J1 NE Dialogue
JJC welcomed Mr David Chua, CEO of the National Youth Council, for its J1 NE dialogue on 22nd November 2017. It was our honour to have such a distinguished guest speakers to us about the position of youths in our society today. The JC1 students gathered eager and expectant but perhaps not many anticipated Mr Chua to deliver his speech in such a humorous and lively manner. Mr Chua shared with us about relatable issues, often using his experiences in the SAF as examples.
Through this dialogue, our students learned much about themselves and what they can expect in the future. Kelsey Chong Jing Yi from 18S02 remarked that she was glad that she got a chance to hear Mr Chua speak to them about the youth of today. She added, “I’m inspired to contribute back and will definitely be helping in ways I can to ensure our youth remain vibrant and impactful!”
Subsequently, students were given an opportunity to find out more about their personal areas of concern. They voted for a range of questions under topics that pertained to them. Some topics included: “Encouraging Singaporean youths to develop an enterprising and nimble spirit and to have a hunger to learn, experiment & explore new ways of doing things”, “Happiness levels, satisfaction with the quality of life and a sense of belonging amidst increasing demands on Singaporean youth today”, alongside others.
Student councilor Mohamed Nizam Khan from 18S17 noted many learning points: “From the session, I found out firstly about Youth Corps and the National Youth Council. I got to know more about what NYC and the Corps do. In addition, hearing about the experiences from peers of the same age group who were volunteers were particularly engaging and impactful.”
Our students enjoyed this session immensely and the cohort wishes to thank Mr Chua and his companions for taking the time to share with us on issues like job security, housing in future and how youths can contribute back to society: issues that hold such significance to today’s youths who often ponder about what the future holds for them.
Contributed by Gaius Ang (18A03)