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Youths to get more funds for community initiatives under Central CDC programme

Youths who want to give back to society but do not know how to, may tap on funds made available through a programme by the Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) launched on Saturday.

The programme was launched by Mr Sam Tan, Mayor of Central Singapore District at an annual meeting held at ITE College Central.

Under the programme, named Imagine!, $500,000 will be set aside each year to fundcommunity initiatives. Those who are less familiar with community issues will receive funding of up to $2,000 per project, to encourage them to take the first step to contribute back to society. Youths who are experienced in community work and wish to embark on larger-scale initiatives may receive up to $10,000 per project.

The CDC will also provide guidance to youths through mentorship sessions with our District Councillors and volunteers who are experienced in areas of community work. Visits to Voluntary Welfare Organisations will be organised to educate them on the real needs present in the community and to help them build up their network.

Participants will also meet with one another through sharing sessions to facilitate the creation of more innovative ideas.

Mr Tan said: "The youths of today are leaders of tomorrow. In the coming years, the CDC hopes to encourage more of them to play a greater role in our community, especially through projects that help the more vulnerable.