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More young people in Singapore getting involved in community groups

National Youth Council 'has played a part in growing the youth sector'

Published on Jun 14, 2014 8:01 AM
 
(Foreground, from left) Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth; Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth; Mr Desmond Lee, chairman of the Youth Corps Singapore Advisory Committee, and event emcee Richardo Chua taking a group selfie with the aid of a "selfie stick", with participants of the inaugural Singapore Youth Conference. They are holding up cards with the new Youth Corps logo. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

More young people are becoming active citizens, with nearly seven in 10 involved last year in community groups such as those for the arts, sports or social welfare.

One of the reasons is the National Youth Council (NYC), which has been making efforts to grow the youth sector over the years, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong at the inaugural Singapore Youth Conference yesterday.

And with more than 200 youth organisations in Singapore today, the NYC will be restructured into an autonomous agency under the ministry so that it can become a stronger national body coordinating youth development, said Mr Wong, who is also the NYC chairman.

The council was formed under the People's Association in 1989. But there is a more diverse youth landscape today and reaching groups outside the grassroots sector can be difficult when the NYC is under PA, said Mr Wong.

 
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DIVERSE YOUTH GROUPS

It's useful to take a step back and look at the bigger picture - to see how our various efforts can be better coordinated to complement one another more effectively... and to achieve better impact nationwide.

- Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong

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