For Immediate Release
Dated: 12 June 2016
1. 132 post-secondary Indian youth attended the annual SINDA Youth Leaders Seminar (SYLS), hosted at the College of Alice and Peter Tan, National University of Singapore from 10–12 June 2016. Into its sixth edition, this high-energy residential seminar was themed “Collectivising Responsibility and Paving Pathways” and focused on encouraging leadership and a sense of personal responsibility, collaboration and civic engagement to uplift the society.
2. Over three days, participants discussed and explored five social areas— Underprivileged Families and Individuals; Youth and Family Violence; Transient Workers; Elderly and Ageing; and Disability and Special Needs —and proposed practical solutions that will bring about positive change. These ideas were presented to Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of SINDA, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who graced the seminar on its closing day and interacted with participants.
3. As part of the seminar, the youth also undertook a service learning project, where they visited rental and interim housing flats at Spooner Road to interact with Indian residents, and provided residents with groceries and home-sprucing services. Commenting on the house visit, Mr K Barathan, CEO, SINDA highlighted: “The Indian community, just as any other community, has its unique challenges. It is vital that we involve and engage our youth from the onset on societal issues so that they can channel their creativity and resourcefulness towards developing innovative solutions to real world issues.”
4. Over the next few months, participants will collaborate with various Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) towards materialising their ideas and implementing them for the good of society.
5. SYLS participants will also go on to join other programmes organised by SINDA’s youth leadership wing—SINDA Youth Club (SYC). These programmes offer various opportunities for youth to deepen their awareness on societal issues and play an active role as agents of change in the Indian community. Improving youth aspirations and inspiring them towards greater achievements is a key mandate for SINDA. In 2015, SINDA impacted over 1,400 youth through various programmes.
About the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA)
The Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) is a Self-Help Group, set up in 1991 to address educational and socio-economic issues facing the Indian community in Singapore. SINDA actively strives to build a well-educated and confident community of Indians that stands together with the other communities in contributing to the progress of multi-racial Singapore. In the course of fulfilling its objectives, SINDA works closely with many volunteers, schools and grassroots organisations. In the process, SINDA has steadily evolved into a credible organisation that serves as a pillar of the Singapore Indian community. Today, SINDA runs a wide array of programmes that not only improve the educational performance of Indian students, but also promote family harmony and uplift the social status of ethnic Indians. For more information on SINDA, visit the website –
The SINDA Youth Club (SYC), —SINDA’s youth leadership wing—engages Indian youth aged between 17 and 35 and seeks to mould leaders of the next generation. We believe in empowering our youth through various initiatives so as to assist them to identify and act on the aspirations of the community and the nation.
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