Our Nee Soon Central Youth Network is leading a community driven campaign to promote a drug-free lifestyle.
Launched on 21 January 2021 by Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon Central, and Mr Hawazi Daipi, Chairman of National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA), the Nee Soon Central Anti-Drug Abuse campaign is a collaboration between the Nee Soon Central Youth Network, Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), and NCADA.
Roping In the Community
As part of this campaign, 25 new ambassadors will run a youth mentoring programme. All grassroots volunteers participating in this mentoring programme will go through a training workshop by CNB before they assume the role of an anti-drug abuse ambassador.
Under this programme, youths will receive guidance and mentorship towards a drug-free lifestyle. They will also hear first- hand accounts of drug use from former addicts, and the negative impact it had on them and their loved ones.
Grassroots leaders and volunteers from the Citizens on Patrol scheme have also joined the campaign. They plan to increase youth outreach efforts – looking out for youths spending time at void decks or parks, and convincing them to join community activities.
This trailblazing campaign gives young people the opportunity to lead and organise activities, instilling in them a greater sense of ownership, responsibility and belonging.
“We hope that by doing this, more people can see that it [is] a good programme, and there will be more ground-up initiatives like this done in other parts of Singapore,” AP Faishal shared.