Sustainability Exchange

A youth-professional mentorship initiative launched by EB Impact, supported by Meta and OCBC bank, tailored for youths in Singapore to work on real-world projects under the guidance of sustainability professionals.

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A youth-professional mentorship initiative launched by EB Impact, supported by Meta and OCBC bank, tailored for youths in Singapore to work on real-world projects under the guidance of sustainability professionals.

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Season 3

About Season 3

Given the successful run of the first two seasons of this programme, the third season aims to deepen its impact on youths. Season 3 will have three key components, two in addition to the core mentorship programme that was introduced in previous seasons:  

·     Mentorship Programme: The mentorship programme will continue to develop new capabilities in the area of sustainability, and serve as a thought leadership platform for youths and mentors to exchange ideas and drive sustainability innovation in Singapore. The programme also provides a timely opportunity for meaningful interactions between key stakeholders in the civic society and public and private sectors.

·     Capacity Building: In addition, this year we aim to run one workshop per month across the mentorship programme, totalling three workshops, with strategic support from the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment’s SG EcoFund. The goal of these workshops is to supplementSeason 3 youths with the relevant skills to improve the feasibility of their respective projects, provide sharing sessions with Sustainability Exchange alumni and sustainability professionals as they embark on their sustainability careers beyond the programme and serve as a networking platform for our alumni to stay connected.

·     Alumni Network: To deepen the relationships forged across season 1 and season 2, this upcoming edition aims to further deepen this network and create connections across our alumni network.Through workshops and other engagements, including the CSOxChange, this edition of the programme will aim to build this community.

Rewatch our launch event, held at Temasek Shophouse on March 17th, 2023, here:

Applications and programme timeline

Youths

Through this programme, as an aspiring youth, you will:

·     Gain exposure to a wide range of multinational companies, top Singapore-listed companies, government agenciesand civic society organisations.

·     Discover career paths related to sustainability.

·     Acquire hands-on learning experience on specific sustainable development issues.

·     Solve real-world problems with practical applications in business, government and civic society.

·     Access to extensive networking opportunities and interactions in the sustainability sector.

·     Have the opportunity to pitch for and implement the solution or idea that you devised during the Sustainability Exchange programme through funders such as SG EcoFund and OCBC Bank.

 

Criteria to apply:

·     This programme is open to youths are Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and those who will be residing in Singapore over the course of the programme (April– August 2023)

·     Currently enrolled in a local polytechnic or university, OR a young working professional under the age of 25.

·     Passionate about sustainability and have demonstrated some level of leadership or activism in a related field

·     Able to communicate effectively in English (both written and spoken)

·     It is preferable to have some experience working on sustainability projects or jobs, or through studies

 

Commitment required:

To be fully immersed in the programme and obtain the most benefit from participating, youth participants are required to commit significant time to attend and participate in programme activities and events.

·     To attend all of the programme’s events and meetings, including briefing sessions to beheld in 3rd and 4th week of April, the final showcase atthe end of August and three capacity building workshops which will be held fromMay – July 2023: May 12th, June 21st and July 10th

·     To commit to the six-month-long programme with sustained participation to the end, and measurement of impact thereafter.

·     Youths are expected to arrange times to meet and speak to mentors, alongside other teammates, on a bi-weekly basis from April – August 2023. Times are to be agreed within the team and with their mentors.

·     To produce an impact report at the end of the programme to fulfil the objectives of the initiative

 

Mentors

As an experienced mentor, you will:

·     Guide the next generation of sustainability leaders and make meaningful impact

·     Have direct access to young talents for talent development and recruitment opportunities for your organisation

·     Gain extensive networking opportunities and interactions in the sustainability sector

·     Be recognised as a partner for this initiative and all its marketing and publicity collaterals (both the individual and the organisation)

·     Be able to join the newly launched CSOxChange, an initiative launched by EB Impact andEco-Business, in partnership with SGTech. Learn more about the initiative here.

 

Criteria to apply:

·     Open to mentors who will be residing in Singapore over the course of the programme(April – August 2023)

·     Professionals with minimum five years of experience in a sustainability-related field of position

·     Interested in supporting the growth of youths in their sustainability-related profession and personal explorations

·     Willing to share their knowledge about career paths and personal experiences working in sustainability-related fields

·     View this programme as beneficial to their organisation, in terms of visibility and access to fresh thinking talents

·     Mentors with the ability to extend their support by potentially offering internships and other working opportunities to youth participants, preferred

 

Commitment required:

·     To attend all of the programme’s events and meetings - youths are expected to arrange times to meet/speak to mentors on a bi-weekly (one every two weeks) basis fromApril to August 2023, at times agreed between them.

