The Education Post has recently published an informative article on Nurturing Social Minds, noting that YFP is looking to “change the paradigm”:
Launched initially in 2013 as a two-year pilot programme, the current intake is capped at 25 per class. This may increase and, subject to further discussions, the concept may also be extended to other local universities.
In part, this reflects a growing interest on campuses and in the wider community in the work of social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy. It would also allow YFP to continue “building capacity” in line with its stated mission of promoting education and assisting a range of organisations dedicated to finding innovative or preventive solutions to social and environmental problems.
A key element of the course sees students going out to work with pre-selected social ventures, with the expectation that they “get their hands dirty”. The participating organisations focus on schemes like barrier-free schooling for individuals who are wheelchair-bound or hearing-impaired, improving care for the elderly and encouraging children from better off families to ask for a donation to charity in lieu of an overpriced birthday present.
You can find the full article here.