Changi Foundation was launched in 2012 to support and reach out to disadvantaged youths, using an all-rounded and holistic approach to address needs and inspire them to better their lives. Working closely with CFS, Changi Foundation identified three areas as strategic priorities – academic education, skills development, and community service.
Changi Foundation piloted projects such as the Seconded School Social Work Model in partnership with Students Care Services and Assumption Pathway School (APS). The pilot produced case studies for learning and development, eventually enabling the Ministry of Education to deploy one social work-trained officer each to selected schools to better support students in difficult family circumstances.
Changi Foundation also supports innovative youth programmes including:
• Youth COP a joint programme by Students Care Service, Neighbourhood Police Centres and schools to tackle youth crime and juvenile delinquency by developing teens to be crime prevention leaders in the community.
• Football programmes such as ACE Football League by Students Care Services and Saturday Night Lights which keep youths off the streets and on the pitch for character development.
• Metta Café which provides food and beverage (F&B) vocational training for young adults with autism or mild intellectual disability by helping these youths achieve self-reliance through employment.
“Changi Foundation has partnered CFS since March 2012. In addition to administering the Changi Foundation funds, CFS has also supported us in many ways. This includes providing their professional assessment of the programmes we fund or intend to fund. They’ve also given us a deeper appreciation of the macro charity sector. This has been tremendously helpful in advancing our philanthropic cause,” said Shirley Cheong, VP, People Team, Changi Foundation.
Photos: Lim Yong Teck for SportCares, Metta Cafe, Students Care Service.