The nation's highest accolade for youth, the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) honours exceptional young people who enrich the hearts and souls of the community and bring distinction to the nation.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE SINGAPORE YOUTH AWARD (SYA) 2018 HAVE CLOSED.
Established in 1975, the SYA focuses on both individuals as well as teams who inspire youth to boldly create possibilities for the good of the community. The SYA recognises the excellence of young Singaporeans everywhere: the young people who have vision, a "can-do" attitude towards challenges, a "never-say-die" spirit in the face of adversity, the courage to "walk the talk", and the passion to "serve by doing". These are the young men and women whose stellar achievements and selfless spirit have helped to make a better world for all.
These are the icons of inspiration we recognise and celebrate. These are the pride of our nation. The Best Of Youth.
Read about our 2017 Singapore Youth Award recipients below.
As Singapore's only traditional Malay dance scholar to date and the only Singaporean recipient of the Choreomundus Scholarship awarded by a European consortium of universities, Noramin continues to push boundaries to stay relevant in the evolving traditional Malay dance landscape. For juggling multiple roles as a choreographer, researcher and conservationist of Malay dance, he was awarded a triple scholarship to pursue his PhD from the prestigious Royal Holloway College, University of London.
For Noramin, it was a stint with a cultural dance troupe in 2001 that flourished into a lifelong love for traditional dance and cultural arts. Since then, his passion has inspired him to think, explore and create iconic works that have helped him showcase the beauty of Malay culture to a wider global audience. As the co-founder of DIAN Dancers and Bhumi Collective, he regularly collaborates with artistes from different backgrounds to create innovative new works. Some of his famous projects include Touch: Identite (2014), where he teamed up with leading street dance choreographers and sonic artists for a fusion of tradition and pop; and Ikan Girl, combining contemporary Malay dance with creative elements of the Bharatnatyam genre. In 2016, he produced Ekspresi, which brought together artists from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to celebrate the exotic diversity of Malay culture. In the same year, his multidisciplinary work, Bhumi, produced in collaboration with Singaporean and British dancers, was showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Noramin engages the youth through public talks and lectures, which gives youths insights on pursuing their aspirations in the arts. He also regularly mentors budding Malay dancers in schools, who went on to clinch scholarships and awards in the arts.For his undying commitment towards the conservation and promotion of traditional Malay performing art forms, Mr Muhammad Noramin Bin Mohamed Farid is conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2017.
As one of Singapore’s most prolific and successful music producers in the Indian music scene, Shabir’s life is a ceaseless quest for crescendos. From humble beginnings to international stardom, his inspirational life journey is an example of how hard work coupled with determination brings lasting success.
Combining modern and traditional influences, Shabir has carved his own niche in the industry, delivering one catchy number after another. Shabir burst into the Indian music scene in 2005, when he won the Mediacorp Vasantham Star competition. The talented singer-songwriter, composer and music producer hasn't looked back since. In 2012, he produced his claim to fame locally – Singai Naadu, the official Tamil anthem of NDP 2012. The song resonated with the local community and earned him great praise, including a special mention from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Furthering his talent regionally, Shabir is the first Singaporean to sign a deal with Sony Music India and in 2017, he signed on to his fourth feature film to be released in India. His dedication and passion in the music industry has led him to clinch the Merit Award at the Asian Television Awards and Best International Artiste at the prestigious Edison Award.
Shabir believes in giving back to the community and industry for the global success he has achieved. In 2014, he founded a music school – Shabir Music Academy, where he mentors aspiring musicians to refine their talent and skills and provides free lessons to individuals from low income families. Shabir also runs the Edhugai initiative – a series of songwriting workshops to engage the youth and increase their interest in Tamil language and culture through music.
For his exemplary achievements in the music industry and his dedication in helping youths to pursue their aspirations in the arts, Mr Mohamed Shabir Bin Tabare Alam is conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2017.
For record-breaking bowler and two-time Sportswoman of the Year award-winner, Shayna Ng, success is not only about striking gold in the bowling centre. Shayna made history when she became the first Singaporean to win a gold medal at the Women’s World Bowling Championships in 2015. This feat came on the back of successes at the SEA Games (2015), Asian Games (2014) and a 6-game series world record at the 2011 World Championships. Continuing on her success, Shayna clinched the Gold Medal at the World Women’s Bowling Championship in 2015 and Bronze in the World’s Singles Championship 2016. For her excellence in sports, Shayna has won the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) Sportswoman of the Year title in both 2014 and 2016.
