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115 young inmates get achievement awards

Lunes, 16 de Abril de 2018 | Asia, Singapur
The Straits Times
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Sentenced to prison for 10 years at the age of 21 for drug-related offences, John (not his real name) felt lost until he was given a chance to work towards a National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA).

Under the programme, he had to stage music and dance performances for senior citizens from the CARElderly Senior Activity Centre.

Inspired by the difference he could make for others, he now hopes to pursue social work for youth at risk after his release.

John, now 26, was one of 115 inmates from Tanah Merah Prison and Institution A4 (formerly Changi Women's Prison) to receive NYAA awards yesterday.

The awards were bronze, silver or gold based on how much time they spent within each of the four components of community service, sports, adventure journeys and skill workshops.

Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and Health Amrin Amin said at the award ceremony that the programme aims to encourage young people to develop qualities of self-reliance, perseverance, and responsibility to both themselves and the community.

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