East Coast Park (ECP) Coastal Clean Up!
We introduced our new project titled ‘Operation One Punch’ (OOP), inspired by our youths’ favorite manga (a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels) ‘One Punch Man’. This project was launched to provide a safe space for our youth to enhance their personal skills as a volunteer as well as to take up more initiative and responsibilities as a volunteer leader. The project involved 6 sessions of training. The end goal was for the youth to organize MeToYou’s next month’s YO!!!.
The 6 session training programme was carefully crafted to best suit our youth learning needs through experiential learning. To fully capture and engage our youths’ attention, we injected the One Punch Man storyline into each of our session’s activity. Every participant adopted a character from One Punch Man they identified with in terms of superheroes ability and characteristics. We then called them ‘Agents’ or ‘Heroes’ of OOP and ourselves as the ‘Heroes Associations’ as depicted in the manga storyline.
The activities were designed to challenge the ‘agents’ teamwork while fostering bonds at the same time. Besides that, through simple activities such as finding the sequence of programme planning, our volunteer leaders got to discuss the foundations of organizing an event and learnt to make decisions as a team. From brainstorming ideas, planning the timeline, financial budgeting, thinking through the wet weather plans, to preparing for the actual day logistics, our youth leaders worked hard and grew tremendously throughout the planning and preparation period.
Our youth leaders from Operation One Punch gathered their forces at Blk 6 and kick started their very own YO!!! – East Coast Park (ECP) Coastal Clean Up!
The youth leaders conducted the briefing session for other youth volunteers and communicated a clear picture of the overall event flow! Despite being their first experience doing this, they were steady in putting across all the necessary information in a clear manner! On occasions where one briefing leader might have missed out on small details, other leaders took the initiative to come in and support them, displaying their strong teamwork built up from the past 5 sessions!
Subsequently, they led the entire group from Blk 6 towards ECP, taking the initiative to talk and interact with their respective group members! They then split into respective groups and took on different parts of ECP Area D for the clean-up! Because of their relentless effort in leading their respective groups, we were able to completely clean the whole stretch of Area D, a feat that we could not complete a year ago!!! After the event, our youth leaders also debriefed their respective groups with debriefing pointers they came up with themselves!!!
Both Hero Association and fellow agents felt a great sense of achievement! Their biggest takeaways were enhanced communication skills and teamwork amongst members despite the differences in opinion, greater leadership and ownership to take charge as volunteers, and most importantly, their willingness to come back and contribute back to the community! Good job agents! We are looking forward for you to lead our youth volunteers in future!!!