After it was announced in 2014 that the National Youth Council would no longer be under the purview of the People’s Association, I expressed some scepticism over its programmes and activities. The letter – “More Than Autonomy Needed for NYC 2.0 to Work” – was published in TODAY, and its director Ng Chun Pin penned a reply, “NYC Committed to Evolve and Build Genuine Engagement with Youth“, a few days later.
Read “National Youth Council 2.0“, and here’s a short excerpt:
Yet I temper my optimism with a tinge of scepticism. As a participant and facilitator for the National Youth Forum and the ASEAN Regional Forum, I was never a fan of the old-NYC’s predilection for large-scale conferences. The inter-faith engagement and the friendships forged were often overshadowed by the extravagant expenses, the confusing assortment of programmes, and the desperate efforts to rush presentations for showcases. The forums were hardly sustainable, in other words. Anecdotally the way community project funds are dispensed through the Young ChangeMakers scheme has been criticised too.
And what about old-NYC’s INSPIRIT, a community that sought to bring “young adult leaders together to advocate for youth interest on national and community issues and champion youth causes”, which was rolled out to much fanfare in 2012. What has happened since then? Has anything significant emerged from the group of 120? Will the Youth Volunteer Corps meet with the same, unfortunate fate? “We want to draw political leaders from all walks of life”, former NYC chairman Mr. Chan Chun Sing said during one of INSPIRIT’s first few (and only) events. “Some might come from this group”.