SMU Caretalyst aims to educate, encourage, and empower future leaders to make a difference through three main community service projects — Project Enrich, Project Illuminate and Project Ai, as well as our annual freshmen event, YOLO.
Project Enrich aims to further the holistic education of underprivileged children through physical weekly outings which will focus on teaching them soft skills such as teamwork and communication while educating them about Singapore's culture and heritage. This project will take place over the winter break.
Project Illuminate focuses on serving the underprivileged children to improve their academics through weekly remedial sessions, and cultivate their character and values through our interactions with them via sports, science, and art activities. Additionally, this project takes place during the school semesters.
Project Ai aims to empower Persons With Intellectual Disability (PWIDs) with various skill sets through weekly activities and at the same time, raise public awareness on special needs. This project happens over the summer break.
YOLO is SMU Caretalyst's flagship event for incoming freshmen, which aims to foster the spirit of volunteerism and act as a catalyst to touch the lives of those in need. In addition to a captivating lineup of activities, participants will be involved in a 6-week Community Service Project - Project YOLO.
- Project Enrich
Project Enrich is Caretalyst’s winter initiative that aims to empower underprivileged children through learning in an outdoor setting with fun and engaging activities to introduce them to Singapore's culture and heritage!
- Project Illuminate
Project Illuminate is an enrichment programme organised biannually during the school semester aimed at developing underprivileged children holistically through engaging them in various academic and non-academic activities!
- Project Ai
Project Ai aims to empower Persons With Intellectual Disability (PWIDs) with various skill sets through our weekly activities and at the same time, raise public awareness on special needs. This project happens over the summer break.
The orientation event offers freshmen a comprehensive experience, which includes heartwarming and enriching community service activities and lively and exciting tele-matches. Besides creating a heartwarming core memory for all of our participants, we strive to bring the Caretalyst family together and make a meaningful impact to our community!
Freshmen will also be involved in a 6-week Community Service Project - Project YOLO where we aspire to empower underprivileged children through learning in an outdoor setting with fun and engaging activities!
Project Illuminate (During Academic Term)
Project Ai (During Summer Break)
Project Enrich (During Winter Break)
- SMU Excellence in Student Life Bronze Award 2021 (Special Interest)
- SMU Excellence in Student Life Silver Award 2020 (Special Interest)
OUR PEOPLE IN ACTION
HOW TO JOIN THE CLUB?
Students do not need to audition/interview to join us. We welcome all undergraduates to be a part of our family and look forward to serving with you!
"I want to serve and make an impact in communities by spreading help, joy and awareness. Nothing is more fulfilling than helping others in need and putting a smile on their faces be it through a big or small action. I also want to grow more as a compassionate leader and broaden my perspective on the different communities. This will be a great way to meet like-minded people and make positive impacts together."
- Yeshada Anand Deshpande, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Year 1
"The reason why I am keen to join Caretalyst is because I am interested in the 2 CSP projects that you have. When I was in polytechnic, the diploma I was in have an overseas community service organised for year 3 students every year. I was grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the volunteering team as I had always wanted to participate in such event. Through the event, I always looked forward to participating in other similar types of community service. I never got the opportunity to participate in CSP projects like those offered by Caretalyst, so I thought that this would be a new challenge for me to take on. And since I am someone who is always afraid of participating or trying out new things by my own, in a totally new environment, I also see this as a chance or platform for me to step out of my comfort zone and meet new people. Not only would I be able to play a part in helping the beneficiaries, it would also be a stepping stone for my self-development."
- Tan Wai Ling, School of Social Science, Year 1
"Project Illuminate was by far one of the most enriching and (of course) fun experience for me in my SMU journey. I got to meet new people of similar interests, tutor naughty but cheerful children and also make them smile amidst their stressful week at school."
SOE: Year 2
"Project Ai was a valuable experience for me, as I found like-minded individuals who were very supportive and giving. All of us worked towards a common goal of bringing joy to our beneficiaries and tried our best to impact their lives in some way or another, no matter how small that might be."
Tan Jit Leng
LKCSB: Year 2
The number of hours awarded differ from project to project. As a general guide, our projects award roughly 50-70 hours.
All undergraduates! However, Caretalyst members will be prioritised and it will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Absolutely not! Just a heart to serve the underprivileged children and Persons With Intellectual Disability (PWIDs)!
For our projects, the beneficiaries we have collaborated with in the past include Life Community Services Society, Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centre, and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).