22 July 2011, Singapore – This is a community post by SUPERADRIANME.com.
We all want to be accepted one way or another by the people around us, be it family, loved ones, partners, colleagues or the community. Into it’s eighth year of the Yellow Ribbon Project, there has been increased awareness and support for such programmes centred upon community acceptance.
The Yellow Ribbon Champions programme was established as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and community engagement platform to sustain the support and continued engagement with the community. This year the Yellow Ribbon Champions programme aims to build closer, collaborative relationships with supporting organizations. Organizations can show support for the Yellow Ribbon Project and for giving inmates and ex-offenders a second chance in life by adopting YRP as a Yellow Ribbon Champion.
Organizations can participate by:
- Organizing outcome-based joint collaborations with the aim in helping YRP promote volunteerism, raising awareness of the campaign and creating fundraising platforms
- Donating to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which administers funding to the development and implementation of reintegration programmes for ex-offenders, as well as family support programmes to strengthen family ties of ex-offenders
- Adopting YRP as a preferred CSR programme by employing ex-offenders and participating in YRP programmes and services
- Volunteering with YRP via befriending programmes, or consultancy and advisory work
First Yellow Ribbon Champion – Singapore Art Museum
Singapore Art Museum (SAM) has come on board as the first Yellow Ribbon Champion.
SAM is supporting YRP on a few levels. The curator was involved as one of the judges in the Yellow Ribbon Art Competition and is also conducting a workshop for the participants of the competition. On an institutional level, SAM is offering a space in September this year to showcase all prize-winning and selected artworks from the Art Competition. In addition, for the first time this year, SAM will hold an open house on 24 September for the public and family members of the inmates.
The public can visit the exhibition from 9-25 September 2011 to view the artworks and gain an understanding on the inmates’ and ex-offenders’ thoughts, emotions and hope towards a new path of life.
Yellow Ribbon Art Competition Finals
15 inmates and ex-offenders out of 401 entries were selected by a panel of external judges comprising of leading members of the local arts community were selected as winning entries of the Yellow Ribbon Art Competition Finals 2011 on 14 July 2011 at Changi Prison Link Centre.
At the finals, Chairman of DBS Bank and LaSalle College of the Arts was present to grace the finals.
“Art is a powerful language through which inmates can express their innermost feelings and reflect on their past. Many of the messages expressed in the artworks are inspired by their families, whose encouragement and belief in them is the key to unlock the second prison,” said Peter Seah.
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