6TH OCTOBER 2018:
SOWOKE YOUTH SYMPOSIUM -
Empathy in progress
On the afternoon of 6th October 2018, Club2Care collaborated with Sree Narayana Mission to successfully conduct a Youth Symposium, titled "So Woke: Empathy in Progress". It was a lively afternoon comprising of breakout sessions and dialogue exploring current social issues of "Identity in ageing and social inclusion", "Myths of mental health", "Elitism and social mobility" and "Racial and religious harmony". These issues were explored within the prism of Sree Narayana Missions's four universal values of Truth, Compassion, Peace and Righteousness and centered around the symposium theme of Empathy and its role in the progress of our nation.
The event had the enthusiastic support of other partner organizations the Young Sikh Association (YSA), Hash.peace, Jamiyah, Striking Pixels and Singapore Kindness Movement, and saw the participation of over 100 youth volunteers. Club2Care's own youth volunteers facilitated the breakout session on Mental Health, where the universal value of Truth was explored in relation to experiences and perceptions of reality for people with mental illness. Through probing role-play case scenarios and club2care volunteer Vijay's sharing of his lived experience, participants confronted their own feelings and assumptions on people with mental illness, and gained insight on providing support with kindness and empathy.
The second half of the symposium began with a sharing session between the breakout groups. The 3 youngest participants from Club2Care's breakout group volunteered to speak and earnestly shared about the challenges they had been exposed to in interacting, understanding and supporting people with mental illness. Their sharing was followed by a panel discussion with representatives from all of the partnering organisations, in which Club2Care was represented by one of our volunteers. Mr Khairil Sianipar moderated this engaging discussion which focused on volunteering and empathy. There were also many insightful comments and questions from the audience which generated a lively dialogue.
Club2Care is proud to have supported and contributed to the success of this inaugural youth symposium. We look forward to more such events and partnerships in the future, as we aspire toward our vision of ensuring the sustenance of a mentally healthy community.