As part of Raleigh Society's continuous effort to serve the Singapore youth community and develop the learning capacity of our volunteers, the Society embarked on a mentoring project with Jamiyah Children Home between April and October 2005. This was led by Bernice Lee, Lee Eer Ling and Tay Chiew-Boon. The project, Rakan Raleigh, involved 2 groups of youths – 30 teenage youths from Jamiyah and 15 young working adults, who volunteered as mentors to the teenage youths.
The project brought the mentors and the teenage youths together through a series of adventure-based activities such as dragon boating, treasure hunt, rock climbing, obstacle courses, and an outdoor camp.
During this six-month outreach program, the working youth volunteers developed friendships with the teenage youths based on support and trust; and acted as their mentors as they go through a series of adventure-based learning activities which were aimed to improve self-confidence, self-esteem, promote sense of achievement, develop leadership and social skills, and foster sense of belonging and teamwork. The passion and desire to make a difference in someone else’s life was the cornerstone of this project. Our mentors serve this cornerstone. By providing adequate training, we want our volunteers to be life-long mentors to touch more lives. For the youths, they may one day be effective mentors and role models to other disadvantaged youths. That will be the real success factor of this project.