THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE is a story about giving hope. It is about unlocking life's second chances for ex-offenders to help them find new lives beyond the prison walls.
The Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) embodies this spirit of hope. For 10 years, It has been passionately engaging and galvanising the community - families of ex-offenders, corporate, non-profit and government partners, and the general public - entreating them to believe that every ex-offender who takes personal responsibility for his own life can be transformed and reintegrated successfully into the society.
Commemorating its 10th Anniversary, this book chronicles YRP inception, journey, and triumphs as well as challenges. It also features ex-offenders whose transformed lives are a testament to the relentless work and contribution of the people behind the project. Reverberating with grit, resolve and hope, the stories will set your heart ablaze to extend your hands in unlocking second chances for ex-offenders.
Truly, every transformed life is a trophy of hope and belief.
Celebrating 10 years of championing second chances for ex-offenders, the Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) will mark its anniversary in 2013 with a series of commemorative events and meaningful partnerships. Since its inception 9 years ago, more than 380,000 members of the community had participated in YRP’s activities such as the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, Yellow Ribbon Concert etc. The YRP also partnered 1,500 community partners through fundraising activities, sponsorship opportunities or employment opportunities for ex-offenders.
The strong show of support from the community was also reflected in a survey conducted in 2012, which saw YRP receiving 96% awareness and a majority of the community willing to offer second chances to ex-offenders.
Revolving around the theme – “Celebrating 10 years of Second Chances” given to ex-offenders”, the YRP’s focus in 2013 will be on attributing its success to the strong support it has received over the 9 years, and thanking every Singaporean who believed in the cause.
Secondly, the YRP will also focus on fostering stronger community engagement to empower more Singaporeans with the opportunity to be a part of the movement. Ex-offenders are encouraged to share about their reintegration journey and pay special tribute to the employers, family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours etc; people whom had made a difference in their lives.
Do you know of any ex-offenders who made good use of the Second Chances given to them?
Nominate them for Celebrating Second Chances now!
Celebrating Second Chances is an award ceremony that aims to commend the efforts of reformed offenders and community partners whom had made significant contributions to the YRP. As the route to re-integration is often an uphill challenge, this award ceremony hopes to encourage and honour reformed offenders who made good use of second chances offered to them to break down barriers of their past and fulfil their potential in lives. The ceremony would be held on 19th October this year and it is into its 4th run since its inception in 2006.
The committee of the Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) would like to say a big THANK YOU to all 10,000 runners that had made the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2013 a blazing success! This year’s event marks YRP’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations. We made history with the Giant Human Yellow Ribbon Formation, culminating a record of 1,230 runners and raising more than $130,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund! Seeing participants from all walks of lives coming together to lend their support in celebrating 10 years of second chances was truly inspirational!
In the past 10 years, efforts spent by YRP and the community helped shift public perception significantly. Indeed, the campaign would not have come so far without the strong support from the community. However, we can do more and we hope to see more support from you in the years to come.
We also want to take this opportunity to highlight that the Yellow Ribbon mooncakes which were part of the runner’s goodie bags were hand-baked by our inmates from the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) Bakery, in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival. We hope you enjoyed the mooncakes.
Do look out for your photos on our facebook (Yellow Ribbon Project Singapore), instagram (YellowRibbonSG), twitter (YellowRibbonSG) and your race results at here.
For more information, please contact Premchand at 6214 2832 or Premchan_shari@score.gov.sg.