Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes (YFC) is a community initiative started by Citi and the YMCA of Singapore in 2003. Funded by Citi Foundation, the programme is a catalyst to promote social entrepreneurship and community leadership development among Singapore youths.
It provides youths aged 15 to 25 with a platform which includes seed funding, training and volunteer mentorship for executing self-initiated projects to raise public awareness, funds and mobilise volunteers for Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) of their choice.
YFC complements the “Values in Action” (VIA) programme as part of Ministry of Education’s Character and Citizenship Education. The youth, comprised in teams of four, will demonstrate values such as harmony, respect and responsibility as they champion their social causes.
The YFC programme empowers participants to be the masters of their own project, working closely with VWOs in Singapore, and gaining first-hand experience in organising events to champion a social cause.
Students get to learn lessons outside of the classrooms to spark their entrepreneurial spirit, and be developed into socially responsible community leaders.
YFC was officially launched in 2003 in commemoration of the centennial celebrations of both Citi Singapore and YMCA of Singapore.
The programme has enjoyed continued success, developing and mobilising more than 120,000 volunteers to help over 156 VWOs raise awareness, as well as more than S$6.5 million of donations in that process.