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Leadership Incubator (LI) was started in 2010 based on a simple idea. We wanted to build a network of Malay/Muslim youths in Singapore who could be agents for community good. 

To date, LI has hosted young adults from various causes and community organizations, from education to empowering women. Participants are trained to appreciate our community's history, understand complex social issues and build & manage teams to deliver interventions.

We strongly believe that this common journey will strengthen trust & communication between our young leaders, promoting cooperation even as they return to their own organizations & causes.

By popular request, we introduced 2 tracks for LI:

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Build a strong base for self-directed personal growth as a community activist and leader.

You will discover your leadership & interpersonal preferences and design a meaningful path to become an active community member.

Gain working knowledge of our community history, dynamics and current landscape.

What we see in the Singapore Malay/Muslim community today is the product of historical events and choices, and the continued impact of local and global forces.

You will gain working knowledge in this area so you can better understand the environment you are serving in.

Learn basic project development skills & how to execute effectively.

You will learn to pick apart complex challenges faced by the community, design solutions and strategies to implement them.

More advanced project skills will be taught in LI Projects.

LI Core

A foundation programme for active volunteers in our community

LI Projects

Dates to Note

About LI

Life after LI

We're not done with you yet... welcome to the LI Alumni.

We regularly nominate LI alumni for national and international leadership programmes so they can deepen expertise in their areas of interest and build networks with other active youths.

We support LI projects long after they've graduated the LI programme. We help projects with small development expenses, open doors to national agencies and community partners, and support their recruitment and publicity through our social media presence and major events. 

The best part of LI in the connections you make within your batch and with alumni from different batches. Our rich network of socially-active young adults is one of the best ways to stay connected to the community or explore new initiatives.

I'm interested in LI Core

What will I pick up in LI Core?

A lot. After running LI for 3 years and listening to your feedback, we’ve extracted the most practical and popular bits of LI and packed them into a solid sequence of workshops.

All these in just 2 Saturdays and 2 evenings a month over 3 months.

 

Personal Discovery

  • Know Yourself: Understanding how you perceive the world & make decisions
  • What Role Are You Suited For? Entrepreneur, manager or specialist?
  • Leadership & Islam 1: Religion as a source of ethics, role models & personal renewal

Community Knowledge

  • The Malay/Muslim community in Singapore: History, dynamics & current landscape
  • Leadership & Islam 2: Islam and Modernity in the local & global context

Project Skills

  • Systems Thinking: How to work with complex social issues
  • Design for Social Impact: A toolkit for creating interventions/programmes that work
  • Hidden Communities: Site visit. Reaching out to others outside your bubble, growing by dealing with discomfort, developing humility & empathy
  • Using Technology: How to tap on tech solutions without being a techie
  • Spreading the Message: Using social media effectively for public communications and marketing
  • Strategizing for Change: How to work with stakeholders to implement change successfully in the community/organization

Putting It All Together

  • Capstone: Developing a personal & project development plan 

Have a question about Leadership Incubator? Drop Wardha an email at wardha@mendaki.org.sg or direct message us via our Mendaki Club facebook page and we will get back to you shortly.

Register your interest and we’ll contact you within a week to complete the rest of your application. This includes an application form and a short interview.

FAQs

LI Core

1. What is application process like for LI Core?

Register your interest and we’ll contact you within a week to complete the rest of your application. This includes an application form and a short interview over Google Hangouts and/or in person.

2. How do we choose LI participants?

We look for curiosity, a passion to serve others and a strong sense of determination. Experience volunteering in the community is helpful but not critical.

3. If I sign up for LI Core, do I need to proceed with LI Projects?

No. Proceeding with LI Projects is optional. However, we encourage every participant to develop a project to apply the training you’ve received during LI Core. You can start a new project or volunteer with a community organization to help improve an existing one.

4. What is the level of commitment required for LI Core?

LI Core happens over 3 months. We are planning for 2 Saturday workshops and up to 2 weekday evening sessions each month. Participants should plan to attend at least 75% of all workshops. Dates will be provided several weeks ahead.

5. Do I get to select my own project group or will I be assigned to one?

You’re free to form your own project groups. We can assist those who have an existing project idea but need to form a group to implement it.

