This year’s M3 Youth Festival focuses on trending topics such as urban agriculture and mental health, with the aim of helping young people participate in the basic efforts to shape society.
A series of workshops will be held every weekend in July as part of the one-month event officially launched on Saturday (June 25th).
These include classes on creating sustainable alternatives to plastic wrap using beeswax and cloth, as well as the appropriate skills for participants to address the mental health problems faced by their colleagues. Session is included.
We will also visit the local facilities of the Norwegian recycling company Tomra. The company manufactures reverse vending machines where you can get vouchers in exchange for used beverage cans and bottles.
These topics were chosen because they are an emerging sector with plenty of opportunities.
“We want to make sure our young people have the skills and insights they really need,” she added. “For those unfamiliar, this is an opportunity to get to know some of these areas.”
M3 is a partnership involving the Malay / Muslim self-help groups Mendaki, the Singapore Islamic Religious Council (Muis), and the People’s Association Malay Activities Executive Committee Council (Mesra).
The festival started at * Scape and was attended by about 50 young people from higher education institutions, mosques and Malay / Islamic youth organizations. Ang Mo Kio MP Nadia Ahmad Samdin also attended.
This is the first time that the M3 Youth Festival has been held with direct participation since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Aini Rashid, a Mesra volunteer, said about 70 people will be enrolled in various festival workshops.
“We’re back to normal, so we’re taking it slowly,” she said. “I think it’s even more exciting as more partners participate in various programs and workshops after holding it online for two years.”
Participants in the Saturday launch event received a preview of what will happen next month.
These included a robotics and coding workshop by Robotics Revolution and a do-it-yourself hand-washing workshop by The Sustainability Project, which also runs a beeswax wrap workshop.
Cecilia Yeoh, who works as the organization’s “full-time tree hugger,” said that instead of clinging to wraps, this reusable alternative helps reduce plastic waste.
She added that by using cotton waste from the fabric store, it would otherwise be scrapped and would include an element of upcycling.