- NATIONAL YOUNG LEADER AWARD2018 Finalists
Introducing our 9 finalists for this year’s National Young Leader Award (NYLA).
These young leaders come from all walks of life and exhibit everyday influence and leadership, creating positive communities through modelling the way and empowering others to create positive change.
Click on their photos below to read more about their stories and vote for your favourite NYLA 2018 Finalist below!
- ARUNMOZHI VARMAN SHANMUGARAM16, Victoria School
“Leadership is touching hearts, bringing joy and inspiring a common vision.”
Shanmugaram finds opportunities to inspire, develop, and unite people to accomplish the seemingly impossible. As a leader, he models the way for those he leads. In collaboration with Children’s Cancer Foundation, he and his peers created a video to raise awareness about cancer.
Shanmugaram is the Head Prefect from Victoria School. Affectionately known to his student body as Ram, his charisma brings people together behind a cause.
- VANESSA CHEW WEN QI18, Serangoon Junior College
“Leadership is about building comrades and not about gaining faithful followers.”
Passionate about spreading positivity, Vanessa believes that little acts of kindness go a long way. All that is required is for one to have the courage to show that they care and want to make a difference. She has participated in various service learning initiatives, including serving the elderly and being a mentor to primary school students.
Vanessa was the President of Community Champions Council at Serangoon Junior College. She always seeks to make the world a better place.
- SO EE CHENG17, Yishun Junior College
“Leadership is more than a role or workload”
Ee Cheng believes that it is important to break stereotypes and seeks to understand more about those who are underprivileged or disadvantaged. She spends time volunteering with different non-profit organisations as she is passionate about speaking up for those who are voiceless, especially the marginalised communities.
Ee Cheng is the President of Student Leaders in Yishun Junior College. She hopes to provide a different perspective for those who are being discriminated.
- RICHMOND SIN JING XUAN17, Anderson Junior College
“Leadership is about inspiring others and helping them to grow.”
Richmond believes that being in the position of privilege also entails the responsibility of helping those who are struggling, whether academically or helping them to improve their family situation. He spends his free time tutoring students from low-income families, hoping that it will encourage and motivate them in life.
Richmond is the President of Student Council in Anderson Junior College. He is always on the lookout to provide inspiration to rally people to effect change.
- NUR MASDIANA BTE ROSLEE18, The Salvation Army
“Leadership is something that everyone has and can be flourished.”
Nur Masdiana believes that everyone deserves to be heard regardless of their age and we should create safe places for them to talk about their challenges.
Diana reaches out to children whose families are incarcerated and offers emotional support to them. She mainly serves the community through the Children Helping Other Children (CHOC) Ambassadors Programme.
Nur Masdiana is a youth from The Salvation Army. She is passionate about raising awareness of children’s mental and emotional health.
- JUSTINE LAI WEI ZHI19, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
“Leadership is a combination of two whats. What someone believes in and what they do to advocate for it.”
Justine believes that impact starts with one’s beliefs and through acting upon that belief and exercising personal influence, one can make a difference in society. As one who values building her juniors, Justine constantly engages them through dialogues and encourages them to give back to the community by organising various community events.
Justine is the Service Learning Student Director in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Business & Accountancy. She is always on the lookout for opportunities to mentor others, teaching them the importance of giving back.
- CHLOE WEN QIAN MICHAUD18, ITE College Central
“Leadership is leading people to better themselves.”
As someone who believes that leaders should constantly be growing and develop their character through challenges, Chloe sees the opportunity to learn from every experience. Chloe seeks to reach out and build connections between people, especially among the elderly.
Chloe is the Vice-President of the Student Council in ITE College Central. She cares for the welfare of those she leads.
- HAZIQ BIN JAFRI17, Woodgrove Secondary School
“Leadership is a process of leading self and others towards the greater good of the community.”
Haziq believes that everyone deserves an equal opportunity and when we play our part, we can collectively make a difference. He was involved in projects dedicated to giving back to the underprivileged such as participating in food drives and charity events.
Haziq is in the Executive Committee of the Student Council from Woodgrove Secondary School. He often directs his energy towards ensuring the proper welfare of the people.
- EVAN LIM SHOUWANG16, Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)
“Leadership is handing over and sharing a vision.”
Evan believes that leadership encompasses having foresight and the desire to serve.
As a leader, he strives to serve the community and focuses on how he can develop the people around him. He spends most of his time volunteering at organisations dedicated to children or youth development.
Evan is the Head Prefect in Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road). He is passionate about ensuring children and youth have access to holistic education.
National Young Leader Award
The National Young Leader Award recognises young leaders who are involved, engaged, and have conviction in the things they do, regardless of their academic achievements.