25 Jun 2005 SSA Youth Wins Highest Youth Accolade in Singapore
For its excellence in and commitment to community service and youth development, the SSA Youth Division is conferred the Singapore Youth Award (Team) 2005, the highest youth accolade in Singapore.
On June 25, SSA representatives led by General Director Ong Bon Chai, received the award from Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, at the Presentation Ceremony held at the Istana.
The Singapore Youth Award (SYA) confers national honour upon youths in Singapore who have significantly achieved excellence and contributed to the society. Besides giving recognition and commending contributions made by youths in Singapore to the progress of our society, it also serves to honour young people whose achievements in their fields of endeavour and service will serve as an inspiration to others.
The English daily The Straits Times wrote on June 21, “Since it started in 1972, the number of youths who have joined has grown to 7,000. They are encouraged to volunteer not only with Soka, but also with organizations in their school, workplace and community.”
“Excellence of the heart” was what Mr Tan Yam Pin, Chairman of the SYA Panel, shared on their selection criteria for the SYA. Mr Tan commented when interviewed, “It did not come as a surprise to me when SSA was nominated. Though you are a Buddhist organization, I understand that your activities know no discrimination when it comes to extending your helping hand to others. Not only have you extended your reach to society and interfaith groups, you have also distinguished yourselves well as a community who served with a heart. Please continue to do your best, and be passionate about what you are doing!”
Chairman of Community and Youth Services Advisory Committee, Professor Leo Tan Wee Hin, added, “We are most impressed with SSA throughout these years, and in particular, the youth has always been very active. SSA’s spirit of giving to others is praiseworthy as you are not restricted to your own religion. Keep up the good work!”
[The highest youth accolade in Singapore, the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) was instituted in 1975 and was known as the National Youth Service Award until it was renamed in 1993. It seeks to honour youth individuals and team who excelled in the arenas of a) Arts and Culture, b) Community and Youth Services, c) Science and Technology, d) Entrepreneurship, and e) Sports and Adventure.]
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