We aim to advocate for balanced and healthier lifestyle choices among youth in Singapore, through avenues such as:
(a) Peer-to-peer outreach, be it among friends or to the public.
- eg: YAH booth events in schools and events, street outreach events such as through Live It Up Without Lighting Up (in collaboration with Breathe), and the Tobacco Retailer Education Programme (TREP)!
(b) Organising, running and/or supporting of youth-centric events.
- eg: Health-Tee Me Campaign 2012 or Games Stations at NTUC Youth Sports Conference!
(c) Conceptualising and taking up projects to benefit the youth community at large.
- eg: Through active involvement in the YAH Interest Groups (IGs), or through applying for the YAH Grant, where up to $1000 cash per project is awarded upon approval!
YAH is mainly for youth aged 17-25, be they from Polytechnics, ITE, JCs, Universities or National Service. We are supported by the Health Promotion Board (HPB).
We are also currently under HPB’s Health Ambassador Network. YAH Advocates form the Youth Health Ambassadors, who act to inspire and empower others towards a lifestyle of balanced and healthier choices. This also fulfills our tagline, “Every Youth, a Health Advocate”!
When YAH was first launched in 2nd September 2005, we started off with only 6 dedicated youths, focusing only on smoke-free messages. Now, we have expanded to form 3 dedicated Interest Groups, which encompass the following health topics:
(a) Nutrition and Physical Activity
(b) Mental and Sexual Wellness
(c) Substance Abuse (Smoking and Alcohol Control)
For Universities and ITEs:
We have signed Alliances with student groups such as NTU Students’ Union, NUS Students’ Union, and all 3 ITE College Student Councils, to collaborate on nurturing an environment which allows students to discern and apply balanced and healthier lifestyle choices, to their lives.
YAH has school-based Health and Wellness student groups, such as YAH@RP. These are run by students passionate about advocating for a balanced and healthier lifestyle among their peers in their schools, and are managed directly by the respective polytechnics. Singapore’s first youth-led health advocacy programme, aimed at empowering youth to advocate for a balanced and healthier lifestyle among their peers.
An illustration of YAH’s structure
Currently, YAH is run by the 14-member 7th YAH Executive Committee (Exco), who oversee matters relating to YAH. They are assisted by the Exco Advisors, who are from the previous Exco.
7th YAH Exco (2012/13)
YAH Exco Advisors (Exco 2011/12)
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