RP social enterprise wins Citi–YMCA Youth for Causes distinction award

01 Apr 2016



  • RP social enterprise wins Citi–YMCA Youth for Causes distinction award

    RP social enterprise wins Citi–YMCA Youth for Causes distinction award

  • RP social enterprise wins Citi–YMCA Youth for Causes distinction award

    RP social enterprise wins Citi–YMCA Youth for Causes distinction award

A student-led social enterprise by Republic Polytechnic (RP) has won one of seven distinction awards at the 2016 Citi–YMCA Youth for Causes (YFC) programme.

Helmed by students from the School of Management and Communication, Project Carnation involved a total of 34 RP students and staff from across various schools and corporate offices.

The initiative was awarded the YFC Distinction Award by programme organisers Citi and YMCA Singapore in recognition of their “outstanding efforts, planning and execution” throughout the course of YFC 2016.

Based on the principle that disability does not equate to inability, Project Carnation champions the social inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities.

It also aims to encourage volunteerism and improve the quality of life for disabled individuals through steady employment with four local voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) that serve people with disabilities. They are: the Society for the Physically Disabled, Friends of the Disabled Society, Mouth & Foot Painting Artists, and the Community Chest.

The students first started preparing their proposal in February 2016. They were later shortlisted as one of the 100 student social enterprises after a successful proposal pitch in April 2016 and received $1,600 in seed funding from Citi Foundation to champion their social cause.

They were also given just half a year to implement Project Carnation, which proved to be a trying time for all the students involved.

They juggled Project Carnation activities in addition to academic, extracurricular and work commitments, spending a significant amount of time especially on canvassing the support of industry partners and other RP students and staff and managing their various expectations.

Nevertheless, the students managed to deliver on all their stakeholder commitments thanks to their perseverance and resourcefulness.

They also recruited nearly 100 volunteers and advocated their cause to over 15,000 people.

Likewise, they succeeded in securing sustainable income sources for all four of their chosen VWOs and helped raise more than $20,000 too.

In addition to the YFC 2016 Distinction Award, the students also experienced much personal growth as well as gained a lot in social entrepreneurship experience and many transferable skills.

For more information on Project Carnation, please contact Mr Ken Toh.