·     To commit to mentoring a group of 3 to 4 youths throughout the programme, to be present and responsive to the allocated youth participants.

·     To share knowledge, skills, values and experiences with youths.

 

How will mentees and mentors be matched?

The steering committee have put together a set of problem statements, under six key pillars and sectors of focus in Singapore’s transition to a green economy. Interested youths and mentors will be able to indicate their preferred choice of theme to solve and will be matched according to their choices. Youths and mentors will also have the ability to indicate other areas of interest if not listed in the pre-curated list of problem statements. This allows for greater flexibility, and alignment of interest and mentor expertise, to ensure that the mentorship journey will bring about the most benefit for all participants.

Programme Timeline

March 17th: Applications Launch

April 4th: Applications Deadline

April 5th –April 17th: Confirmation of teams and onboarding for youths and mentors

May 12th: Workshop 1

June 21st: Workshop 2

July 10th: Workshop 3

August 30th: Final Showcase

Capacity Building Workshops

The third season of Sustainability Exchange will host a series of capacity building workshops to provide youths with the skills needed to excel in driving sustainability innovation, as well as provide a platform for networking and collaboration. The aim of these workshops is to:  

·      Build key skills to enable use to excel in their ideation and implementation of solutions devised during the mentorship programme  

·      Fostering community building by allowing for intergroup networking and foster greater knowledge sharing between different mentors and youths

·      Upskill youths with transferable capabilities within sustainability that are relevant for the mentorship programme, and beyond, as they embark on their careers in the space

·      Engage with the Sustainability Exchange alumni network by allowing them to attend the workshops and further enhance their skills and capabilities on their projects and/or their careers in sustainability

 

Eligibility: who should attend these workshops?

These workshops will be compulsory for the season 3 youth cohort to attend. Mentors will be encouraged to attend to further support their youths during activities and sharing sessions. In addition, we invite alumni(i.e. season 1 and 2 youths and mentors), to join the workshops if it is of interest to them.

The season 3 cohort and Sustainability Exchange alumni will be contacted by the EB Impact team for further information around these workshops, and the public will be open to attend these workshops virtually.

Steering Committee

To better guide and support the development of workshop content and curriculum, EBImpact convened a steering committee comprised of experts in the field of sustainability, across sectors, including academia, private, government and communications. Members of this steering committee will:

·      Offer strategic guidance for the workshops andin the development of the workshops’ curriculum

·      Be advocates and share about theSustainability Exchange programme with their community and students

We were also joined by Phua Mei Pin, Director, Sustainability Partnerships Office, Ministry of Sustainability, and the Environment, who will be joining us as a resource partner.

Read the full list of problem statements here.

Season 3 Proposals

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Season 2

About the programme

Oct 2021 - May 2022

Following a highly successful pilot programme in 2019 - 2020, Sustainability Exchange - Singapore's first of its kind youth-mentorship programme has concluded a second season!

The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the focus on the sustainability of businesses, with a growing number of organisations acknowledging that sustainability practices adds to business resilience and greater innovation.

The Singapore Green Plan was unveiled in February this year, highlighting Singapore's national sustainable development targets for the next decade. With that in mind, we're thrilled to put together a second edition for youths and professionals to apply their fresh thinking to create new solutions and innovations to solve sustainability issues in the real-world business and policy context.

Sustainability Exchange is an initiative led by EB Impact, the non-profit arm of Eco-Business, and we are excited to announce a new range of partners supporting us. Our strategic partners this year include Meta and OCBC Bank; supported by the Climate Action SG Alliance, and our academic partners include the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Social Sciences and Singapore Polytechnic.

We hope that this edition will help forge meaningful connections for youths and mentors, academia and corporates, with the common vision of building a sustainability community and to catalyse the growth of a green economy.

Media Coverage

Eco-Business:

EB Impact’s Sustainability Exchange Season 2, Final Showcase. Read the article here.

Application criteria and Programme Timeline

Application Criteria and Programme Timeline

For the 2022 intake, we're looking for aspiring youths and experienced mentors!

As an aspiring youth, you will:

  • Gain exposure to a wide range of multinational companies, top Singapore-listed companies, government agencies and civic society organisations.
  • Discover career paths related to sustainability.
  • Acquire hands-on learning experience on specific sustainable development issues.
  • Solve real-world problems with practical applications in business, government and civic society.
  • Access to extensive networking opportunities and interactions in the sustainability sector.

