Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb. Welcome everyone to our first completely digital yearbook! We finally decided to do away with our paper yearbooks for 2018 (which was also Singapore’s Year of Climate Action, coincidentally) and I hope you find this version easier to read and share. We are engaging more youths through more programmes than ever, and it was clear we needed a new digital home that will be our face as we grow our community and programmes even further in 2019. Watch this space!
In 2018, we went all out to connect with as many students and young adults as we could, bringing together the most diverse range of programmes and participants that we’ve had for a long time. We’re working really hard to build a movement that puts the best of our community behind every youth to help them be the best they can be, and we made major moves in the last year to get this mission going.
We re-launched Graduates’ Tea as re:work, recognising that success follows many paths and career success is an ongoing hustle, and piloted our CareerConnections career support network with 4 other youth groups in healthcare, law, engineering and technology.
Leadership Incubator saw its largest and most diverse cohort to date with over 60 participants—the winning team, Bridge Leaders from ITE College East pitched a programme to spread mental health awareness in a way that was heart wrenching, humorous and most importantly, memorable. YMC, which now stands for Young Mendaki Club, is now open to all self-driven secondary school students to sign up for and its career workshops on coding and design skills attracted a good following. Even Mosque Tech Challenge, usually targeted at tertiary and young adult hackers, held side programmes for younger students. So, it was a busy year with many new openings, and we are on a trajectory to continue supporting even more youths this year insha’Allah.
We had another big transition in 2018. Our founding advisor of almost 18 years, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, stepped down and made way for our current advisor, Minister Masagos Zulkifli (who you can catch in the opening video message). Dr Yaacob was instrumental in the creation and formative years of MClub, and he was an energetic mentor who pushed 10 Exco generations’ worth of volunteers to continually do more for the community. We are thankful for his support and guidance over the years and will miss the wisdom and experience he brought. We wish him all the best on his well-deserved break, and look forward to seeing him serve the community in new ways!
Last and definitely not least, I owe a big thank you to the many volunteers whose energy and sincerity make all our programmes possible. Some serve in visible roles in our Exco and many sub-committees, while others contribute in ways invisible to the public eye (some of our volunteers even serve through email and Skype while studying and working abroad!). The impact of our work on youths is a product of your collective effort—we are lucky as a community to have folks like you!
Looking forward to another year of impact.