Youth Co:Lab in Singapore was launched in 2019, by the United Nations Development Programme and Citi Foundation, through Citi Singapore. 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, to ensure that no youth in Singapore is left behind. Youth Co:Lab team in Singapore is part of UNDP Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Darussalam.
Youth Action Challenge
The Youth Action Challenge (YAC) is a key thrust of the SG Youth Action Plan (SG YAP). The YAC is organised by the National Youth Council, Singapore 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.
YAC Inaugural Season (Jan - July 2020)
During the YAC Season 1, youths in Singapore came together in teams and created 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. By the end of the programme, 3 teams were then selected as Winners, and 2 teams were identified as Youth Co:Lab Champions.
To find out more about the YAC Inaugural Season, click here.
YAC Season 2 (Oct '20 - Jan'21)
Due to COVID-19, Youth Action Challenge (YAC) Season 2 was held fully digitally. Just as Season 1, YAC Season 2 was an amazing opportunity for youth to turn their ideas into reality - through curated workshops and guidance from experienced industry professionals. The themes for the season were: Mental Well-being, Support for Vulnerable Communities, Jobs & Future of Work, and Environment & Sustainability. This Season, early-stage youth-led enterprises were also invited to join.
56 youth teams went through a 4-month journey, getting access to several resources, mentorship, and network opportunities through Consult Clinics, as well as various training sessions and workshops. By the end of the programme, teams pitched their projects in a Final Open Mic Session to a board of experienced industry experts and policy-makers.
According to their final scores, grants were awarded (between $5,00 to $50,000 SGD), for teams to bring their projects to reality. 2 teams were also selected as Youth Co:Lab Champions.
To learn more about YAC season 2 click here.
YAC Season 3 (Oct '21 - Jan'22)
The YAC Season went from Oct 2021 till Jan 2022. During this Season, close to 200 youth from 50 teams got the opportunity to learn about the landscape, pick up useful tools and frameworks to help them ideate and evaluate potential ideas, as well as be provided with key resources, networks and up to $50,000 in grants to implement their ideas.
The third season of YAC focused on the following four themes: Mental Well-being, Environment and Sustainability, Support for Vulnerable Groups, and Jobs and Mentoring.
The teams who indicated their interest in continuing their journey after the YAC as social entrepreneurs got also the opportunity to join the Social Enterprise (SE) track, which was coordinated by the Youth Co:Lab team.
Find out more about YAC Season 3 and their journey click here.
Just as Season 2, two teams were selected as Youth Co:Lab Champions, receiving extra 20,000 EUR and 1-year mentorship support from CVC Capital Partners.
Youth Co:Lab Champions 2022
Stick ‘Em aims to make STEAM accessible to all who wish to be technologically literate through their intuitive and affordable STEAM education kits. The kits include 3D printed connectors, disposable chopsticks and an Internet-of-Things (IoT) box to prototype and bring their ideas to life through.
HomePal is an integrated platform that consolidates alerts from various monitoring devices/sensors into a reliable source for fall incidents, allowing caregivers to code-pendently monitor and take actions in emergency events.
Our Anchor Partners
Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) Series Blogs
For the last year, alongside the support programmes, the Youth Co:Lab Singapore team has been speaking to and sharing conversations with youth social entrepreneurs as well as ecosystem enablers through the Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) series blogs. The idea is to create a repository of first-hand knowledge on what it takes to build a successful social enterprise.
To read all our blogs available, visit: https://youthcolabsingapore.medium.com/
Movers in Singapore
Movers was launched in Singapore in July 2020. The Movers Programme is a regional movement of youth volunteers who develop SDGs awareness, entrepreneurial mindsets, and 21st-century skills by conducting localised workshop trainings at the grassroots level. Movers Programme uses a train-the-trainer approach and works with key community partners to target harder-to-reach groups to make sure that no one is left behind. To learn more about Movers, click here.
Our Impact in Singapore
Youth-led initiatives brought to reality by the YAC.
Youth empowered through the YAC & Movers Programme.
Female participation in the YAC Programme.
Felt inspired to take action and make a difference after YAC
Partners in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem
Grants to the Youth-led Initiatives in YAC
Youth Co:Lab Singapore in the Media
The importance of community building has become much more apparent with the ongoing pandemic. To make a case for how startups are using digital platforms to combat social isolation, we met with Jerry Neo, Co-founder of Scratchbac and YAC S2 alumni.
A repository of first-hand knowledge on what it takes to build a successful social enterprise. Some of the key learnings and advice for youth on their entrepreneurial journey, from across the ten interviews are captured here.
To demonstrate how social entrepreneurs are taking the lead to empower youth and students for entry into the workforce, we spoke to Felix Tan, Co-Founder of Skilio — a one-stop, pedagogy rooted, and data-driven soft skills development platform.
Many social enterprises are playing a key role in achieving food security and sustainability. We met with Suzanna Tang, Founder of Urban Origins — a sustainability-focused marketplace serving locally sourced foods and produce in Singapore.