100 youths get graduating certificates at UBS academy

President Halimah Yacob handed out graduating certificates to 100 young people at a UBS-CampVision LEAD ceremony on Saturday.

The UBS-CampVision LEAD Academy is a facilitated six-month-long programme that partners young people with volunteer mentors from UBS to help them develop effective communication and leadership skills.

UBS also engages executive leadership coaches to facilitate the learning process.

Now in its fifth edition, the programme comprises 11 structured sessions in which the participants, aged 13 to 16, and mentors are guided to develop and achieve personal goals relating to communication or self-leadership.

This year, more than 40 UBS volunteer mentors joined the programme, which included students from seven schools: East View Secondary, Greendale Secondary, Hua Yi Secondary, Juying Secondary, NorthLight, Westwood Secondary, and Queenstown Secondary.

Asked about what he had learnt from the programme, East View Secondary student Vikas Anand, 14, said: "LEAD taught me to set realistic and proper goals and how to work towards achieving them.

"More importantly, I learned from my UBS mentor not to be upset with failure but see it as feedback for improvement." - MELISSA HENG