A $250k fund established for young smartians: Singapore


Young people in Singapore may now apply for a $250,000 grant to help support causes such as mental health, suicide prevention, and environmental sustainability.
The fund, which will provide between $1,000 and $3,000 to each selected initiative, was revealed on Saturday during the annual Global Youth Leaders’ Summit (July 17). Outdoor education firm Innotrek is funding it, while local charity FutuReady Asia’s Character and Leadership Academy is accepting applications. More than 1,000 young people and 77 participating schools attended the summit hosted both digitally and physically at Serangoon Garden Secondary School.
“This year, we got some of our business back,” Innotrek CEO Tony Tan Tuan Tiong told The Straits Times after the award was announced: “So we felt it would be wonderful to identify a worthwhile cause… and channel (funds) back to the young and their initiatives.”
Mr. Tan expects many candidates to look into mental health and suicide prevention programs since his team has noticed a tendency among young people.
Minister of State for Education and Manpower Gan Siow Huang spoke at the occasion, sharing her personal story of joining the military when she was younger searching for a meaningful job.


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