SINGAPORE - Jovial undergraduate Jane may look like any other university student, but she once battled severe anger management issues and had resigned herself to being an "academic loser" who was stuck in the Normal (Academic) stream. Charles, who is currently pursuing a diploma in Information Technology, used to be a truant who skipped more classes than he attended and was at risk of falling in with the wrong crowd.
The story of how these two youths were able to turn their lives around was featured on AsiaOne last year when it adopted Students Care Service (SCS) as its official corporate social responsibility beneficiary, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.
AsiaOne renews its partnership with SCS for a second year this April and will continue to support the organisation as its official media partner. AsiaOne will be running regular features on SCS' students and programmes, and will also host students to educate them on digital media.
Karen Lim, Editor of AsiaOne, said:"It was a rewarding and eye-opening experience for us last year, which has inspired us to partner SCS once again. One of AsiaOne's key strengths is creating awareness, and we have many readers who are concerned about social issues. Through our articles, we hope to inspire our readers to consider how they can make a difference to youths in Singapore."
Mrs Tan-Wu Mei Ling, Executive Director of SCS, said: "We are delighted that AsiaOne has decided to extend their partnership with SCS, especially when we are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. In 2015, we were able to increase the public's awareness of the emotional and psychological needs of children and youth, and the work of children and youth organisations like SCS through the articles featured on AsiaOne."
"We hope this continued support will highlight our mission to develop students' competencies, confidence and character; facilitate meaningful connections with their families and society; nurture a sense of care for others; and guide them to steer clear of crimes, while keeping them positively engaged in school, through the monthly stories. We've served children and youths for 40 years, and intend to do so for the next 40 years with the support of the community, corporate and government ministries," Mrs Tan added.