This weekend the OpenIDEO meetup Singapore community has gathered to brainstorm for new ideas. This time, we have done a meetup together with other project running in Singapore that is tackling urban poverty. During the session, we have the chance to talk with young people that have a more disadvantage situation. They shared stories about their daily life and motivations and dreams they have. One thing we have learned is that they feel very discourage about their future and they don’t believe their skills are good enough for success in life.
Through this platform (that could be on-line, or offline for neighbourhoods with less access to internet using instead a notice board for example) young people can create a project, for example, a football team and ask for a coach or a goalkeeper that is willing to teach them, and maybe be part of the team as well.
Other examples could be from how to play piano, or how to build a robot with some cardboard boxes.
This platform could be for neighbourhoods and also for schools where teachers can help providing spaces for developing the projects.
Learning from their peers, young users will feel more comfortable and empowered, helping to thrive their confidence.
This way of sharing of skills is also good for the volunteer that is mentoring since it gives him a sense of ownership and responsibility for the project and by sharing and teaching others will nurture his confidence. It will also help for a sense of community and collaboration developing projects with other peers.
UPDATE #1: The platform allows to post skills or expertise that someone wants to offer so it can trigger a new project.
There will be also geotag so is easier to locate projects and search for the ones that are closer to you.
This project can work together with Kidhub concept: