Influence is the potential found in everybody and we have the ability to inspire the people or create a change in things that are happening around us. However, we often fail to realise that influence still happens even through the smallest things when we don’t intend to.

At NYLD we’re letting you stand on the definitive line of influence. The line between the groundbreaking and the apathetic. The power of influence has always been in your hands – dormant, untapped – but which side will your legacy be found?

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.
Isaac Ong
Nurshahidah Roslie