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Bringing a smile to the less fortunate

By Chua Koon Ting, Diploma in Biomedical Science, Year 3

Left-Right: President SR Nathan with Chua Koon Ting

I started the National Youth Achievement Awards (NYAA) - Bronze, back in Secondary Two. It took me one year to attain the NYAA - Bronze.

Determined to take one step further, I continued to sign up for NYAA – Silver. This required more effort, commitment, time management, perseverance and the love for the community and society. I persevered and with the mindset of “some one out there is less fortunate than me”, I succeeded and received my NYAA -Silver when I was Secondary 4.

However, the love for the community and society did not stop there. I signed up for NYAA - Gold and was also the NYAA Co-ordinator of my CCA group in Singapore Polytechnic (SP). I worked hard with my peers in achieving the Gold.

On 5 October 2006, together with 64 other SP students, I received my NYAA - Gold. The ceremony was held at Nanyang Polytechnic and the Guest-of-Honour was His Excellency, President SR Nathan. It was an honour to meet His Excellency face-to-face and I had a chance to briefly chat with him, too.

My advice to those who have not signed up for NYAA: Sign up now! You will definitely benefit from this programme. Let us maximise our potential, help the less fortunate, treat others with more tolerance and patience, and you will bring smiles to everyone’s face.


Background to NYAA

There are three levels of the Award - Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level requires a greater degree of commitment and determination.

The NYAA Programme is a marathon, not a sprint and for each level minimum requirements are set. Participants can exceed the minimum requirements, but they cannot do less than the minimum requirements.

Each participant has until his or her 25th birthday to complete the programme.


Level of Award

Minimum Age: 14 years & above
Minimum Time Period: 6 Months

Minimum Age: 15 years & above
Minimum Time Period: 12 Months

Minimum Age: 16 years & above
Minimum Time Period: 18 Months


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