Youth Corps expands intake in push for more volunteers

SINGAPORE - Youth Corps Singapore hopes to recruit more young people who want to volunteer through ad hoc, short term or project-based ways.

The group, which grooms those aged 16 to 35 to lead community projects and improve society, expanded its programme to take in regular members.

It started recruiting members from the start of July to complement its existing programme, in which "Aspirants", who are selected, must train for a year before they become "Leaders".

In this new track, members do not need to go through interviews.

Officially introducing the new expansion on Saturday at the first commencement ceremony of Youth Corps Leaders, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said a series of "bite-sized" volunteering opportunities were in the works.

"We would like to see more youth come forward to serve...but we know it is not easy to become a Youth Corps Leader because of the few hundred hours you commit," he said.

The expansion might encourage interested youth to progressively take up more commitment later, he added.