Monday, 5 June 2017

Little entrepreneurs with big hearts

To ignite their entrepreneurial spirit, 82 students from 8 YMCA Student Care Centres (SCC) sold their handmade crafts to the public at the Sengkang South Little Entrepreneurs & Family Carnival 2017 on Saturday, 3 June 2017. Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Member of Parliament graced the event as Guest-of-Honour.
Throughout the semester, the students unleashed their inner artists to create art pieces by using recycled materials. To generate sales, they have also developed unique marketing strategies to engage the residents and members of the public at the event. Each YMCA Student Care Centre put up unique items for sale, which included artificial terrariums, dreamcatchers, tissue holders and rainbow loom bracelets.

“We plant the seeds of social entrepreneurship among our young with an aim to instil in them a belief that they can create positive change. By giving them opportunities to get involved and supporting them, we are teaching them they have what it takes to “be the change,” said Ms Lynette Yeo, Assistant General Secretary (Social Enterprises), YMCA of Singapore.

Through the event, the students will learn about teamwork and the value of cultivating a social entrepreneurial mind-set from a non-financial point of view and early informal training into the world of business. At the same time, they will learn the importance of helping others and giving back to the community. Proceeds from the event went towards the less privileged students from the 8 schools.  

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