*Scape gets makeover to better serve youth
More structured programmes for young people in the pipeline
Youth community space *Scape is undergoing a $500,000 revamp, two years after it opened. The revamp, which involves bringing in more youth groups running development programmes, will see *Scape focus more on hothousing youth initiatives.
Floor space within the five-storey building in Orchard Link will also be reorganised. On the fourth and fifth levels, a fresh "HubQuarters" will occupy 8,500 sq ft.
Tenants will be a mix of youth organisations offering development programmes like workshops and talks for young people aged 15 to 35. Its 7,000 sq ft first-floor space - previously called Street + Market and used for ad hoc weekend flea markets - has also been refurbished.
Renamed "Underground", it now houses stalls for young entrepreneurs, and re-opened two weeks ago with 31 stalls offering apparel, accessories and shoes.
Young people’s thoughts about the place
TWO weeks ago, The Straits Times polled 50 young people aged 12 to 27 about *Scape. Here are some of the results:
- Most visited *Scape between one and three times a month
- Many did so to dance, visit the flea markets, window shop and hang out
- Of the respondents, 26 said they would miss *Scape if it was gone; 12 said they would not miss the building; 12 said they were not sure
- Asked if *Scape has lived up to its promise as a youth community space, 22 felt that it has, 15 felt it has not, and 13 said they were not sure.
What some of them wanted:
- More shops selling cheaper goods like clothes and accessories
- More flea markets
- A foodcourt
- More cafes for students to sit in and chit-chat
- Something that nearby shopping centres do not have, like a bowling alley
- Lower stall rentals for young entrepreneurs
- Lower charges for young people who want to organise events
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