SINGAPORE – A new online portal supported by the National Youth Council (NYC) will be launched in the first quarter of next year, which will connect youth with 1,000 mentors from companies like Facebook, Prudential and Unilever.
The WeConnect portal, now available in beta, is part of the Mentoring Alliance for Action (AfA), which aims to develop common resources and raise mentorship standards in Singapore.
More than 200,000 young people between the ages of 17 and 25 are expected to benefit from the AfA’s guidance, which is co-led by New York City and the nonprofit Mentoring Alliance.
They will be able to receive advice from mentors about educational paths they can take and how they can grow in their professional and personal lives.
Speaking at a virtual post by pairs of mentors and trainees on Tuesday evening (November 23), Minister of State for Culture, Society and Youth Alvin Tan said: “As mentors, we have gone through certain life processes. By sharing these experiences, trainees can learn from them and hopefully not make the same mistakes. “.
Mr. Tan, who is also a consultant to Mentoring AfA, was speaking to an audience of about 400 people, including young working professionals and students from institutes of higher education (IHLs), polytechnics, and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
Mr. Tan and Mr. Clarence Cheng were one of three pairs of mentors and mentors who shared how each influenced each other’s lives for the better. The two have known each other for about 10 years, having met while volunteering among Chinatown residents.
Mr. Cheng, 26, an assistant manager at the National Center for Charity and Volunteering’s Good Company, said Mr. Tan was always available for advice, whether it was while he was in the National Service or furthering his studies at university.
When its enhanced version is officially launched next year, WeConnect will be an integrated platform that will make it easier for both young people and potential mentors to participate in mentorship programs.
It will include lists of organizations with current mentoring programs such as those run by the non-profit Consulting Singapore as well as private sector employees who have volunteered to share career advice and ideas about their work experiences.
New York City said that since the launch of the AFA mentoring program in March, nearly 180 organizations and professionals have pledged their support and interest in joining.
Singer-songwriter Annette Lee, 29, who was one of the trainees at Tuesday’s session, said, “Having a mentor around… is perfect because I have someone next to me who is accountable to them and keeps me grounded.”
Ms. Lee thanked her mentor, Mrs. Karen Lim, Director of Music at New Creation Church, saying, “Whenever I need to discuss new songs or get ideas for a project I’m working on, there’s always someone to turn to.”