Criteria to apply:

  • Open to youths who are Singapore Citizens, PRs and will be residing in Singapore over the course of the programme.
  • Currently enrolled in a local polytechnic or university, OR a young working professional under the age of 25.
  • Passionate about sustainability issues and have demonstrated some level of leadership or activism in a related field.
  • Able to communicate effectively in English (Both written and spoken).
  • Preferably some experience working on sustainability projects or jobs.

Commitment Required:

To obtain the most benefit from the programme, youth participants are required to commit significant time to attend and participate in its events.

  • To attend all of the programme’s events and meetings - youths are expected to arrange times to meet/speak to mentors on a bi-weekly (one every two weeks) basis from January to April 2022, at times agreed between them.
  • To commit to the three-month-long programme with sustained participation to the end, and measurement of impact thereafter.
  • To produce a report at the end of the programme, to fulfil the objectives of the initiative.

As an experience mentor, you will:

  • Nurture the next generation of sustainability leaders and make meaningful impact.
  • Have direct access to young talents for talent development and recruitment opportunities for your organisation.
  • Gain extensive networking opportunities and interactions in the sustainability sector.
  • Be recognised as a partner for this initiative and all its marketing and publicity collaterals (both the individual and the organisation).

Criteria to apply:

  • Open to mentors who will be residing in Singapore over the course of the programme.
  • Professionals with at least five years of experience in a sustainability-related field of position.
  • Interested in supporting the growth of youths in their sustainability-related profession and personal explorations.
  • Willing to share their knowledge about career paths and personal experiences working in sustainability-related fields.
  • View this programme as beneficial to their organisation, in terms of visibility and access to fresh thinking talents.
  • Preferably mentors who are able to extend their support by potentially offering internship stints to the youth participants.

Commitment Required:

  • To attend all of the programme’s events and meetings - youths are expected to arrange times to meet/speak to mentors on a bi-weekly (one every two weeks) basis from January to April 2022, at times agreed between them.
  • To commit to mentoring a group of 3 to 4 youths throughout the programme, to be present and responsive to the allocated youth participants.
  • To share knowledge, skills, values and experiences with youths.

How will mentees and mentors be matched?

The steering committee will be putting together a set of problem statements which will be closely aligned to the Singapore Green Plan. Interested youths and mentors will be able to indicate their preferred choice of problem statement to solve and will be matched according to their choices. This is to allow for greater alignment of interest and to ensure that the mentorship journey will be a fruitful one for all.

Programme Timeline

19 October 2021 - 30 November 2021: Application opens for youths and mentors.
Mid-December 2021: Shortlisted applications will be notified and briefing sessions will be held for youths and mentors.
January 2022 - April 2022: Course of mentorship where youths are the work together, under the guidance of their mentors on a bi-weekly (once every two weeks) basis.
April 2022: Closing Event - EB Impact and Partners will host a concluding event to showcase the shortlisted proposals of the season.
April 2022 - July 2022: Youths are to continue working on their idea, to finalise their proposal report. The proposal report must convey how their ideas will be translated into action and how it makes an impact on the community. The report will be submitted to EB Impact for consolidation.


How To Apply

*APPLICATIONS FOR SEASON 2 HAVE CLOSED*

To apply as a youth participant, please click here.

To apply as a mentor, please click here.

If you have any questions or require further clarifications, please contact Dian at dian.anderson@ebimpact.org

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Season 2 Proposals

Season 1

About the programme

Nov 2020 - May 2021

Sustainability Exchange is an initiative launched by EB Impact, in partnership with Meta, supported by the Climate Action SG Alliance. It is a mentorship programme curated for the youth in Singapore to drive capability and knowledge development in the areas of sustainability. The initiative will also help to forge useful relationships among promising individuals in the public, private and civic society sectors that will provide new, fresh thinking on green growth and sustainable development models for Singapore’s future.  

The mentorship programme has three main objectives:

  • Inspire youths to pursue their passion in all facets of sustainable development and become future sustainability leaders in their fields
  • Enable existing sustainability professionals to be exposed to fresh, innovative ideas from the youths
  • Provide a platform for the creation of innovative ideas around sustainable development growth models and facilitate knowledge-sharing among leaders today and leaders of the future

Media Coverage

The Straits Times:

Article 1: Singapore youth to take the lead in sustainability innovations. Read more here.
Article 2: Game that explores environmental footprint of food among projects aimed at tackling sustainability issues. Read more.

Lianhe Zaobao:

Read the article here.

Press Release:

Read our press release for Season 1 here.

Season 1 Proposals

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