COVID-19 Advisory: All activities under PEER will adhere to the latest guidelines prescribed by the Singapore Ministry of Education under the category of "private tuition, enrichment and training" to safeguard the well-being of all participants.
What is PEER?
PEER is a community mentorship programme for youths. Mentors from tertiary institutions and the working world are matched with mentees, comprising students at the secondary school level.
The programme runs from February to July 2022, with engaging activities planned to be held bi-weekly during this period. There will be two concurrent runs of the programme: i.e. in Tampines and in Woodlands.
Activities will be carefully curated to instil the 5Cs of positive youth development:
Confidence, Competence, Community, Character and Connection.
Who are eligible to sign up as mentors?
All Malay / Muslim individuals from any tertiary institutions, and the working world are welcome to apply as mentors.
Do I need to live in either Tampines or Woodlands to be a mentor?
Singapore is pretty small! As such, we do accept mentors living at any location. However, mentors must commit to attending the programme's activities that will be held around the Tampines and Woodlands area.
Is this a community service programme that would allow me to credit community service hours?
Yes, you can!
Will mentoring really help youths?
There has been a great deal of international research carried out on the benefits of mentoring to a young person. Research by Tierney and Grossman and Dubois et al has shown that young mentees are less likely to become involved in criminal activity, addictions or to leave school early.
Instead they are more likely to have improved academic performance and have better relationships with their teachers and family compared to their peers who are not mentored.
What if something comes up with my mentee that I can't handle?
Our mentors are not expected to be counsellors or social workers. They are just people like you, willing to become a big brother/big sister to the youths.
Showing your mentee that you care and being consistent are what counts!
Every mentor will go through training and receive support from lead mentors and professionals who will be available to problem-solve with you. You won’t be in this alone, but will have a team of people supporting your efforts.
Who are the organisers of PEER?
The entire PEER Community Programme is run by a team more than 50 dynamic and young volunteers! These volunteers are grouped into teams to develop the programs, design the mentor training curriculum as well as run the operational support (data, volunteer management and marketing communications). It is an incredibly large scale volunteer-led program and we are more than excited to have you onboard as our mentors!
What is the Young Mendaki Club?
Young Mendaki Club (or YMC in short) is a volunteer-led organisation aimed at organising educational and developmental activities for Malay / Muslim secondary school students across different backgrounds. YMC adopts an experimental, and data-driven design approach of creating structured and scalable programs that complements the efforts by other Malay Muslim Organisations (MMOs).