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Volunteer work helping youth grow in Singapore

Participating in volunteer work helps youth develop into better people and can impact the community in big ways.

These points, and more, were raised on Saturday at a dialogue session on volunteerism and community jointly organized by High School-YMCA (Hi-Y), a student chapter of YMCA Singapore, and Punggol Community Centre Youth Executive Committee.

The 40-minute discussion saw five panelists, including Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo and YMCA president Stephen Loh — share their personal experiences working in the community, and exchange views on the importance of volunteerism.

It was attended by about 150 pre-tertiary students.

Asked about some of the positive moments in his interaction with the community as a politician, Yeo said: "I think for most of us in politics, and some of us may find it addictive, it is because in a somewhat strange way, we enjoy doing this: interacting with people, seeing things happen, watching lives improve, and feeling that, yes, it's all worthwhile."

"But I would say on the whole, the dominant motivation is, or should be, to want to do good so that lives are improved."

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