We are delighted to announce that NUS Psychology alumnus, Ms. Francesca Phoebe Wah, has won the Singapore Youth Award (SYA) 2019!
Established in 1975, the SYA is the nation’s highest accolade for youth, and honours exceptional young people who enrich the hearts and souls of the community and bring distinction to the nation.
Ms. Wah majored in Psychology at NUS, and subsequently received a Masters in Social Work. She is now a primary school teacher and the Subject Head of Pastoral Care at her school.
In 2014, Ms. Wah founded Bringing Love to Every Single Soul (BLESS), a non-profit organisation that engages the community to better the lives of the less-privileged. Notably, BLESS conducts weekly reading programmes to help children living in rental flats, and hosts an online gifting portal for members of the public to “bless” those in need by purchasing items such as stationery, school backpacks, and birthday cakes for them.
In her interview with The Straits Times, Ms. Wah said,
Imagine if you have $84,600 in your bank account, I’m sure you would want it to appreciate. Similarly, each of us has 84,600 seconds a day, so if you want that value to appreciate, you have to invest time to lift others up.
We warmly congratulate Ms. Wah on her achievement!
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Photo courtesy of Mark Lee.