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Posted 3 months ago

Passion is what drives the Marine Parade Youth Network (MPYN) members to help the underprivileged children in meaningful and sustainable ways. “Education is not just about exams. We look beyond curriculum to inspire the children to make learning a lifelong habit,” says Advay Sudarshan, 22, who is a volunteer with MPYN and also core member of Budding Minds, a programme in collaboration with MPYN. “We want the children to have an all-encompassing exposure and experience that go beyond their syllabus. While doing that, we also focus on nurturing their minds and building their characters,” Advay adds. The Budding Minds @ Marine Parade offers one-on-one customised tuition classes to children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Marine Parade. The tutors – all of whom are youth in their teens and 20s – put in a lot of effort to create relevant, engaging and interactive sessions to keep classes interesting. With a large bulk of our tutors being students themselves, they relate well with the children. Isabel Lee, 19, one of the 25 tutors, shares, “We bond well. We listen to them. To these kids, we are not just tutors. They see us as mentors and big sisters or brothers. They trust and confide in us.” As part of the mentorship programme, Budding Minds also organises Game Days where students and tutors bond outside of the classroom setting. The team also holds regular tutor-parent sessions so both parties can work on common goals set for the children based on their capabilities and aspirations. “We hope their time with Budding Minds will instil in the children the value of pursuing knowledge,” says Advay. #PeoplesAssociation #ThereForYou

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