SINGAPORE, May 18, 2022 – The National Youth Council (NYC) and Mentoring Alliance Singapore (MASg) today entered a partnership with leading global flexible space provider WeWork to strengthen the mentoring culture in Singapore as part of the Mentoring Alliance for Action (AfA), an initiative under SG Mentoring.
Under the year-long partnership, WeWork will provide complimentary spaces for mentoring sessions through its All Access solution, which unlocks access to 13 WeWork locations across Singapore. Mentoring organizations, mentors, and mentees under the Mentoring AfA have the flexibility to choose a location that is convenient for them and utilize amenities including workspaces, meeting rooms, and event spaces for their mentoring programmes or discussions.
WeWork will provide mentoring partners such as Voices of Asia (VOA) and Yayasan MENDAKI’s Youth Mentoring Office (YMO) the opportunity to leverage WeWork’s conducive, engaging and safe spaces to facilitate insightful conversations and knowledge sharing under its mentoring programmes. Beyond mentoring sessions, youths will also have the opportunity to be exposed to WeWork’s diverse community of enterprise members to learn about the various industries and connect with potential employers. WeWork will also be supporting Mentoring AfA’s programmes and initiatives with event spaces to conduct larger-scale workshops, trainings, and events.
The Mentoring AfA was launched in 2021 as a key national movement to forge partnerships with public-private-people sector partners to strengthen our mentoring effort and make mentoring accessible to all youths in Singapore, regardless of their needs and life stages. Through partnerships with various organizations, the AfA also aims to develop and provide training and resources, youth mentoring programmes and opportunities to support youths’ career and personal development.
“Mentoring can play a crucial role as our youths journey through life’s different stages. And our Mentoring AfA connects them to mentors and mentoring programmes for support and guidance,” said Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Alvin Tan, Advisor to the Mentoring Alliance for Action, “Government, communities, and enterprises are helping the AfA to raise awareness about mentoring and build a mentoring ecosystem for our youths. As a strong advocate for mentorship, WeWork’s experience in building communities and empowering tomorrow’s work culture will provide a safe and dedicated space for mentors, mentees, and AfA’s diverse community of corporates and non-profits.
Balder Tol, General Manager, Australia, and Southeast Asia at WeWork shared, “Singapore is a key market for WeWork and we are excited to be able to support the community through the facilitation of networking, connections, and mentoring in our spaces. WeWork has always been an advocate in advancing learning and social causes, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to partner with the Mentoring Alliance for Action to provide a conducive environment to guide young people and empower them to achieve their aspirations.”
In Singapore, WeWork has consistently promoted mentoring initiatives by involving WeWork employees and members. This includes the likes of WeWork’s member, Klareco Communications to partner with the social mobility non-profit organization Access Singapore to create exposure opportunities for youths in Singapore. WeWork provides support through subsidized access to workspaces and extending WeWork employee and member networks for collaboration opportunities.
As a company anchored in the community, this partnership also enhances WeWork’s social initiatives in the region such as WeWork G.I.V.E, which provides complimentary access to WeWork’s all-inclusive workspaces, meeting rooms, event venues, and global network to empower local non-profit organizations (NPOs) and social enterprises across Southeast Asia (SEA).
WeWork Inc. (NYSE: WE) was founded in 2010 with the vision to create environments where people and companies come together and do their best work. Since then, we’ve become one of the leading global flexible space providers committed to delivering technology-driven turnkey solutions, flexible spaces, and community experiences. For more information about WeWork, please visit us at wework.com.
About National Youth Council
At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop future-ready youth who are committed to Singapore by instilling in them a heart for service, resilience and an enterprising spirit.
About Mentoring Alliance for Action (AfA)
The Mentoring Alliance for Action (AfA), an initiative under SG Mentoring a national movement that promotes mentoring in Singapore, aims to provide accessible mentoring opportunities to all youths in Singapore. Led by the Mentoring Alliance for Singapore (MASg) and the National Youth Council (NYC), the Mentoring AfA collaborates with corporate partners, mentoring organisations, education institutions, youth groups, and professional organisations to nurture a community of partners committed to developing confident and resilient youths. A key effort under Mentoring AfA is WeConnect, Singapore’s first online dedicated mentorship platform where youths can find mentoring programmes and mentors that cater to their needs and life stages
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For inquiries on the use of spaces for mentoring sessions, please contact:
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Partnership Manager, Mentoring Alliance Singapore Limited (MASg)