Who is CARE?
Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore) is a charity and social service organisation specialised in youth development. Established in 1997, our purpose is to help vulnerable and at-risk youths find direction, hope and success in life. Every year, CARE helps about 1000 youths rewrite their life stories. By being present for those who need a little more support, we help them create a future with hope. This is a critical social investment as youths who go astray can incur huge social costs. CARE is also an NCSS-appointed Centre of Specialisation for Youth Empowerment, a national recognition of experience and expertise in helping at-risk youths.
What does CARE do?
We reach out to vulnerable and disadvantaged youths at risk of failure, dropping out of school, socio-emotional maladjustment, distress or delinquency. CARE engages, educates and empowers them through motivational life-skills instruction, counselling therapy, socio-emotional support, after-school activities, mentoring, leadership development and family support. Working in tandem with their families, schools and community, we help strengthen the socio-ecosystems for developing positive, resilient youths who can contribute to society.
What has CARE achieved?
CARE has proved to be a worthy social investment that has served well over 36,000 at-risk youths to date, and consistently delivered impactful outcomes, with satisfaction levels of well above 90%. (Based on evaluation feedback from students, teachers and parents) Our greatest achievement is in changed lives. Evidenced by countless life stories and feedback from students, parents and teachers, our work has helped to develop the skills, mindsets and perspectives for lasting, long-term and significant change. Some students who have graduated from our programmes are back with us as staff and volunteers to help others the way they have been helped.
How CARE Started Former teacher Lan Teo had just returned to Singapore after working as a counsellor in a Boston-based facility helping at-risk youths. Her friends, mainly teachers, lamented how they struggled with teaching difficult, at-risk students at the bottom end of the school system. This cry for help prompted the founding of CARE Singapore in 1997, a youth development charity, focussed on helping at-risk youths find direction, hope and success. National Council of Social Service (NCSS) supported CARE’s strategy of providing life-skills education and counselling support with a project grant to kick-start the programme. Starting with just 300 students in 1997, CARE now serves about a thousand students annually. To date, CARE has served over 36,000 youths through a variety of programmes from well over 70 schools. By being present for those who need a little more support, we help them create a future of hope. Such work is a critical social investment as huge social costs are incurred when youths go astray. Since 2010, CARE is also a Centre of Specialisation for Youth Empowerment appointed by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). This is a recognition of experience and expertise with a mandate to help raise service quality in the youth sector.
Adelyn Poh, Co-founder, Director of Enterprise Children-At-Risk Empowerment Association (CARE Singapore)
428 Pasir Ris Drive 6 #01-21 Singapore 510428
M: 9852 3850 │ T: 6583 3481 │ firstname.lastname@example.org │ www.care.sg
Organisational Status: Singapore Registered Charity Unique
Entity Number (UEN): T00SS0043E
ROS Charity Registration No: 1509
Institution of a Public Character (IPC): IPC 000150
Full member of National Council of Social Service