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Youth United Impact Study- Beyond Social Services

In Facts and Figures, Reports, Resources by Vairam

In Singapore today, 26.65% of households have incomes less than half of the national median income. Families in 276 public rental housing blocks across Singapore are also getting by on a gross monthly income of $1,500 and below – just enough to meet their daily basic needs.

In helping these families, non-profit organisation, Beyond Social Services (Beyond) remains true to its conviction that the community plays a key role. Over the past eight years, Beyond has been creating their own community development model, which takes on a whole-of-society approach and emulates key practices from around the world.

To measure the impact of their work thus far, Beyond embarked on a study with Blackbox Research to evaluate the effectiveness of its approach and the efficacy of a community development approach.

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Strengthening Communities in Low-Income Families in Singapore

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author(s): Members from LKYSPP, Ng Lin Kai, Chua Hui Chee, Xiong Hao Ming, Mohammed Masrahi

46 in-depth interviews with households in low-income neighbourhoods were conducted to find out how local stakeholders (such as Beyond Social Services, Resident’s Committee, Family Service Centre, and the community residents) can best support low-income families to integrate into the larger community. These interviews analysed the relationships between individuals (micro) as well as between community stakeholders (macro).

The macro analysis revealed that there were problems with community stakeholders collaborating with each other, problems with the representativeness of community leaders and that sources of funding decided the bargaining power of stakeholders. The micro analysis revealed that there was a lack of effective platforms needed to bridge segregated social networks, a lack of meaningful activities and emotional support to bond residents.

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How Beyond Social Services scheme gets rental block residents to help one another

In Media mentions by Sam

In Straits Times newspaper Nov 21, 2018:

“It is such strong neighbourly ties that Beyond Social Services hopes to foster through its Youth United Programme. It facilitates the building of relationships between rental block residents through activities and common interests and through such ties, residents come together to tackle their neighbourhood’s and their own issues.”

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Youth and Social Interaction

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author: Tan Jiang Ling Germaise from Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Having problems with social interaction and relationships has been shown to be linked with aggressive verbal and physical behaviour. This kind of behaviour is one of the risk factors for delinquency in youth. In 2011, this paper discussed an intervention program that helps youth develop awareness of their social interaction styles as according to the DiSC Personality Test. With this data, Beyond Social Services uses these profiles to focus on a strength-based model when working with at-risk youth.

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Children and Young Persons Act

In Archive by Sam

Author: Beyond Social Services

In 2010, Beyond published a report on recommendations that should be incorporated into the proposed amendments of the Children and Young Persons Act. It focused on the inconsistencies present throughout the sections of the bill and aspects that should be added into it. For example, in regards to the New Section 8A, Beyond notices that it gives more power to executives concerning the need for child protection and should thus be questioned and made more specific.

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Round two of feedback of the Children and Young Persons Act then looked at the amended bill that was introduced during the parliamentary session. It focused on areas in which are ideas were taken into consideration, areas in which improvement should still be made, and new areas that were added and should be revised. Overall, the efforts of Beyond’s advocacy emphasised how weaknesses in our child protection system lie in the inability of the state, the families, the communities and voluntary work organisations to work together towards a vision.

Historical Influences in Child Law

In Archive by Sam

Author: Samuel Tang

This report from 2009 talks about the influence of historical practices on the evolution of child laws and how family rights are treated in accordance. It finds that people have different thresholds of what is and what is not acceptable in families and thus the concept of abuse is a socially defined phenomenon. The public response to the injustices of child abuse has been insufficient in rooting out the real problem of child abuse and it marginalised certain class structures instead. Psychological findings can categorise good and bad parents without understanding specific circumstances.

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Uncovering Community Visions

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author: Beyond Social Services

Beyond Social Services believes in a strengths based approach when improving the conditions of youth and their families. One of the first steps in achieving this is through uncovering a community vision. The Youth United team in Ang Mo Kio sought to find a community vision among the people they worked. This paper documents the process of uncovering this vision through the team in AMK in the hopes of kick-starting future projects.

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