Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As of October 2020, such programmes are able to hold activities with up to 50 people in an area. Hence, we will hold mass activities online (via Zoom) to abide by the guidelines, and at the same time, conduct smaller-scale offline sessions, where possible, to build bonds between mentors and mentees through in-person interaction.
Q 1: What are the activities planned for the programme? Do mentees have to take part in all?
A: Our activities are categorised into three types:
Full Group Activities, where everyone participates together
Gender-Specific Activities, where mentors and mentees are split into different activities based on gender
Squad Outings, where mentees and mentors plan their own activity for the day
We have a range of activities planned including Rock-Climbing, Art Jamming and Laser Tag. We highly recommend for you to attend all the activities planned to benefit fully from our programme.
We will allow students to miss certain sessions if they face extenuating circumstances (e.g. illness, family emergencies, etc.). However, as a guideline, participants should not miss more than 2 sessions.
Q2: Why do you have Squad Outings?
A: PEER is modelled after a successful mentoring programme in Los Angeles organised by the Youth Mentoring Connection. Running over 20 years to date, the programme has shown amazing academic and developmental outcomes for their participants. We learned that the mentees showed greater connection to the programme when they were able to plan and do activities related to their interests. Similarly, we hope to make PEER a space for mentees to freely explore and discover more about themselves.
Q3: Why do you have Gender-Specific Events?
A: In our preliminary research, we conducted focus group discussions with secondary school students (potential mentees) and adults (potential mentors) and learned that they prefer some time with their own gender so that they can have a safe space to talk about more personal issues.
Q3a: Why are there two activities (e.g. on 20 Feb and 3 Apr) during Gender-Specific Events?
A: We have two activities so that we abide by the latest COVID-19 restrictions, which allow only 50 participants to be involved at a single venue. Each activity will hold 30 participants at one time. Each set of participants would rotate across the other available activities on the following date so that they cover all the available activities during the programme.
Q4: What is the difference between PEER @ M³ Tampines and PEER @ M³ Woodlands?
A: The only difference is the type of activities as we organise them based on the activities available in the location. However, the format and objectives of both programmes are the same.
Q5: Which programme should I/my child sign up for?
A: The activities are organised such that they are made accessible for our participants. Therefore, we recommend that you sign up for the programme nearest to your residence for your convenience.
Q6: Who are the mentors? How are they selected?
A: Our PEER mentors are selected from a voluntary pool of university students and young working adults from various academic backgrounds. Selected mentors were interviewed and passed a comprehensive set of selection criteria. Selected mentors also have to go through training sessions to equip them with the right skills to mentor.
Q7: How does mentoring help me/my child?
A: Mentors are there to listen to you/your child, support and encourage them in achieving their goals. Having a mentor can help to raise your child's confidence, self-esteem and may lead to better performance in school.
To learn more about our Mentoring Process and the benefits it can have on your child, please visit our Parents/Guardians page here.
Q8: What is the Young Mendaki Club?
A: YMC is a volunteer-led organisation aimed at organising educational and developmental activities for Malay/Muslim secondary school students from all backgrounds. YMC takes a unique approach by being data-driven, creating structured and scalable programs and complementing existing programs in other MMOs. Get to know the team here!
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Q9: What is M³?
A: M³ (pronounced M cube) is a collaborative effort between Muis, MENDAKI and MESRA to harness each other's strengths and resources. Young Mendaki Club leverages on this platform to provide better resources and services for PEER Community Programme, as well as our other initiatives. For more information on M³, visit their website here.