A TOTAL of 293 youths have joined the Penang State Youth Volunteer programme to better serve the community.
The programme is open to those who reside in Penang and are aged between 15 and 35.
They can contribute in areas like environment, charity, sports, education, arts and culture, emergency aid and disaster assistance.
State youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said Penang had always aspired to build a progressive society through youth development.
“This is in line with Penang 2030 which emphasises increasing participation of youths, women and senior citizens in society, ” he said during the launch of the programme at Komtar.
“The state government will organise workshops to develop leaders of tomorrow.
“Youth volunteers can improve themselves through various training sessions that can ignite the spirit of volunteerism.”
Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC) general manager Dr Gwee Sai Ling said they would develop youth volunteers through team building and leadership training sessions.
“We are targeting 2,000 youth volunteers by the end of this year, ” she said.
In her speech, Gwee said youths are the backbone and future of the country.
She said the youth volunteer programme was introduced last year to help them unleash their full potential.
At the event, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between PYDC and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to have more collaborations between both parties.
PYDC will be a platform to inform volunteers about the programmes and courses organised by USM.
Those who are interested to join the volunteer programme can check out PYDC’s Facebook page.
Also present at the launch were Ayer Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng, Penang Island City councillor Lee Wei Seang, USM School of Management dean Prof Dr Noor Hazlina Ahmad and deputy dean Dr Abdul Hadi Zulkafli.