Better Internet x Youth Call-for-Proposals
The second Better Internet x Youth Call-for-Proposals has closed. Results will be announced in early-2019.
The Media Literacy Council launched the Better Internet x Youth Call-for-Proposals (CFP) in 2017 to support Digital Literacy community initiatives that promote online safety, responsibility and civility. The Council hopes to empower youths to initiate projects that will reach out to and benefit their peers as well as the community at large.
A key criterion of the CFP is for applicant organisations to have existing youth networks and for them to include youth participation when ideating, co-creating and implementing the projects.
The project beneficiaries are not limited to youths and may reach out to benefit any social segment in Singapore including students, working adults, parents, seniors and persons-with-disabilities.
Find out more about the projects supported under the first CFP.
1. Who is eligible?
The Call-for-Proposal is open to applications from public, private and people organisations, including MOE schools, Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), non-profit organisations such as self-help groups and voluntary welfare organisations, registered private educational institutions and youth sector organisations.
2. Can individuals apply for the Call-for-Proposal?
Only organisations may apply. If you are an individual with a great idea, you could partner with an eligible organisation to submit your proposal.
3. What types of project formats are you looking for?
There are no restrictions to the project formats that can be used and you are encouraged to use fresh and thoughtful project formats that effectively reach your project’s target audience(s). You should provide justification for the choice of project format in reaching your intended audience.
4. What support can I expect to get?
Applicants may be supported up to S$50,000 per proposal.
5. What are the focus areas of the Call-for-Proposal?
Priority will be given to projects that are designed to:
6. Is there a time limit for projects?
According to campaign period.
7. How will proposals be assessed?
The Media Literacy Council and its Secretariat will assess each proposal based on the following criteria:
Promote digital literacy through the co-creation of ground-up initiatives by youths for targeted segments of society
Relevance of project to target beneficiary
Feasibility of project implementation
Reach and impact
8. Is there anything MLC will not support?
Cost that will not be supported include, but are not limited to gifts, vouchers, start-up costs, operational costs and Goods and Services Tax (GST).
9. Am I allowed to submit more than one proposal?
10. How you can you apply?
Applications have closed for this round of the CFP. Results will be announced in early-2019.
Projects supported under the first CFP
1. Make The Change: Digital Arts for All
Using digital arts as the main avenue of expression, Digital Arts for All (DAFA) is created to underline experiential learning and empathetic thinking. A welcoming platform for beginners to understand, apply and develop skills in digital art, DAFA strives to foster an active ecosystem through engaging workshops, an accessible online gallery and a purposeful e-commerce platform with the plough-back profit model.
As an advocate of inclusivity, DAFA also believes in instilling a consciousness of media and digital literacy through its programme. The internalisation process is essential in bringing down isolating barriers across varying communities to live out its values “Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Kind” as a way of life.
2. CHIJ (Katong) Primary School: Towards a Cybersmart Community
CHIJ (Katong) Primary School hope to reach out to the large community within the vicinity of the school to educate them about the perils of Cyber Space and how to keep themselves safe online while at the same time not lose touch with emerging technologies. The school has worked closely with stakeholders (parents, teachers and partners) to promote positive peer influence among the students and also drive cyber safety messages to them.
A” circle of influence” has been established within the school and the school hopes to extend this influence to residents and schools in the community through outreach projects. Through this project, CHIJ (Katong) Primary School hope to cover the digital literacy issues cited above and educate the community to be savvy online citizens
3. Republic Polytechnic (DSEM): Intergenerational Digital Literacy Programme
Seniors are often left out in this fast-paced, technology-drive era. Through the Programme, Republic Polytechnic students empower seniors by helping them to pick up new digital literacy skills, thus enabling them to lead joyful, independent and inclusive lives.
The Programme addresses the challenges Seniors in using technology namely; understanding mobile devices, using eCitizen services, using Social Media and Mobile Commerce, and using the internet safely (e.g. identifying fake news).
“Mobile devices have become a necessity in our daily lives and is a tool to connect people. With Singapore’s growing ageing population, our Programme hopes to enrich the lives of seniors and re-engage them with their family, community and society.”
4. Temasek Polytechnic (School of Design): Zhun Bo
A webisode series by Temasek Polytechnic addressing the issue of fake news and promoting fact-checking habits among seniors.
“We decided to go with a game show as we thought that it was a good way to deal with a serious problem. Seniors are generally less-savvy and have less exposure to the internet as compared to the rest of the population. They think that fake news does not exist, and that everything they see online is trustable. This leads to them sharing links from unknown sources that were forwarded to them by their relatives whom they trust” -Youth Project Team Member
5. The Hidden Good: We-Ternet
A social experiment video involving a discussion between children and their parents on the Internet.
“Initially I was very hesitant to be a part of this, particularly with my mom. I felt it would be an awkward and difficult conversation given parents and children normally have differing and sometimes fixed opinions on social media, the internet & privacy. However, I decided to go for it and it really went well. We were both able to share and understand each other's concerns and perspectives. In doing so, we were able to get closer too. I would recommend for this to be done again to help bridge more parent-child pairs.” -Youth Participant