RYTHM Foundation’s latest endeavour, the Volunteer Development Programme (VDP), has debuted in Malaysia, heralding an innovative initiative to inspire public engagement and stimulate youth volunteerism within local communities.
Whether supporting education, empowering the underprivileged, or fostering sustainable development, the VDP’s participants will be part of a vibrant community of like-minded individuals united by the belief that we can change the world together.
“In the face of today’s challenges, we need a new generation of proactive individuals who are not just willing to make a difference but are equipped with the necessary skills to initiate change through volunteerism,” the Head of RYTHM Foundation, Santhi Periasamy, said about the goal of the VDP.
“Our main objective is to develop a community with a civic mindset, ready to create positive impacts and reach out to deserving communities – be it through our or other initiatives or organisations,” Santhi added.
The programme launched in August to an enthusiastic start, drawing many applications from eager individuals ready to make a meaningful impact in their communities.
During the two initial sessions, the participants were introduced to the Foundation and our various programmes through engaging orientation sessions.
Moreover, the training component did more than impart valuable insights; it nurtured a dedicated volunteer mindset and equipped the participants with essential skills for their upcoming engagements. The training sessions were conducted by consultants from social enterprise servebetter.
The inaugural cohort of volunteers who participated in the initial training sessions were brimming with enthusiasm and anticipation, eager to embark on their journey of community service.
University student Mohamed Nazri Prem Nasir has previously taught underprivileged children in Cambodia and supported mental health awareness programmes in Kuala Lumpur. Eager to connect with fellow volunteers, he is excited about the VDP, seeing it as a chance to enhance his volunteering skills and foster collaborations.
“I am keen to acquire better skills to become an even more effective volunteer. I’m excited about getting started on RYTHM Foundation’s many initiatives,” the 21-year-old said.
Mohd Nazri’s fellow volunteers echoed the importance of making a meaningful impact on the well-being of others and the broader community.
Nur Faezah Kardani highlighted this sentiment: “For me, it is about the collective effort to uplift the underserved and build stronger communities. And the VDP is a good starting point for those without experience or an idea of where and how to start.”
From fostering connections to leaving a positive legacy, from embodying change to channelling joy, the reasons for volunteering are as unique as those who signed up for the programme.
“I want to volunteer because it will connect me with diverse perspectives and teach me about empathy. We’re all in this together, and our actions can impact lives meaningfully,” another student, Tharun Raghavan Suresh, said.
Make a Real Difference Now
We’re on the lookout for enthusiastic folks who are eager to shake things up in their communities. Join the VDP and be part of something extraordinary! For more information, eligibility, and to register, click here.