On 18th July 2020, twelve students from St Francis Methodist School attended the 12th Global Youth Leaders’ Summit 2020. The theme of the Summit was MAD@Crisis: Making a Difference in Times of Crisis – regardless of race, language, religion, or nationality. The event was organised by the Character & Leadership Academy, together with FutuReady Asia and Innotrek.

This year’s Summit was the first ever online youth experiential conference, with about 1,000 youth leaders engaging in exciting and meaningful conversations. Students were challenged to connect through the digital world and apply tips on how to take action when action is needed in times of need.

The keynote address was given by motivational speaker, Mr Nick Vujicic. Member of Parliament Ms Tin Pei Ling, who is also the patron for the Character and Leadership Academy, led a panel discussion that included: Mr David Chua, chief executive officer of National Youth Council; Ms Sherry Soon, founder of Be Kind SG; Mr Nigel Teo, founder of GoodHood.SG; and Ms Samantha Lim, founder of #BlockWatchSG. Other guest speakers included magician Mr Sng Ming Da, comedian Dr Jason Leong, and voiceover actor Mr Steven Bones.

The speakers gave inspiring and impactful talks, packed with practical advice on how to make a positive difference in our communities.

Overall, it was a fun and enriching experience for my schoolmates and me. Motivated by the advice dished out during the Summit, we plan to carry out some activities that will be meaningful to our school and community, probably starting with sending appreciation cards to our family members and schoolmates. We may also organise a school clean-up activity to help to lighten the load of our school cleaners.

My schoolmates and I hope to continue applying what we have learnt at the Summit and do whatever we can to help others, especially in times of crisis.

Written by: Qaisy Mikail Bin Ismail (9G2)