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Our First Few Visits to 4PM

First Visit (19th Sept. 2018):

After doing our initial research and investigation at school about 4PM, we had a general overview and idea about what 4PM does for the local Malay community in Singapore. During our first visit to the 4PM location, we further inquired into our investigation about the mission of 4PM. We learned that they are Malay youth literary association that strive to develop community through education. We also learned that:

  • They encourage the spirit of volunteerism which continue from generation to generation
    • Volunteering based on the needs of people that they are helping
    • They encourage sacrifice – dropping everything to help someone else in need
  • They want to inspire change in their community

Youth:

  • They have multiple programs, including the kindergarten (who are going to be our main partners for this service). However, their main program targets Malaysian youth at risk in Singapore
  • They give a platform for youths to have a voice and support them when experiencing peer pressure, family pressures or financial issues
  • They identify kids whose grades are not as good as they could be because of the course that they are forced to be apart of, and create an alternative for students
  • They motivate them to continue to work hard in school (they focus on team building and fun activities to break the barrier between teacher and students)

 

Second Visit (26th Sept. 2018):

In our second visit we talked to the leaders of the 4PM kindergarten, Alfidah and Almira, to get some more relevant and specific information about the partners we are going to work with. We found that:

  • An average day for a student comprises of: 6 classes, 2 classes per college, assigned classroom, youth at risk (follow up and attract them back)
  • The center operates from 7am to 7pm
  • Children’s ages range from 2-6 years old (40 altogether)
  • 75% comes from Low income, don’t have support from home
  • Majority are Malay students, speak Malay but they also speak English
  • K2 Class: 12, K1 Class: 12 (3 of which are girls), M2: 8, M1: 5, PG: 2
  • They strive to enhance: language skills, pronunciation and usage
  • The leaders wish to see the kids being more active, expressing themselves through speech and drama
  • Storytelling as part of drama: expose to different genres
    • As a service, we will be helping to achieve their goals of enhancing their confidence and performance skills
  • They want to ensure safety of the children by creating a comfortable environment for them to learn and grow

 

Introducing 4PM Service!

Who are 4PM?

4PM is a service in Singapore that does a lot to help the local youth in Singapore whether they are at risk, stem from low income families or have parents/guardians who work long hours and are unable to take care of the children during the weekdays. They provide support to a lot of families through their literary association or their childcare program which is crucial to the community. If you wish to learn more about 4PM, you can access their website and explore some of their past community events in this video

 

What can we contribute to 4PM?

We are all Grade 11 Students at UWCSEA East and have been a part of the school’s service program for several years. Our skill set is mostly specific to the arts such as Music, Theatre and Dance. We began to Investigate by visiting 4PM’s centre in Bedok. These meetings have helped us assess the needs of the association’s child care program and adjust our skill set to the needs. We have decided to begin by familiarising ourselves with the kids by building a relationship through icebreaker activities then moving towards building the kids’ self esteem through storytelling to contribute to the ultimate goal of collaborating on a short drama performance with music and dance elements

Important links:

Group action plan

4PM Facebook page

4PM WEBSITE

 

 

 

Initial Group Discussion and Investigation

In our first meeting our initial plan of action was to investigate into the issue at hand and to familiarise ourselves with our group members. We were aware that the community we were organising for was low income families in Singapore. To effectively organise and raise questions for the group, we had to first acknowledge our particular skill sets. In a group of around four people, we listed out several qualities that defined us – for example skills such as being a critical thinker and caring – and activities that we enjoy doing so that we could integrate them into our activities with the kids of 4pm.

The next stage was to collate questions regarding low income families in Singapore. These were questions we wanted answered in order to better understand the community we were working with and how we could best adapt our activities and planning to meet their needs. These were questions that we were going to ask the 4pm group when we met them in the following week. For example, one question was, “what do the kids enjoy doing”. The answer to this question was critical in the ongoing planning and further investigation stages in order to adapt our activities to the kids and to make sure that they were enjoyable yet at the same time the most appropriate to what 4pm wanted to achieve from working with us. After this, we wrote down the four methods of investigation: observation, interviews, surveys, and media. From these methods of investigation, we placed our questions into their respective categories which then gave us a starting point on how we would proceed to get these questions answered.