Generation Grit: Forced to be 'man of the house' at young age, he now helps troubled youth

Growing up, Mr Kevin Chia's father was often incarcerated for drug offences. Ashamed of his family, the younger Chia turned to fighting and truancy. After his father died from cancer, he decided to become a youth worker to help other at-risk youth.

SINGAPORE - As a child, youth worker Kevin Chia sometimes found himself having to shield his mother from beatings by his father.

His father, who was involved with gangs and jailed repeatedly for drug offences, often returned home drunk and would beat up his wife over money.

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