Through its ELEVATE programme, our partner equips and empowers disadvantaged students at risk of dropping out of higher education by providing mentorship support and community-related work experience.
Students from disadvantaged backgrounds studying at Singapore’s three Institutes of Technical Education often struggle with financial issues, difficult family dynamics and other challenges that impact their studies.
Community Chest, the philanthropic arm of Singapore's National Council of Social Service, has designed "ELEVATE", a 24-week programme, through which students are provided mentorship, financial support and invited to participate in a community social project related to their course of study.
The practical application of what they learn helps boost the students’ confidence and highlights the relevance of their education to “real-life” situations. Moreover, students receive token grants for the delivery of their project, enabling them to manage their financial burdens without needing to take on a temporary or part-time job which could distract them from their studies.
In addition, students benefit from a sustained relationship with social service professionals in charge of the programme. These relationships can act as a key protective factor, enabling students to tide through difficult times without feeling isolated.
One of the students, who worked on repairing and maintaining an air conditioning system at a nursing home, shared his experience: “It was relevant to what I am currently studying. Additionally, I learned soft skills, such as communication and how to help someone in need. From there, I started taking small steps to communicate with my parents and our relationship has become better.”
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