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To Raise Volunteerism Rates, Better Understand Volunteer Motivations And Patterns

If doubling the national volunteerism rate – from 35 per cent in 2016 to 70 per cent in 2023, articulated by Minister for Culture, Community, and Youth Grace Fu in June last year – remains a goal of the Singapore government, then the finding of the Individual Giving Study (IGS) by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) that only 29 per cent of Singaporeans volunteer (compared to 35 per cent in 2016, marking a drop of six percentage points) feels like an unfortunate step backwards, especially when our understandings of volunteer motivations, of variations in volunteer patterns and especially explanations for the recent dips in 2014 and 2018, as well as of the interventions needed to shift individuals with intents to volunteer to actual volunteerism seem to remain limited. The low national volunteerism rate is even more curious, furthermore, in a country where school-based community service is mandated. Continue reading

Growing Up “Special” In School

Put otherwise: Little is said about our biases attached to being at the top or being “special”, and the extent to which we are comfortable with confronting and questioning our privileges. Continue reading

Call For Interviewees (December 10 to 28): Youth Contribution And Community Service In Singapore

Singapore has a strong tradition of school­ and community­-based contribution or community service, but little is known about how contribution or community service is generally understood by young adults, or the voluntary and civic activities they are engaged in. This qualitative study proposes to explore how young adult Singaporeans understand contribution or community service, and also to describe motivations for and the types of school­ and community­-based voluntary and civic activities they are or were involved in. Continue reading

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