‘Caltex PAssion for Kids: Drive for Success’ Pilot Programme Equipping Children from Low-Income Families with Essential Life Skills

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‘Caltex PAssion for Kids: Drive for Success’ Pilot Programme Equipping Children from Low-Income Families with Essential Life Skills

November 26, 2012

Five-day workshop drives personal enrichment and offers children keys to success. 


SINGAPORE, 26 November, 2012 – People’s Association (PA), through its exclusive membership card, PAssion Card, joined forces with leading energy brand, Caltex to provide 80 students from low-income families with access to a specially created enrichment programme designed to equip them with life skills. The PA Kiddies programme, ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids: Drive for Success’ aims to inspire learning and give underprivileged children the opportunity to gain knowledge, develop new skills and be exposed to new ways of learning.

The ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids: Drive for Success’ is a five-day personal breakthrough and self-empowerment course designed and conducted by MindChamps, an international award-winning mind development institute. The PA Kiddies programme will culminate with a graduation ceremony on 27 November 2012. Attendees of the graduation ceremony will also include Guest-of-Honour, Ms Ellen Lee, MP for Sembawang GRC (Woodlands).

Through their partnership with the PA, Caltex has worked to support Singapore’s continued focus on education as the key to social mobility and an important social leveler. “Caltex PAssion for Kids allows us to reach out to underprivileged students by providing them with exposure to premium motivational workshops that they would otherwise not have access to. We want to facilitate a potential paradigm shift in the way these students mentally approach their studies and life in general. This is our way of giving back to the community and we’re excited to explore opportunities to continue working with PA and MindChamps,” said John Sam, Caltex Retail Manager, Chevron Singapore.

Working directly with the five Community Development Councils (CDCs) in Singapore, the PA identified 80 Primary Five students through its network. The students, who were selected by criteria set by the Ministry of Education, are under the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) and taking standard subjects in their schools.

The participants will partake in a series of team-building and lecture-styled activities designed to help them go through a self-reflection journey, enabling the preteens to shift their social focus from ‘self’ to ‘others’. This process helps them to overcome mental barriers to academic and social success.

“This is the first time the PA and its PAssion card members collaborated with Caltex to bring joy to needy children in Singapore. Through the PA Kiddies programme, these children will have the opportunity to pursue their passion, and along the way develop strong friendships with each other,” added Ms Toh Lay Hoon, Director (Lifeskills and Lifestyle), PA.

As part of fund raising efforts, $1 from every $50 of petrol pumped was donated towards the programme through a donation drive held by Caltex between April to May 2012. A total of $60,000 was raised to fund the workshop.

Matching Caltex’s fund raising efforts, MindChamps is contributing $60,000 in-kind sponsorship to the programme; providing their leading trainers and designing the curriculum. MindChamps’ Assistant Director of International Corporate Communications, Mr Christopher Minjoot, said, “MindChamps is committed to lifting the standard of education and social responsibility of this generation of students for the future of our nation. We are indeed delighted to contribute our expertise to nurture the young minds of children who would normally not have the opportunity to receive such training.”

The ‘Caltex PAssion for Kids: Drive for Success’ workshop will be conducted at Admiralty Primary School. Details of the workshop as follows:

23-25 November 2012 (Friday- Sunday)

Young Champions
This workshop is highly interactive and is designed for participant embarking on their teenage years to help them appraise themselves, remove any obstacles that hinder their growth and chart their future goals and aspirations.This transformational workshop features various activities including games and reflective time, all of which help to inspire participants to be the best that they can be.

26-27 November 2012 (Monday & Tuesday)

Confident Communicator
This workshop gives participants the skills and mindset to relate to others, enhance their EQ and lead happy and successful lives. In addition, it will feature a simulation of the English Oral Exam (which makes up 20% of the marks allocated for the English paper) so that participants will be fully equipped and prepared for the PSLE Exams

27 November 2012 (Tuesday), 6pm

Graduation Ceremony
Parents, principals and teachers are invited for this ceremony to witness for themselves the results of these transformational workshops and help attendees celebrate the success of the five day programme.

About People’s Association
The People’s Association (PA) was established on 1 July 1960 to promote racial harmony and social cohesion in Singapore. Our mission is to build and bridge communities in achieving one people, one Singapore.  
PA offers a wide range of programmes to cater to Singaporeans from all walks of life - connecting people to people, and people and government.  We do this through our network of 1,800 grassroots organisations (GROs), over 100 Community Clubs, five Community Development Councils, the National Youth Council, National Community Leadership Institute, Outward Bound Singapore and Water-Venture. More information at www.pa.gov.sg and OurCommunity.sg.

About the Lifeskills & Lifestyle Division and PA Kiddies
The Lifeskills & Lifestyle Division (2LD) @ PA was set up in 2000 to deliver new and higher standards of courses in the Arts, Education, Lifestyle, and Sports, at the Community Centres/Clubs and Residents’ Committee Centres.  Courses are a means to bring Singaporeans and residents of all walks of life together to live the good life, and to build friendships and bonding. More information at http://www.lifeskillslifestyle.org.sg/

The PA Kiddies, one of our signature programmes from the 2LD, offers children aged between 5 and 12 years old, a fun and enriching experience during the June and December holidays through a wide array of courses.  The PA Kiddies programme takes an all-rounded learning approach to develop children’s skills and knowledge as well as provide rich opportunities for friendship building and family bonding.  Examples include adventure and sports, arts and culture, baking, enrichment, excursions and science courses.

About MindChamps
MindChamps is an institute dedicated to developing the learning capacity of all young people – from pre-school to tertiary level. Students are trained in the Art of Learning How-To-Learn and the development of their Champion Mindset. Launched as a research centre in Australia in 1998, MindChamps established its world head institute in Singapore in 2002, and has become a leading player in the Singapore education market in the years following. To date, more than 40,000 students have graduated from MindChamps internationally.