Young Singaporeans step up to tackle social issues

“If people can bring their own cups for coffee and other drinks, why not create a reusable cup for bubble tea?” she says.

The team developed and refined the cup design as part of their YAC journey. It has a removable handle to replace plastic holders, a strainer to keep bubble tea pearls near the top of the cup so users don’t have to use straws, among other convenient and eco-friendly features. environment.

YAC’s workshops and mentors were helpful in making the cup design workable, she says.

“They taught us to also think about the needs of bubble tea shop employees, and not just from a consumer and sustainability perspective. With this in mind, we have put a translucent strip so that the workers can more easily measure the ingredients.

The team was offered a $6,600 grant to continue working on the reusable cup, but turned it down to focus on their A-level exams.

Still, Ms. Law is grateful for the opportunity. “The experience has been amazing. We learned so much about how to make projects more feasible and desirable in the real world. »

Empowering local youth

Co-created in 2017 by the Citi Foundation and UNDP, Youth Co:Lab aims to invest in young people in Asia-Pacific countries and empower them to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ) of the United Nations through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Youth Co:Lab has engaged over 200,000 participants in 28 countries, nurturing and helping to scale nearly 9,500 young social entrepreneurs and over 1,200 youth-led startups.

As YAC partners, the Citi Foundation and UNDP extend their networks, expertise and resources to empower young people and engage stakeholders to invest in youth-led solutions and social entrepreneurship projects.

To further its youth empowerment work, Youth Co:Lab will hold its regional summit in Singapore in July, where YAC teams are selected each season to participate, meet like-minded young people and contribute to the region.

Ms. Manon Bernier, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, said the YAC “complements Youth Co:Lab’s goal of supporting young people to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs, which is will result in a better Singapore – and a better world – as they bring their impact-driven ideas into reality.

Calling the YAC a unique opportunity for young people, she adds: “It is also an inspiration to governments and key stakeholders in the region looking for new ways to empower and invest in our communities. young entrepreneurs to enable them to achieve a better future. ”

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