6. Will I get help identifying a community organization partner in my area of interest?

Yes. Mendaki Club, our volunteers and partner organizations have a network of partners we can tap on. During the LI Projects phase, each project will also have a mentor that can point your group in the right direction.

 

LI Projects

1. What is the application process like for LI Projects?

Applications to LI Projects will be assessed on (i) having a project idea, (ii) passion for the subject area, and (iii) ability to commit time & energy to launch a pilot project. Your experience and performance during LI Core will also be considered.

The detailed application process is still being finalized.

2. What is the level of commitment required for LI Projects?

The LI Projects phase will last up to 6 months. During this period, we will work with you to launch a pilot of your community project.

We will set certain milestones to push your projects forward, including presentations to potential partners. Aside from this, the commitment level depends on how passionately your group feels about your project.

Based on our experience launching several LI projects over the last 3 years, 6 months is a reasonable amount of time to get a trial version of your project up and running.

3. Do I get to select my own project group or will I be assigned to one?

You are free to form your own project groups. We encourage projects to have at least 2-4 members. We can assist those who have an existing project idea but need to form a group to implement it.

4. Who will be my project mentor?

Project mentors will have experience in your area of interest and/or executing projects within community organizations. They can be professionals who are volunteering in the social sector, or working full-time in community organizations.

5. Will I get help identifying a community organization partner in my area of interest?

Yes. Mendaki Club, our volunteers and partner organizations have a network of partners we can tap on. During the LI Projects phase, each project will also have a mentor that can point your group in the right direction.

6. What if my project group prefers to go it alone, without partnering with a community organization?

We encourage you to work with community organizations to tap on their existing programmes, operational experience and networks. Previous LI projects have introduced new programmes to better serve the beneficiaries of existing community partners, such as Beyond Social Services, Jamiyah Children’s Home and MClub’s Young Minds Club. This is likely the quickest way to get a project up and running.

However, should your project be independent of any existing community organisation, we will work with you to to implement the project independently.

7. How can my project qualify for funding?

Your LI Projects will then go through a series of rungs that will measure their effectivity, plausibility, and sustainability. Once the project is approved, Mendaki Club will provide seed funding for its further development.

 

If you’ve enjoyed LI Core, identified a good team of people to work with or found a community need that you’d like to develop further, LI Projects is where you can kickstart a meaningful project on an ongoing basis.

Structure of LI Projects

  • 6 months of developing a project/programme with a community organization that your group has identified jointly with us
  • A project mentor will be attached to your group throughout the 6 months. Your mentor will be matched to your area of interest/intervention.
  • Up to $1,000 of seed funds to build your project during 6-month pilot phase
  • Up to $10,000 in project development funds if your project is effective and can be expanded beyond the 6-month pilot

Need project ideas?

The best project ideas come out of personal or community "heartaches". Whatever moves and worries you is a potential intervention. These are some areas we're interested in. 

  • Adapting to an Ageing Nation
  • Future of Food & Health
  • Innovative Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Building a Tech-Savvy Muslim Community
  • Guiding Youths to Excel in High-Impact Careers
  • Empowering Young Women for Leadership
  • Challenging Extremism by Building Positive Narratives of Muslims
  • Supporting Youths-at-Risk / Preventing Disenfranchisement
  • Using the Arts & Media for Social Change
FAQsLI CoreLI ProjectsRegister for LI CoreAbout LI

10 days of workshops over 3 months to give as many young volunteers as possible a grounding in community issues & project skills. No project commitment.

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6-month project incubator after completion of LI Core. We give you mentors, partners and funds to kickstart a meaningful project on an ongoing basis.

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PROJECTS LAUNCHED BY LI GRADUATES

PARTNERS WE HAVE WORKED WITH ON PROJECTS

Structure of LI Core

  • About 10 days’ worth of workshops over a 3-month period, conducted over 2 Saturdays and 2 weekday evenings a month. Short, sharp but comprehensive.
  • Those who complete the the LI Core can develop community projects in the LI Projects phase, join existing LI projects or go back to your daily lives and apply your new skills there!

 

Goals of LI Core

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