NILAI: The Students Volunteer Foundation (YSS) missions are able to produce progressive and dynamic students through high impact projects that will bring positive change to the society, according to the YSS participants. YSS alumni Leo Mixsbobic Edwin, 20, student of Diploma in Secretarial Science, Mersing Polytechnic, Johor, said YSS was a platform for him to help other people.
“The main thrust of YSS is education, so for each mission, volunteers will be teaching local children either in their housing areas or in schools.
“For each mission there is a leader who will lead them according to their respective fields, including education, agrobio, community, health, information technology and communications as well as disaster management,” he told Bernama here yesterday.
He said the volunteers were selected quite meticulously with two screenings at the higher education institutions and the ministry, as well as health checks.
Leo said the volunteer programme would not stop after the completion of the mission, it would be followed by the post-mission report presentation to ensure that every agenda being set would be successfully implemented and impacted the community.
For Mclly Adrian Simon, 24, a Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) student, YSS was not only producing volunteers but also shaping leaders to the extent that they could organise their own volunteering mission.
The Bachelor of Malaysian Studies with Education student said, since joining YSS in 2014, he had organised his own volunteering programme with the support of other volunteer community.
Ang Yee Quan, 21, student of Bachelor of Medicine at AIMST University said YSS was a platform to foster the spirit of helping people.
“I’m familiar with volunteer works since school days … since my majoring is about helping people, so I will keep doing it and fully supported by my parents,” he said.
A total of 100 student volunteers will participate in the first Malaysia Students Volunteer Foundation-Asean (YSS-Asean) mission this year to Sarawak for two weeks from Feb 20.
Students from Asean member countries, namely one each from Cambodia and Brunei, will join the mission, being organised by YSS.
They will carry out educational and teaching programmes at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Batang Maro, SK Nanga Nyimoh and SK Nanga Telamat and also various community projects in Kampung Batang Maro, Kabong, Nanga Nyimoh and Nanga Telamat in Song throughout their stay in Sarawak.
The 2016 YSS-Asean student volunteers mission to Sarawak flag-off was officiated by Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching at Putrajaya, on Wednesday. — Bernama