Makeover for *Scape to attract more youth

Makeover for *Scape to attract more youth
Two youths practising some techniques in freestyle soccer at *Scape in Orchard Road.

SINGAPORE - A popular Orchard Road haunt called *Scape, where the youth hang out and showcase their talents, will be revamped, in a move to make it a more appealing place where young people can pursue their passions.

Among the changes in store are the way the space is used, the mix of tenants and new programmes in music and media.

The impending makeover is one of three strategies in a government plan to update and strengthen the infrastructure to bring young people together and empower them to do good.

The second is to introduce more youth spaces islandwide and expand programmes for them with partners, such as Outward Bound Singapore (OBS), which organises outdoor learning activities for students.

The third is to restructure and strengthen the National Youth Council (NYC) as a national body overseeing youth affairs.

In announcing the three measures yesterday, the fifth and final day of the debate on the President's Address, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong pledged to redouble efforts to engage youth.

He said: "We will do more to support the aspirations of all youth. We will equip them with vital life-skills and help them discover their calling and passion.

"We will enable them to create their own ground-up initiatives, go for their dreams in diverse areas, and lead fulfilling lives."

*Scape, conceived by youth 10 years ago and opened in 2010, is a popular youth hangout, he said.

It attracts an average of 440,000 visitors a month, according to his ministry.

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