Unlocking inner empathy, empowering youths

Unlocking inner empathy, empowering youths

SingaporeSingapore, Singapore
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Experiential learning for youths to develop empathy and empowerment to become effective social changemakers.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Youths that are immersed in this world, that is increasingly embracing capitalism, faces a threat of becoming too self-centered and materialistic. Many youths now only see education as a tool to a life of luxury in the future. However, at Envisage, we believe that education is about empowering individuals so that we can all contribute back to the growth of the society. The result of youths becoming too engrossed in a world of luxury and consumerism is an increasingly unsympathetic society, where society as a nexus of human relationships will breakdown.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Using real-life simulation games and putting youths into unfortunate situations that they would not otherwise experience, we raise the awareness of social issues among youth. This serves as a platform to unlock their inner empathy and a stepping stone towards becoming a social changemaker. We also use a series of workshops and basic courses to impart basic social entrepreneurial skills to the youths. This will empower them to become social entrepreneurs and create a sustainable means of developing social changemakers.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our program begins from going to a school to conduct our simulation game. The playing area is the size of 2 badminton court, and there are stations, mimicking resources around the neighborhood, around the playing area. Participants will take on the role of someone from a less fortunate background and will try to make a living using resources available in the neighborhood. Through this exercise, participants will realize that some people are born into a situation that is beyond their control and it should be the duty of the more fortunate to help them escape the bad situation. In a nutshell, the main point of the first stage is to raise awareness. The second stage of the program is the Social Entrepreneur Training Package. It is a workshop that allows participants of stage one to discuss social issues they they perceive are in existence in the society, and how they can help to eradicate the issue. In a nutshell, the second stage is about generating ideas to better the society. The third stage involves doing a small charity business using charity push-carts, selling products made by the less fortunate, to use it as a platform for experiential learning of basic business skills. In all, the first stage raises the awareness of social issues to the participants. The second stage then brings the participants together to discuss on ways to solve some of the perceived social problems. And finally, the third stage empowers the participant to become social entrepreneurs who can make a difference.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The major competitors are supplementary educational training companies that provides leadership trainings and financial literacy courses for students. Currently, Envisage is the first in the market to put "the need to raise social awareness and unlock inner empathy" as the corporate mission. Envisage is able to differentiate from the other competitors as we are the only social enterprise that uses an experiential learning approach and focusing on "empathy". The major threat that these players pose is the imitation of our services. However, while the programs are easily imitable, Envisage has gathered support and networks from other social enterprises in Singapore to support and supplement each others' programs. Thus, the product offering of Envisage has widened.
About You
Organization:
Envisage Education Private Limited
About You
First Name

Jeremy

Last Name

Aw Yong

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Envisage Education Private Limited

Organization Country

, Singapore

Country where this project is creating social impact
Your role in Education

Administrator.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

Envisage strives to promote empathy and compassion among youths to better prepare them for contribution back to the society.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

A holistic program for experiential learning.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Till date, we have managed to influence close to 1000 students, with a strong positive feedback from teachers of the schools that we went to. There are more upcoming training sessions in other schools as well. Generally, students who participated in the program developed a greater appreciation towards community involvement projects.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

The enterprise has projected that over the next 3 years, we will be able to reach out to an additional 3000 students. Envisage is currently looking at establishing partnerships with welfare organisations, so that participants can easily sign up for voluntary work with the organisations after participating in our program. We are expecting a sign-up rate of 80% of students. Also, we are expecting to mentor or seek mentor for students who are interested in establishing their own social enterprise. We hope to at least help the growth of another 5 social enterprises over the next 3 years.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The issue of service quality could become a hinder to the brand development of the enterprise. In view of this issue, Envisage will always hold a 2 hour training program for the facilitators before the actual run.

Also, if the teachers were to perceive the program as low-value, the take-up rate would decline. In view of this issue, Envisage will be constantly revamping our products to tie in with the vision set by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Secure the support of 3 schools, with 300 participants each

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Email marketing brochure to potential schools by mid-march

Task 2

Revamp sales materials

Task 3
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

In addition to the 6 month goal, to conduct 1 full training session in a neighboring country

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Formalize training program for the Ministry of Education, Philippines

Task 2

Confirm the dates to conduct the training with teacher-in-charge

Task 3

Test trail the new training program before conducting the actual run

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

One of our founder, Stanley, is a strong advocate of social enterprise and was the President of the Student in Free Enterprises Club in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. One day, during a chit chatting session, our mentor and Stanley suddenly arrived to a idea of making use of simulation games to supplement the current education system in Singapore.

As a result, Stanley pulled together the currently team, made up of people who are passionate about guiding youths to channel their energy towards contributing to the society. This is how we got started.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

The partnership is made up of 5 individuals, with 2 who are working full-time in the private sector, and 3 who are still in the University.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

A creative team who is able to think of and develop training programs and simulation or board games to fulfill the purpose of the company. We are also looking for computer programmers to develop a virtual business simulation game. The computer programmers will be allocated rights to future sales.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
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