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Youth Co: Lab Singapore

Youth Co: Lab in Singapore was successfully launched in 2019 in collaboration with the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development (GCTISD), and Citi Foundation. In order to create meaningful engagements with the youth in Singapore, we have partnered with National Youth Council (NYC) through the Youth Action Challenge (YAC), to drive youth development and broaden outreach to young Singaporeans and youth sector organisations.

 

About Youth Co: Lab

Youth Co: Lab (YCL) is a joint initiative of UNDP and Citi Foundation established in 2017. YCL empowers young people across Asia and the Pacific to create innovative and sustainable solutions to social problems. The mission of YCL is to identify, empower and nurture youth social entrepreneurs so they can help solve the Sustainable Development Goals.

YCL works with three main stakeholders:

  • Young People: to build their entrepreneurial skills and capacities;

  • Governments: to engage with young people and support the policy and regulatory environment;

  • Other partners: private sector and academia to create a supportive ecosystem for the youth social entrepreneurs.

 

About Youth Co: Lab, Singapore

YCL in Singapore was successfully launched in 2019 in collaboration with the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development (GCTISD), and Citi Foundation. In order to create meaningful engagements with the youth in Singapore, we have partnered with the National Youth Council (NYC), Singapore, the overarching national agency that drives youth development and broadens outreach to young Singaporeans and youth sector organisations.  

 

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Youth Action Challenge
 

The Youth Action Challenge (YAC) is a key thrust of the SG Youth Action Plan (SG YAP), organised in partnership with Citi Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through their Youth Co:Lab initiative. It empowers youth to champion ground-up initiatives in partnership with the government, businesses and community organisations, to achieve youth’s vision for Singapore in 2025. The YAC provides the opportunity for youth to turn their ideas into reality through curated workshops and guidance from experienced industry professionals.


An Overview on the Inaugural Youth Action Challenge
 

During the first YAC, youths from different backgrounds came together in teams and create ideas for a better future. In January 2020, 57 youth teams pitched their ideas to a selective and diverse Board, including UNDP and Citi members. The three main themes in the inaugural YAC were - Environment, Job & Future of Work and Societal Issues.

The top 12 Teams for the YAC were identified by the end of the qualifiers and went through various workshops, consult clinics, curated learning resources and other engagements to build and prototype their ideas.

During the YAC Summit, that happened between the 13th 19th of July 2020, different workshops and Pre-Recorded talks/messages took place, as well as 12 teams pitches for the judges, as well as the larger public audience. 3 teams were then selected as Winners and 2 as Youth Co:Lab Champions.

To find out more about the YAC Inaugural Season, please visit : https://sgtechcentre.undp.org/content/sgtechcentre/en/home/blogs/youth-co--lab-singapore.html

 

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 Youth Action Challenge Season 2
 

The  YAC Season 2  was launched in October 2020 and will be running fully digitally until January 2020. As the inaugural season, YAC Season 2 it’s an amazing opportunity for youth to turn their ideas into reality - through curated workshops and guidance from experienced industry professionals. The themes for season are: Mental Well-being, Support for Vulnerable Communities, Jobs & Future of Work and Environment & Sustainability.

60 youth teams are going through this 4-month journey, where teams will be provided with more resources, mentorship and network opportunities through Consult clinics and different training sessions and workshops. Some topics to be covered are Story Pitching, Financial literacy, Impact Management and Access to Capital. Also, they’d get to prepare them for their mid-point and final open mic sessions.

YAC season 2 participants include youth in Singapore aged 15 to 35 years old. YAC season 2 also invited youth entrepreneurs, from early-stage registered enterprises, to participate. These companies have less than two years as a registered entity and must be contributing to one of the event’s tracks through their business approach.

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By the end of the programme, all teams will be pitching their final ideas in a Final Open Mic Session to industry experts and policy-makers. According to their needs, they’ll be provided resources, networks and up to $50,000 in grants to implement ideas, and get the chance to qualify as Youth Co: Lab Champions, an opportunity for aspiring social entrepreneurs to represent Singapore in the YCL Regional Summit 2021, as well as getting a long-term relationship with YCL Singapore-continuous mentoring support,  access to its regional network of industry experts and unique funding opportunities.

Some upcoming relevant dates include: 

12th December, 2020. Mid-point Progress Open Mic: teams would get the chance to pitch to industry experts their progress on their idea.

30th January, 2020. Final Open Mic: teams would get the chance to pitch to industry experts their idea after the YAC programme.
 

Stay stunned to hear from the ideas that will become a reality in the next 4 months!



Partnerships and Youth Co: Lab Collaborations

If you are keen to know more about the Youth Co: lab initiative and would like to explore partnerhips and collaborations, you can write to us at registry.sg@undp.org.

 

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