Beyond winning medals and breaking records, Shayna is also passionately committed to shaping Singapore’s sports culture. Armed with an enterprising spirit and passion for the sporting community, Shayna co-founded SportSanity in 2013 – an online portal to promote sports, raise the profile of athletes, and provide information on sports to the public. SportSanity has since expanded to provide sports, fitness and health solutions to corporates under PulseActiv.
On the community front, Shayna has been active in helping fellow athletes through fundraising efforts, and other sport-related campaigns and initiatives. This include helping out at BOWLinks – a programme which brings fun to the lives of children and adults with special needs through bowling, and engaging SportCares beneficiaries through sport activities. She also regularly reaches out to the youth through various public speaking engagements, where she shares her story to inspire and motivate them to achieve their potential.
For her unyielding determination in pursuing excellence in sports and being an inspirational role model, Ms Ng Lin Zhi Shayna is conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2017.
As one of Singapore’s few paediatric kidney specialists, Isaac is at the forefront of pioneering innovative new technologies to treat children with renal ailments. In addition to his clinical duties, Isaac is also a strong proponent of homegrown scientific research, working tirelessly on finding cost-effective methods of screening diabetic and paediatric patients for early signs of kidney disease. This passion to pursue breakthrough advances in medicine has earned him many research accolades, including the prestigious Singapore Young Investigator and National University Hospital Clinician Scientist Program Awards.
Isaac dreams of putting Singapore on the global map for healthcare-related research. In his field, he has successfully brought together local nephrology experts in locally-funded research projects, such as his involvement in the DYNAMO: Diabetes study in Nephropathy and other Microvascular Complications Collaboration. In addition, Isaac continues to contribute to various top-tier publications across Asia, including Paediatric Nephrology: On-the-go, a comprehensive textbook that has been adopted by leading medical schools across the region.
For Isaac, the demands of the job do not waver his passion to help children with renal ailments develop their potential to the fullest. He is the chief medical coordinator of NUH’s annual renal camp for children suffering from kidney ailments and diabetes. Motivated by the smiles of these children, Isaac has been leading teams of doctors, nurses and volunteers since 2006 to provide these children with a rare chance at a fully medically-equipped stayover camp. By getting them to interact with senior patients who have triumphed over their odds, the camp aims to inspire and motivate these children to be brave in overcoming their own challenges.
For his exemplary achievements in paediatric nephrology, and his untiring efforts in helping children with renal ailments, Dr Liu Desheng Isaac is conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2017.
Cai Yinzhou is a social entrepreneur who is changing perceptions and transforming lives. Guided by a vision to bridge the gap between the disadvantaged communities and formal structures to encourage a sustainable environment for self-help groups, Yinzhou has been making waves in the community, one neighbourhood at a time.
Yinzhou started his journey in 2013 when he founded Geylang Adventures. Instead of taking the easy route after graduation, he was inspired to start the enterprise as a way to unpack social issues and bring about positive social change. Since then, Yinzhou has designed and led heritage trails for over 3,000 people through the different lorongs of Geylang, for a first-hand insight to the lesser-seen side of Singapore’s red light district.
Yinzhou is a strong proponent of serving vulnerable groups, including the elderly, low-income individuals and migrant workers, and galvanizes volunteers for his wide-ranging initiatives to give back. In 2013, he started Back Alley Barbers, which provides free haircuts for low income elderly and foreign workers, who delay haircuts to save money. He also runs Majulah Belanja – an event to connect migrant workers and locals through a cook-off in their dormitories.
In 2016, Yinzhou brought the methodology of community building to a new neighbourhood when he founded Dakota Adventures - a heritage trail designed to create awareness and empower the elderly residents of Dakota to share their memories of their homes before the redevelopment of Dakota Crescent. He also leads a volunteer team to help with the relocation of the elderly. In addition, Yinzhou readily shares his experiences and knowledge, inspiring both the young and old alike, bridging generations and bringing hope.
For his courage and commitment towards creating sustainable impact for social good, and serving the vulnerable communities, Mr Cai Yinzhou is conferred the Singapore Youth Award 2017.
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