The annual S Rajaratnam Endowment Youth Model ASEAN Conference (SRE-YMAC) is a simulation of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Conference, where 200 participants from all ten ASEAN member states take on roles as diplomats to carry out research, network and engage in dialogues on issues that impact the development and growth of the region. These topics revolve around the domains of Arts & Culture, Economics, Environment, Security and Society. The programme also includes designed segments to commemorate the work and contributions of Mr Rajaratnam and the other pioneers of ASEAN, as well as learning journeys and social contribution activities that are related to the topics under discussion.
The goal of SRE-YMAC is to be a platform for youths of today in ASEAN to make positive changes in their community tomorrow, through:
Initiated by Singapore Polytechnic (SP) as an inter-polytechnic event in 2012 involving 120 polytechnic students from Singapore, SRE-YMAC has since grown to include participants from all ten ASEAN countries from 2014-2016, with the support of S Rajaratnam Endowment. SP became the Singapore recipient for the inaugural ASEAN People’s Award in 2015, due in part to the ASEAN-wide Conference, which is a component of SP’s ASEAN Outreach Thrust.
The theme for SRE-YMAC 2016 was “Bridging Hearts, Building Ties”. After the Conference, participants presented their resolutions to the Guest-of-Honour, Mr Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education (Schools).
The themes for 2014 and 2015 were “Voices Today, Echoes Tomorrow” and “Unity in Community” respectively. After the Conference, participants presented their resolutions to Mr Lawrence Wong, then Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information, who was the guest-of-honour in 2014, and to Ms Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Prime Minister’s Office, who was the Guest-of-Honour in 2015.