Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre
A haven where youths inspire each other and spread kindness together!
Youths are the future pillars of a nation. How a country will fare in the future depends very much on how much it values and invests in its younger generations. The Humanistic Youth Centre (HYC) is a new, non-profit startup by the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) that aims to bring about a positive impact to the youth community and groom future leaders for our nation. Our vision is to set up a platform for young people to realise wholesome values, get connected with one another and the society, and contribute towards a sustainable community.
Dharma Master Cheng Yen founded Tzu Chi upon the deep conviction that every human being has inherent goodness and purity and that this is human beings’ true, innate nature. The noble and good qualities of this true nature are represented by the Chinese term, “ren wen” (人文), which the master describes as the core value of Tzu Chi’s humanistic culture.
With this philosophy in mind, the HYC is designed to be a one-stop location for young people to gather, meet new friends, learn positive values, and be inspired. It features a comprehensive range of facilities and activities catered to nurturing and shaping young minds. Ultimately, we hope to empower youths to create positive social impact locally and internationally through the centre’s various programmes and activities.
Located by Yishun Pond, next to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, the HYC occupies the former premises of Yishun Polyclinic. Tzu Chi took over the premises in 2019 and transformed the location into a tastefully furnished venue to serve youths aged 15 to 35. The official opening of the HYC was held in November 2019, and it was graced by the presence of the Home Affairs and Law Minister, Mr. K. Shanmugam and Residents’ Committee representatives in the district.
As a community-based, non-profit startup, the HYC sees the collaboration between the Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) and various like-minded partners, who share common goals in operating this centre with us. It is defined by a Five-Pillar Approach, which encompasses Arts & Culture, Eco Awareness, Volunteerism, Young Parenting, and Youth Wellness. Therefore, our partners are carefully selected to meet these themes.
Through partnerships with various organisations and enterprises that are established and experienced in their respective industry specialisations, the HYC offers a wide range of holistic activities and programmes. This enables our partners and us to work together and jointly create an ideal hangout place for young people.
With the many indoor and outdoor activities as well as learning opportunities offered by the HYC, young people can develop and hone their talents and interests through exploration and discovery. Imbued with Tzu Chi’s spirit of Great Love and humanistic values, the centre offers modern youths a respite from their academic rigours and busy work life. It is a haven where they can socialise, engage in meaningful activities, relax, and have fun!
Facilities & Activities:
- Plant-based cafe and artisan bakery*
- Wellness studio*
- Sustainable workshops*
- Bookstore café
- Multi-purpose hall equipped with AV and lighting
- Co-working space
- Study area
- Youth volunteer room
- Counselling rooms
- Office space/Pantry/Conference room
Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre
Address: 30A Yishun Central 1, Singapore 768796
Tel: (65) 6235 4901
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm (including public holidays)
* Run by partners (operating hours may differ)
With a rise in mental health issues among the youth in recent years, art therapy has emerged as one of the more popular activities in tackling this growing societal problem. To enhance the social-emotional well-being and social skills of primary school students, Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre (HYC) launched an after-school programme titled “Kidz Hideout” in early 2022, including art therapy as one of its key activities.
Since the opening of the Seniors Engagement and Enabling Node (SEEN) centres in 2019, they have served as crucial pillars of support for many seniors living in the community, helping to provide joy and care in their lives. Beyond this, the centres have also been actively supporting various seniors’ research projects . . .
What were players from 10 to 61 years old vying for on the same field? For the first time in the history of Tzu Chi, environmental protection and disaster prevention were promoted through an e-sports competition.