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How mentoring helps these young people overcome obstacles and grow further


The company, which has 30 employees, currently serves more than 60 clients from polytechnics, universities and government agencies.

Singapore Management University (SMU) alumni have each experienced the positive change of mentoring. Kasman considers mentoring his “equalizer.”

“I come from a background where few of my friends from college or national service went to college, so I didn’t know anyone – not my peers or seniors,” Kasman says.

Wanting to excel in college, he sought advice on how to approach his studies, establish a career path, and even pursue a higher purpose.

“In addition to approaching seniors wherever I could find them, I also applied for SMU’s alumni mentorship program,” he says.

Through his superiors – whom he now considers mentors – and his regular mentor, Mr. Dinesh Uruthiramoothy, Head of Strategy at the time, he was exposed to new ideas and perspectives.

“Dinesh is extremely humble and always leads by example. And his personality is always consistent as an individual, mentor or boss, which I really admire. He was and still is my mentor.

Unlike Mr. Kasman, Mr. Wong first encountered the concept of church mentorship when he was 17.

“One time I was afraid of what would happen if I didn’t do well in my A-levels. And I didn’t do as well as what local society considers ‘good’,” says Mr. Wong.

“My mentor told me these things happen for a reason, and we’re constantly molded to be a masterpiece every day. We just need to be there and learn the lessons to go from there. ‘before.

With the goal of giving back, they co-founded The Mentoring Circle in 2017 while at SMU. The program pairs 30 SMU seniors with juniors each year to provide guidance and direction in their studies and career planning.

Mr. Kasman is also Co-Chair of Mentoring AfA. He leads the Steering Committee to champion partnerships and participation across the public, private and people sectors to strengthen mentorship efforts and make mentorship accessible to all young people in Singapore.

“I agreed (to take the job) because I thought my voice would be useful as a young person who had his first experience of mentorship only five years ago as an undergraduate student and as a person who recently helped set up mentoring initiatives through SMU and the Mendaki Club.

Mr. Wong’s efforts are equally significant. “I’m a mentor to a few people. One that I cherish very much is at the Singapore Boys’ Home.

“There is no immediate reward. There are difficult answers in some people’s lives and all we have to do is face them.

Our youth, our future

Making mentoring opportunities more accessible through Mentoring SG is one of many efforts under the Forward SG initiative.

Launched in June, it is a roadmap that maps development through six pillars of society: economy and jobs, education and lifelong learning, health and social support, home and living environment. , environmental and fiscal sustainability, and our Singaporean identity.

“Our young people are our leaders of tomorrow. So we need to equip them with the resources, skills and more to empower them to take control of their future,” said Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong.