NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

Children & Youth-At-Risk Partnership Programme

IMPORTANT NOTE:

*new* Our Children & Youth-At-Risk Partnership Programme has been enhanced for 2019! Here are some important revisions to note:
 

  • Schools that have existing partnerships with NAC-supported Social Service Organisations (SSOrgs) can continue on this scheme.
     
  • Schools that would like to work directly with Artists^ to develop programmes for at-risk children & youth, may submit an application under our enhanced Artist-In-School Scheme (AISS).

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

The arts play an important role in offering young people at-risk an avenue for engagement, and an outlet for expression, growth and reflection. The Children & Youth-At-Risk Partnership Programme supports collaborations between Artists^, Schools and Social Service Organisations (SSOrgs) to provide at-risk children & youth in schools with access to the arts for positive youth development.

Through customised programmes to meet the varied needs of at-risk children & youth, the transformative power of the arts can be activated to increase self-esteem, renew interest in learning and develop positive life skills (e.g. respect, perseverance, teamwork, etc).


Programmes are co-developed by artists, teachers and SSOs and offered to small groups of students (10 – 20 participants) during curriculum time or as an afterschool programme.

EXAMPLES OF SUPPORTED PROJECTS

  • Forum Theatre Programme to address bullying and self-esteem issues in a Sec 2 NT class

 

  • Photography Programme to provide a voice for students to express themselves and create photo stories, which enabled social workers and teachers to better understand them.

 

  • Percussion Programme to encourage students to work together and learn respect for one another by listening and taking turns. 

 

  • Hip Hop Dance Programme for students without a conducive home environment, so as involve them in something constructive and meaningful, to reduce instances of loitering after school hours.

Using the Arts is an effective platform to engage youths at-risk. Such informal programmes give youths a change to stretch their minds, bodies and imaginations in a setting that is less structured, and conducive to informal mentoring relationships with social workers. With the help of the artist and social worker, youths build artistic skills while participating directly in the arts process. This approach is youth-centred. It emphasizes positive experiences that acknowledge their assets. Youths actively participate as resources, problem solvers and community builders, rather than simply being recipients of services.

Yasmeen Shariff, Programme Manager/Counsellor, LCCS

FUNDING

Partners

Annual Funding Quantum

Percentage Cap

Remarks

Artist + School + SSOrg

Up to $10,000 per school per calendar year

90% of qualifying costs*

*new*

Financial Support will be disbursed to the NAC-approved SSOrg


Please note:

  • Schools may choose to submit multiple applications, but will be subject to the annual funding quantum per school.
     
  • Schools will need to co-pay the remaining programme cost and cannot tap on the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise the remaining costs not covered by the grant from NAC.
     
  • *Recognising that arts instruction may be a component of a larger programme, only the arts component will be supported.

ELIGIBILITY

The grant is open to all Primary and Secondary Schools and ITE Regional Campuses who are running programs in partnership with SSOs, subject to NAC’s approval.

ARTS FOR POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT TOOLKIT

To better support artists and educators in planning and delivering arts programmes that encourage values and character development, we have developed a resource guide in consultation with various partners. 

 

NAC-SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANISATIONS (SSOs)

Currently, NAC works in partnership with three SSOrgs:
 

  • Care Community Services Society Singapore
     
  • CARE Singapore
     
  • Lutheran Community Care Services Ltd
     

We are working to expand this list. Updates will be available here in March 2019.
 

If you are currently working with an SSOrg that is not on the approved list, and would like to expand your partnership to use the arts as a tool for positive youth development,  please contact Ms Sharon Chen at Sharon_chen@nac.gov.sg.

INTERESTED IN TAKING PART AS AN ARTIST?

Interested Artists / Arts Educators who wish to be considered for this programme should email sharon_chen@nac.gov.sg with your CV.