Yellow Ribbon Fund
Launched in June 2004, the Yellow Ribbon Fund is the first and only national charitable fund devoted entirely towards the development and implementation of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for ex-offenders and their families. Yellow Ribbon Fund objectives are to provide financial support for: Rehabilitative and aftercare services, rehabilitation and reintegration support programmes for family members and public awareness programmes. As part of the programmes, the Yellow Ribbon Fund offers the YRF STAR (Yellow Ribbon Fund Skills Training Assistance to Restart) Bursary that aims to provide bursaries to financially needy ex-offenders for vocational and skills training to help them build viable futures for themselves and their families through upgrading employability and self-sufficiency. Since the establishment of YRF STAR Bursary in 2010, a total of 73 students have enrolled in the YRF STAR Bursary programme, out of which, 23 have successfully graduated with a recognised diploma, which significantly enhanced their employability. Thirty-one of them are currently studying with support from YRF STAR Bursary. YRF-Residential Aftercare Support Programme (RASP) and Yellow Brick Road Programme are initiatives to aid ex-offenders and their families.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2019 programme
The funds raised are primarily channelled towards programmes and services that help inmates and ex-offenders reconcile with their families, provides emergency financial assistance, training and education and other rehabilitative initiatives to support ex-offenders in their reintegration into the society. We provide aftercare support for both the discharged offenders and their families. We ensure families rebuild relationships between them and incarcerated loves ones, provide residential shelter for newly released and support financially needy ex-offenders for vocational and skills training with the funds. We also help newly released ex-offenders and their families who may be in dire need of cash as a start-up.
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
We can encourage our young volunteers to be part of our events and understand our organisation’s cause and beneficiaries. We would also encourage them to witness sharing sessions from our ex-offenders and understand how does the yellow ribbon fund aid ex-offenders and their families. As future leaders of Singapore, it is necessary for them to learn the constraints of fund raising for a good cause.