Five outstanding individuals and team were presented the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) 2011 by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs at the Istana on Sunday, 3 July 2011.
The Singapore Youth Award (SYA) is Singapore's highest accolade for under 35s who have made significant contributions to society and excelled in areas such as the arts, entrepreneurship and science.
Congratulations to these outstanding youths!
The Singapore Youth Award 2011
Boo Junfeng 巫俊锋 (Filmmaker) - Arts and Culture category,
Boo Junfeng is best known for making the first Singapore film to be featured at the Cannes Film Festival's International Critics' Week. At age 27, his achievements are impressive. What awes me is his boundless passion for filmmaking. I think the only way of making films is to be passionate about it.
Filmmaking in Singapore is a very difficult profession. Unlike the situation in the major movie studios in the United States, local filmmakers face a tougher path finding funds and marketing, in addition to recruiting good actors and filming.
Dr Teo Yik Ying 张毅颖 (Scientist) - Science and Technology,
Associate Professor Teo Yik Ying is a leading researcher in the core areas of genomics of population diversity and the genetics of common and complex diseases. What impresses me was amidst his busy schedule, he finds time to conduct regular talks at junior colleges to inspire pre-tertiary students in research as well as mentor students from Dunman High in their genetics-related project.
Terence Chia 谢勇伟 (Industrial Relations Officer) - Community and Youth Services category,
Darius Cheung 张翼 - Entrepreneurship category,
Team Award :
TOUCH Cyber Wellness 触爱网络健全服务 - Community and Youth Services
Mr Yeong Bang Huat, 杨邦发 – Senior Counsellor
Mr Chong Ee Jay, 庄贻杰 – Senior Executive
Touch Cyber Wellness has been strongly committed in encouraging holistic youth development through promoting cyber wellness, healthy gaming and online safety. TOUCH has reached out to more than 800,000 people through its cyber wellness education and counselling programmes.
SYA recipients speaking at a media conference
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