How we grew from a small initiative to a 3000sqft centre and supported over 2000 beneficiaries.
People lacking the resources, exposure and a conducive environment from very young lack the confidence, skills and relationships to capitalize on opportunities in life. When they try to acquire these skills and networks later on in life, it's so much more difficult for them to succeed and break out of a vicious cycle.
Glyph Community disrupts this cycle by offering kids and youth from lower-income households or challenging family environments access to affordable privileges in life. Our mission is to continuously endeavour new ways to combat obscene inequality and equalise opportunities among the social classes.
Glyph has 2 main divisions - our social enterprise and our charity.
Our charity arm, Glyph Community, focuses on supporting children and youth from disadvantaged families.
Glyph was started by a group of friends as a small initiative back in 2017 to help families in need in the Bukit Merah area. Initially, various types of classes were conducted once a week with a small group of 5 kids. Slowly, we started to have more children in the community as more families acknowledged the opportunities given to their children through us.
In 2019, we started to collaborate with Community Link of the Ministry of Social and Family Development to run our classes in the Marsiling area, branching out our reach to families in the North. Boon Lay followed soon after.
In 2021, we moved from Bukit Merah to a larger (and more colourful) space in Beach Road. Eventually, Glyph Community was incorporated as a charity in August 2021. We are also a full member of NCSS and are joined by an accomplished board of directors.
It is our honour to have Minister Desmond Lee as our patron, who has further strengthened our belief in what we do and is helping us to grow even more.
We are now serving families in the Downtown area, Woodlands and Boon Lay.
That is just the start of our new journey with many challenges ahead. Despite our many pivots and changes (we'd prefer to call them innovation), Glyph will always stick true to its vision, mission and values.
Glyph Core Values
Glyph lets kids be themselves. We encourage kids to say what they mean, and we enable them to mean what they say.
We maintain a highly participative learning environment whereby children are encouraged to speak up and voice opinions about matters.
Glyph kids understand that change starts with them, and they are given the chance to show initiative and take charge of their learning.
We give kids space to tackle challenges on their own, while constantly encourage kids to embrace failure and to keep trying.
Glyph instructors lead by example, by demonstrating graciousness, gratitude, and being unafraid to admit their mistakes.