On the 11th of December 2020, the eight finalists of our National Young Leader Award (NYLA), Ashley Sudjono, Edena Goh, Haziq Nalpon, Javier Ng, Kelyn Chan, Nicole Teo, Wang Shi Qi and Ong Yu Teng came by our office for the last stretch of their NYLA journey.

The National Young Leader Award was launched to recognise young leaders who are involved, engaged, and show conviction in the things they do, regardless of their academic achievements. Amidst all the twists and turns this eventful year has taken, the eight young leaders have shown great resilience in coming so far in the NYLA journey.

Here, they were interviewed live by our panel of industry professionals as part of our winner selection process. With the restrictions of COVID-19 still in place, what was previously a live event was livestreamed across Singapore. People from all walks of life tuned in to this very evening, where conversations surrounding the future of leadership, hopes and dreams unravelled before our eyes from the NYLA stage.

The eight shortlisted finalists have proven themselves as leaders defined not by badges but by their actions and initiatives to serve and lead in their community. The three winners of the night were Javier Ng from ITE College Central, Ashley Isabel Sudjono from Methodist Girls’ School, and Ong Yu Teng (formerly) from Nanyang Girls’ High School. As the night came to a close, the three NYLA winners were ready to kickstart their three-month mentorship and could plan how they would like to utilise the resources made available to them to catalyse and incubate their projects to further positively impact the community.