SINGAPORE – Non-profit organization 4PM turns 74 this year, but has one of the youngest management committees among Malay/Muslim organisations.
Making the observation during her visit to the group’s headquarters at Bedok Reservoir Road on Tuesday, April 26, President Halimah Yacob said such leadership renewal is important and has enabled 4pm to empower and mobilize young people. as volunteers for its activities.
“We must continue to expand opportunities for young people to develop a culture of giving back to society,” she told reporters.
4PM is the acronym for Persatuan Persuratan Pemuda Pemudi Melayu, or Malay Youth Literary Association, which was established in 1948.
“4 p.m. began with the primary mission of maximizing the potential of young people for the benefit of the community,” Ms. Halimah said in a Facebook post after the visit.
“From humble beginnings as a small group of passionate individuals providing lessons for children and cultural activities for young people in the kampungs, 16h has today grown into an organization that focuses on raising the community through education and social awareness.”
During the visit, President Halimah was briefed by 4 p.m. President Nassar Mohamad Zain, 39, on her plans, before joining her leaders to break the fast.
Two 16-hour programs, Ramadan on Wheels and Frenz Mentoring, are supported by the President’s Challenge, which aims to mobilize Singaporeans to build a caring and more cohesive society.
Ramadan on Wheels caters to the elderly and families in need, and in addition to providing them with monthly food rations, grocery vouchers and home improvement assistance, it runs training workshops on topics such as digital literacy for seniors.
Frenz Mentoring helps Technical College students and provides them with resources and opportunities to motivate them. Each year, approximately 40 volunteers provide approximately 200 at-risk youth with mentorship and social-emotional support, and approximately 80% of students remain in school.
President Halimah said she hopes 4pm will be able to expand and strengthen the mentorship program in the future by ensuring students choose courses that are right for them. This would help them maintain their interest while they are in school and prevent them from dropping out.
She also noted that 4 p.m. holds an annual Malay debating competition, and said it helps spark interest in the language among young people and could inspire participants to contribute to the community.
“I hope 4pm will continue to contribute meaningfully to the community,” she added.