Singaporean youth come up tops when it comes to enjoying a high quality of life while being able to tap on some of the best opportunities the country has to offer.
But there remains a small group of youth who, because of their circumstances or family backgrounds, are not able to make the most of the opportunities at hand.
Referred to as “Youth At-Risk” (or “at risk youth”), they are identified based on recurring behavioural pattern. In Singapore, these youth may have:
- Conduct issues;
- Peer or family relationship issues;
- Bullying (bully or victim);
- Social difficulties;
- Anti-social attitudes or behaviours;
- Dependence/addiction to cyber activities, drinking, sexual activities, substances etc;
- Incarceration of parents or significant care-giver;
- Criminal conduct; and/or
- Poor response to school intervention;
Reference: Ministry of Social and Family Development
SportCares works closely with social service organisations, grassroots groups and government agencies to actively reach out to youth at-risk in the community; and engaging them after in sport-based developmental, preventive or intervention programmes aimed at helping them overcome barriers to a life of growth and confidence.