New volunteer youth corps to be set up

A new volunteer youth corps will be set up to give young people more opportunities to work in the community.

There will also be resources like allowances for young Singaporeans who take time off to do community service full time, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day Rally Speech on Sunday.
Mr Lee noted that there are many young people doing good work in the community.

And he paid tribute to Singaporeans who have contributed in their own way, whether it was during the haze episode in June, or in volunteer projects overseas.

The government, he said, will do more to help those who want to serve.

Mr Lee said: “We want to encourage more young people to build a better world, and a better Singapore. You are our future, you’re idealistic, full of energy and passion. Go forth, change Singapore, change the world, for the better.”

The new volunteer youth corps will give young Singaporeans, especially those in polytechnics, Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs) and universities, more opportunities and funding to run community projects.

And for those who intend to contribute full time, there’s help coming in — in the form of an allowance.

The youth corps will also match volunteers with critical needs in the community, which is especially important for those who are starting out.

Mentors will also be available to guide and advise young volunteers.

Source: CNA