Word From The
|How was True Hearts Connection Mentoring & Befriender Scheme
started? Well, the history relates back to 1995. When I was the President of Nanyang
Technological University Students Union (NTUSU), I collaborated with BP Singapore to
initiate the NTUSU-BP Mentoring Program. That was my first contact with the Mentoring
Executive Chairman, Daniel Chew
|As my understanding of the program deepened, I began to feel the impact
and difference a mentoring program can make to both the mentor and the mentee. In 1997,
with the support of a group of warm-hearted young executives who shared the vision to
serve the needs of the less privileged in our society, I initiated the Scheme in
partnership with BP Mentoring Program after I graduated from the University.
co-workers and myself had just commenced on our career paths, and you would appreciate the
tremendous pressure we faced. As our peers were focusing on building successful career or
relationship, we were spending time to strive towards a goal of which tangible benefits
were not forthcoming.
Despite all the severe constraints, we held steadfast and firm to our vision,
determined to launch the Mentoring Program into a new dimension.
|"Through the Hottest furnace comes the Purest
|And we did. On 20 June 1998, the Scheme was officially launched by Associate Professor
Ho Peng Kee, Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs. We knew that our efforts had paid
off as we looked at the proud mentors, who had completed their one-year service, standing
on the stage, receiving tokens of appreciation from their mentees. In turn, these mentors
commissioned the new mentors who had taken over their roles to continue furthering the
spirit of mentoring.
|No doubt, the path ahead of us is tough. Nevertheless, we believe that mentoring will
be an effective tool to address the rising juvenile delinquency in our society.
with a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers, holding steadfast to our common
vision, I am confident that together, we can make a difference!