school campus community and/or neighbouring community, as compared to YCM’s overall focus on more larger scale projects.

There is about an overall cap of $15k in total CCM funding per school.

Schools in the pilot run (which started in end 2008) were:
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls School
West Spring Secondary School
Riverside Secondary School
NorthVista Secondary School, and
Temasek Secondary School.

Then, the additional schools for 2010 are:
Ping Yi Secondary School
St Hilda’s Secondary School
Pasir Ris Secondary School
Monfort Secondary School
Holy Innocents High School, and
Crescent Girls School.

From the YCM Secretariat, I understand that there is no specific criterion on selecting the schools but the level of interest of the school after NYC has pitched to them the idea of CCM.

What happens is that each school will have ongoing panel meetings attended by trained student panellists who will assess project proposals sent in by their school mates and decide which projects are feasible for implementation and worthy for funding in their campus.

To maintain the sense of continuity and learning between CCM and YCM, about 10 YCM alumni (I’m not involved) are roped in train these new student panellists, sharing their experiences and expertise in grantmaking with the younger generation. These selected student panellists are currently undergoing training this month.

YCM Secretariat is currently planning on schools to be involved in 2011.

I am thinking of getting my alma mater – Yishun Town Secondary School to be involved. Hehe. 😀