Leadership Incubator (LI) is MENDAKI Club’s annual flagship programme targeted at young professionals and tertiary students to help raise awareness and understanding of issues that matter to them, and to provide systematic training and developmental opportunities for them to contribute back to society.
Since its launch in 2010, LI has enabled 250 promising youths to champion various causes and community organisations ranging from education to the empowerment of women.
Many have gone on to start their own projects, volunteer with various community organisations and make a difference in the Community. MENDAKI Club believes that this common journey will strengthen trust and communication between our young leaders, creating strong networks and cooperation as they venture out to champion the various causes that matter to them.
In the spirit of Singapore’s Bicentennial, LI 2019 celebrated the community’s gotong-royong spirit that have uplifted many generations. Themed “Mari Kita Bersatu”, LI 2019 was a call-to-action to youths to inculcate the gotong-royong spirit into our young community leaders and has provided them with a platform to work collectively to tackle social challenges and promote social inclusiveness within the community.
This year, 50 youths completed a gruelling series of 5 development workshops and a 30-hour Hackathon Challenge to ramp up their community leadership skills and put them to the test on real-world challenges contributed by our project partners, that enabled them to explore various societal issues, such as youth empowerment, social inclusion and integration.
The aim of the workshops were to:
LI 2019 Hackathon Challenge
Following the workshops, participants were invited to apply the skills acquired in a real-time hackathon challenge.
The objectives of the hackathon were:
- To serve as a platform for finding simple yet implementable solutions to real-world challenges
- For participants’ to apply the skills and knowledge gained during the workshops
LI 2019 has partnered key individuals and community organisations to provide real-world challenges on issues affecting the Malay-Muslim and wider Singapore community for participants to “hack”. Speakers and project partners include:
- Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Speaker of Parliament
- Mr Henry Kwek, MP, Nee Soon GRC
- Mr Syafiq Suhaini, Research Associate, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute
- Dr Shamsuri Juhari, Research Fellow, Society and Culture Department, Institute of Policy Studies
- Mr Ken Chua, Founder, these(abilities)
- Mr Sahari Ani, Dean, Singapore Red Cross Academy and Senior Director, Red Cross Youth
- Ms Sylvia Chan, Co-Founder, Night Owl Cinematics (SG Youth Action Plan, MCCY)
- Mr Suhaimi Zainal, EdTech Enthusiast
- World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
- SPARK the Next (SG YAP)
In teams of 5, participants went through 30 continuous hours to ideate, prototype, and pitch their solutions to a panel of judges.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
MosqueKita Mobile Application
SPARK the Next (SG YAP)
Post Leadership Incubator 2019
After the hackathon, the teams were invited to work with their project partners to further conceptualise and operationalise their prototype.
The top 2 winning teams, Le Bridge and Majulah, were also nominated to participate in the National Youth Council’s (NYC) Youth Action Challenge (YAC). YAC is part of the SG Youth Action Plan and is designed to support youths to influence policy change and start ground-up initiatives. The teams stood a chance to pitch their ideas to government leaders and receive up to $50,000 in grants. This is a valuable opportunity to channel the energy of our Malay Muslim youth project teams to contribute to the broader national effort.