“I started as a young social worker in 1992. Besides serving families in the FSC, I also had the privilege of pioneering Children and Youth work at Lakeside. I taught creative writing and speech & drama to the children at our student care centre twice a week and ran math tuition programmes every Wednesday evening.
In the afternoons, I was in charge of our youth drop-in centre for the children and youths in our neighbourhood. We played table tennis, carrom and board games. Every Thursday evening, I ran a Youth Cafe where we served snacks, played games and watched movies together. Occasionally we would have interesting speakers come to give talks on coping with stress, boy-girl relationships, and career guidance. I also managed the Lakeside football club. We had great fun and made many friends.
Through these programmes, we were able to reach out to many children and their families, and in the process helped them with issues and challenges that they faced. We gave guidance to a youth who might have dropped out of school, and had to retake his ‘O’ levels and eventually he graduated from polytechnic and later university. We helped a number of them leave gangs and follow a better path. We also helped a number of them overcome depression and recover their confidence and self-esteem.
Through these experiences, I have come to believe strongly in the importance of investing our time, energy, love and patience in the lives of the children and youths, because they have so much potential for good in them. No matter how disadvantaged or challenging their situation may be, I believe that it is always possible for them to overcome these obstacles and to make something good out of their lives.
At Lakeside, our mission is to nurture and mentor the next generation of children and youths, so that they will lead meaningful and productive lives and be a blessing to our society.
Join us in changing lives and transforming communities. Together, WE CAN!“
Tee Loon, Executive Director, Lakeside Family Services