Introduction


Yishun Reading Stars (YRS) is renamed to Yishun Reading Odyssey (YRO) starting from AY19/20. YRO is a Regular Volunteering Programme conducted in partnership with Yishun Students Care Service (SCS), under a programme known as Reading Odyssey. NUS volunteers support SCS in planning and executing reading activities for this programme.

During the sessions, volunteers guide a group of P1 to P3 mainstream school children in various reading activities and cognitive-skills games. These children often present with weak literacy skills and low interest in reading.

We have about 8 core sessions per semester. In addition, there is also a fun-filled end-of-year camp in December and a major outing in June every year!




What We Do


The Reading Odyssey programme aims to provide at-risk readers with

  1. regular and consistent exposure to books
  2. increased reading opportunities with adult volunteers

The first half of the session is Guided Reading, where each volunteer is attached to a child to guide the child in reading a book. The focus is on helping to increase the child's ability to read for knowledge, so that eventually, they develop an interest and motivation to read!

Guided Reading

Guided Reading with our kids!

The next half of the session is spent on Group Story-telling and Cognitive-skills Games. Volunteers gather in groups to conduct story-telling sessions for the children. The books would revolve around the country of the week. This fun-filled activity will often be supplemented with interesting props to demonstrate to children that reading can be enriching and enjoyable at the same time! Under the guidance of the staff in-charge, volunteers then facilitate games that help to develop children's cognitive skills that are closely related to reading skills, such as visual and auditory memory.


Group Cognitive Games

Group Storytelling with the kids!

Group Story-telling

Our kids having fun with the cognitive skills games!

But there's much more to YRO!

Besides the regular sessions, we also organise consolidation parties to end off the semesters! During the party, there will still be regular activities such as 1-1 guided reading, group story-telling and cognitive-skills games. However there will be a special segment at the end where we present certificates of achievements to the children to acknowledge and reward them for their hard work and effort over the course of our 8 sessions.

In addition, we also organised outings to places such as to the Botanic Gardens, Changi Airport and Singapore Sports Hub. This is to let children have fun and learn interesting things that they do not get to learn in school, get exposure to different places around Singapore and at the same time, enabling volunteer-child bonding.


June Outing to Jacob Ballas Children's Garden :)

June Outing to Jacob Ballas Children's Garden :)

These camps and outings that we planned are mainly aimed at fostering greater friendship amongst the children and inculcating values of teamwork and perseverance in them while at the same time exposing them to themes like Caring for the Environment and Creativity as each camp/outing has its own theme.


December Camp Outing to National Gallery Singapore

December Camp where we explored Gallery Children's Biennale 2019 at the National Gallery Singapore




Volunteers' Thoughts

  • By Xin Yi, Vice-Chairperson

    “The sessions which feel the most positive are those in which the girls are cheerful and open. Them being energetic and optimistic allows for better interaction and engagement with the volunteers. Such positivity makes each volunteering session, at the end of the school day, much more enjoyable and immersive.”

  • By Felicia, Secretary & Programmes

    “Joining a committee and becoming a leader was a challenging yet fulfiling experience for me. I am glad that I met many like-minded volunteers who are passionate to serve the community. As a volunteer myself, I am also glad to be able to witness first-hand the growth of all the children in the programme. It is heartwarming to see them truly enjoy themselves in the programme, and returning every week eager to learn more from the volunteers!”

  • By Qi Feng, Volunteer

    “After volunteering in YRO for this semester, my perspective was greatly broadened especially in my views towards children. This was my first semester with YRO and also my first year in NUS and I am glad that I made the decision to be part of the YRO team. Given the opportunity to be part of the subcommittee for the YRO annual camp, I made the most memorable memories in YRO in the process of organising the camp. This is so as in addition to given a chance to plan and lead together with my team, I was also able to bond and understand my fellow YRO members better.”

  • By Evelyn, Volunteer

    “Spending time with the kids and volunteers is always a delight! I am grateful to be part of the kids’ journey as they learnt to enjoy reading. The weekly sessions with the kids have also taught me how to understand and interact with them as they all have very unique and cute personalities! Much appreciation for the other volunteers as well for guiding me and making every Friday fun and rewarding.”




Come Join Us!

WHERE:

SHINE Children & Youth Services (Yishun)
Blk. 202, Yishun Street 22, #01-89
(Near Yishun MRT Station, opposite Yishun Golden Village Cinema)


WHEN:

Every Friday, 6.30PM - 10PM


CONTACT:

nuscsc.yro@gmail.com


LINKS

YRO Facebook
YRO Instagram
SHINE Children and Youth Services