East View Secondary School has been onboard the NFTE programme since 2016, taking on the in-curriculum model from 2017. Since then, we have seen three batches of NFTE graduands. As each year passes by, I have the privilege of witnessing the boost of confidence in each student throughout their NFTE journey. The students go through various planned activities that encourage them to speak out, progressively giving them chances to present in front of their class, finally pitching their business ideas within 6 minutes before a panel of esteemed judges.The sponsorship of the business attire brings about a newfound confidence in them as well. It is as the saying goes “Clothes make the man”, the change of the outward appearance alters the way they perceive themselves. This, coupled with their newfound knowledge in business ideation and planning as well as the support from volunteers, results in the shift of their own mindset. They surpass all our expectations and it brings me such great joy to hear them present with determination and self-belief. With each presentation, my heart grows with pride for my students and I will want all my colleagues to witness their growth as well.
What does it feel like to be Spiderman? Kai Hsien wants you to experience it for yourself. Parkour is an increasingly popular activity that appeals to youths, and spotting this trend, Kai Hsien created Flipping Around, a parkour gym that is perfect for young Singaporeans who are looking to dabble in Parkour. It is an ideal place for them to destress and build new friendships over a common interest.
Leadership Development in an Increasingly Complex Society*
No doubt, the primary role of a young person’s development is a parental one. But increasingly parents find that the full development of a child has to be a collaborative and integrated one, very much needing the support and advice of schools and those in youth sector. It is important in this complex society that we have a fresh evaluation on how we do that.
Tong Yee will be sharing about the complexities of changing society, and their implications on leadership development practices. Change is always challenging and can be very difficult for teachers; but it is also imperative that the broader school systems recognise the impact and significance of their work and are able to innovate and evolve alongside global development.
Find Your Congruence
Lawyer, poet, non-profit founder. Amanda Chong seems to be doing it all. In a world that battles for our time and attention, how does she juggle her many hats? Hear from her on what guides her path, what her life compass is, and how she got to where she is today.
Why Wait? Start Now!
Change doesn’t need to be tough and impossible. All it takes is an idea, a decision to make a difference and a call to action. Learn how having a mindset shift is pivotal in taking the initiative to create a culture of giving and encouragement. The time is now.
Punch Above Your Weight
The journey to becoming Singapore’s first woman pro boxer was one fraught with setbacks, challenges & criticisms. Shah had to punch above her weight, her difficulties and critics to become the boxer that she is today. Learn from Shah as she shares handles on how to break through the barriers that stand in the way of our goals.
An emcee, designer and art facilitator with an unabashed love for lettering, Josh has taught calligraphy workshops and hand-lettered a wide range of commissioned typographic works: from weddings, posters to even wall murals.
A 2014 TEDxYouth Singapore speaker, Josh has also emceed for events such as the 28th SEA Games and hosted in front of crowds of more than 50,000 at venues like the National Stadium and OCBC Aquatic Centre.
Josh most enjoys combining his love for design and facilitation and has worked as an artist-educator for organisations such as Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity and the YMCA Y-Stars, a group of young adults with intellectual disabilities.
Starting out on YouTube at the tender age of 14, Joie Tan began her musical journey by posting covers of vocal-heavy popular songs on the platform. Her renditions were met with tremendously positive reception, giving her opportunities to go from bedroom covers to live performances.
A prolific fresh graduate, the 22-year-old is currently working towards her debut album that is set to release at the beginning of next year.
Yuhui is a creative content creator for &whyte, who goes by the username – @Spoiltbytes. After working in an advertising industry for almost a decade, Yuhui decided to dedicate most of her time into the endless pit of social media content creation. She is active on Instagram which she uses the platform to share her dreams, inspirational quotes, travel adventures and her two fluffy cats.
Outside work she also loves to embark on projects that uses design and creative ideas for a social cause.
Yuhui is also the creator behind Actseed Co. where she brings her creative output to life in products. She believes that when you buy something from a designer, you’re not just buying an item but you’re investing into somebody’s passion.
Fann Wong is a Singaporean actress, singer and model signed to Catwalk Asia, an artiste management company from Taiwan.
Her acting talent started since childhood and after just a year in the television industry, her role in Chronicle of Life (缘尽今生) led her to be the first actress to win both the Best Actress and Best Newcomer awards at Singapore’s Star Awards 1995. After gaining regional exposure and
popularity in Asia through various television productions, she became the first Singaporean actress to venture into Hollywood, playing a lead role in the 2003 film, Shanghai Knights.
Fann also ventured into the China market and won the Best Asia Artist and Asia’s Most Popular Actress in China’s 2012 Tripod Awards.
Aiken Chia is a host, actor and producer of Food King by Night Owl Cinematics.
Off-camera, he serves as a young-adults leader/mentor to a connect group in his local church. Internationally, he is committed to humanitarian work specifically in My Family Home, Kathmandu – a children’s home that takes in children who are at risk.
Aiken is passionate about leadership, creativity, psychology, art and music, and social justice.
Ying is the brainchild of Li Ying – elusive, instinctive and arty. Using fabrics as her canvas, she creates wearable art by translating her inspirations and thoughts into one-of-a-kind art pieces using abstract brush strokes dipped in a whimsical watercolour palette.
Ying mentions, “I felt that the market has a gap in the availability of unique pieces, and I wanted to go beyond fashion and inspire. I am a strong believer of how less is more, but adding something exceptional to the ‘ less’ can bring out one’s personality and I hope to use my paintings to do that. Inspired by the everyday, my art always tells stories.”
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Nurshahidah is Singapore’s first professional female boxer and the founder of Juggernaut Studio. She represented Team Singapore Boxing in the South East Asian Games 2015 and her dedication to her craft has helped her progress forward and gain more exposure. Her professional record of 8 wins and 2 defeats brought about her nickname ‘The Sniper’ with 6 wins via knockout. She currently holds 4 Championship belts and was also awarded WBC Asia Female Champion of 2017.
As a strong advocator for women’s rights, she would like to see female boxing in Singapore grow to a higher level, with more women stepping up to the task of being a professional boxer. She hopes to be the source of inspiration for local female boxing scene to thrive.
Isaac’s life’s mission is to use music, media and messages to transform society positively. Having gone on his first humanitarian trip when he was 17 years old to a refugee camp along the borders of Thailand, his life was radically transformed and today he spends his life finding ways to love and serve others. He started his own social enterprise called Colours Global, a company that architects creative solutions to tackle social problems across Asia. They are presently at work with the Singapore Girls Home, helping to rehabilitate youths at risk through music and art, and assisting a NGO in Batam thats seeks to provide a better life for the children living in the slums. Isaac also uses his media platforms to bring awareness about social issues around Asia, and have been featured on both local and international news. He was also a finalist on The Voice Singapore and Malaysia.
Amanda Chong co-founded ReadAble, a non-profit organisation that runs weekly English literacy classes for children and migrant women in a low-income neighbourhood since 2014, with the aim of improving social mobility.
She is a lawyer trained in Cambridge and Harvard, who writes poems on her lunch breaks. A winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, her poetry has been engraved on the Marina Bay Helix Bridge.
Amanda is interested in exploring themes of gender and power in both her poetry and academic writing, which has been published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Her creative work has appeared in Monocle, the Straits Times and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore.
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