KUCHING: Some 100 people turned up for Youth Sarawak’s first talk series called “Youth Can Do It”, aimed at inspiring young people to do good within their communities by hearing from young leaders who have made a positive impact in their respective areas.
This is in line with Youth Sarawak’s vision to build a community of proactive youth in Sarawak through volunteering and giving back to every corner of the state.
The first talk, supported by and held at ChinaHouse at the Old Courthouse here, featured three prominent young speakers – Momentum Kuching founder Nazreen Mohammad, MalaysiaKini social media editor Norman Goh and award-winning youth leader, debater and analyst Syed Saddiq – and moderated by Youth Sarawak co-founder Hazwan Razak.
The speakers shared their respective journeys in their quest to champion a cause they believed in.
Nazreen spoke about his goal to build and develop a vibrant arts and culture scene in Kuching, his hometown, and how he overcame challenges in pursuit of that goal.
Fellow Kuchingite, Norman shared his personal history and involvement in social media and journalism, and of taking risks early in his career and the need to believe in oneself.
Syed Saddiq talked about how debating changed his life, the importance of being well read and to always fight for what is right.
This was followed by a forum when the speakers took questions from the audience, made up mostly of students and young professionals. It was an interactive session, with some audience members even sharing their personal stories.
Asked for their final thoughts, Goh said: “If you have a dream, then take the leap of faith and when you jump, you jump.”
Saddiq reminded everyone that “we are all agents of change and we must combine our efforts to craft that better future for ourselves and the next generation.”
Nazreen’s advice to the audience was to “stay aware of things that go on around us and always remember to do good.”
Kuala Lumpur-based Nation Building School founder and co-principal Zaim Mokhzani flew here to attend the event and was inspired from his engagement with “the best and brightest minds Kuching and Sarawak have to offer”.
He added that the event was an important step forward for young Sarawakians to organise around important issues.
Hazwan said proceeds from the event would go towards SK Bario, a school Youth Sarawak has worked with in the past, to help them rebuild after a recent fire.
Youth Sarawak had also organised a charity run in support of SK Bario, raising more than RM700 from both events.
Youth Sarawak founder and president Mark Jinmin said the large turnout was beyond their expectations and thanked the audience for their lively participation.
He said Youth Sarawak would organise similar events in the coming months, along with its normal rural outreach events such as a mini library project and Projek Kasut.
For more information about Youth Sarawak’s events and activities, go to www.facebook.com/youthsarawak or Twitter (@youthsarawak)