Youth Programme: Community Leadership




This programme introduces and examines the idea of ‘community leadership’. It focuses on engaging youth to build and/or support an economically and socially healthy future for their communities. Participants are guided to identify and understand problems & social needs in local community, and endeavour to improve the lives of vulnerable groups or ecosystems with needs. The grassroots solutions that the participants plan can involve grassroots leaders, social entrepreneurs and/or business people who are well known personalities or ordinary unsung heroes.


Youth Programme Welcome by Dean
Law PP Class
Welcome message from Dean of NUS SCALE Tutorials conducted over Zoom


Participants should be able to read, write and communicate fluently in English, and understand basic terminologies used in the class.


High school students interested in investigating the emergence of pioneering community leaders.


6 hours of Synchronous sessions.

 NUS SCALE online youth programme_Community Leadership_Dr. Tan Lai Yong

Dr Tan Lai Yong
Adjunct Associate Professor, College of Alice & Peter Tan
National University of Singapore

Upon graduation from NUS in 1985, Dr Tan Lai Yong worked as a doctor in Singapore. In 1996, he and his wife, and one year old daughter moved to Yunnan, China, and joined a community development team, working with the poverty affected in remote villages, caring for orphans, disabled children and leprosy affected. During his fifteen years in Yunnan, he cycled 30 km daily, created innovative ways to teach health and hygiene to the different Minority Ethnic groups and villages, planned for “surgery camps” for cleft palate babies and other disabled people, and also initiated tree planting (e.g. walnut) efforts that led to thousands of trees being planted to help raise farm income and also reduce soil erosion.

As part of the China National Day celebrations in 2004, Lai Yong was given the Friendship Award for Foreign Experts at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, an event that was graced by Premier Wen Jia Bao. Lai Yong was also given the Singapore International Foundation (SIF Award) presented by Mr. Lee Hsien Loong and the 2005 Singapore MILK Fund (Mainly I Love Kids) Award for Outstanding Youth and Children’s Worker by President Nathan. In 2007, the Yunnan Provincial TV Station ran a series on people in Yunnan and the viewers voted Dr Tan Lai Yong as one of the “Good Citizens of Kunming”. Lai Yong has written several books and his first book, “Biting the Bamboo” – Experiences of Work and Life in Yunnan, is in its 5th printing. He also wrote the book, “Two Ears but Only One Mouth – Reflections on Wisdom in Rural Yunnan” and “Pilgrims” – a photo journal of life in a Dai Village in Xishuangbanna. He is married and has two children who are now young adults. 



Successful participants who complete all requirements of the programme including passing the assessment will receive a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE.
A sample of the certificate of participation can be found here: 

Participants from the project team with the highest score for the group project will also receive a commendation letter. A sample is shown below:
Sample Online Commendation Letter


Group Sign-up:
12 - 14 July 2021
in collaboration with Starich Education

For programme enquiries, please fill the form here.

10 July 2021