In Action

Connecting with youths today, empowering them for a better tomorrow.

Our Purpose

Changi Foundation Logo

Changi Foundation was launched in April 2012 to support and reach out to disadvantaged youths, a social cause that CAG has supported since 2010. Each year, CAG allocates a percentage of its net profit to the Changi Foundation, which supports youth community efforts. Through the programmes and projects funded by the Changi Foundation, CAG has touched the lives of over 5,000 youths since 2012.

Changi Foundation is administered by the Community Foundation of Singapore, an independent non-profit organisation set up to inspire giving in Singapore by bridging donors with innovative grant making on community causes.

Committed to Youth Development

Youths are in the stage of their lives where they are working towards achieving their full potential. However, for some of them, their aspirations are cut short prematurely due to various circumstances, such as financial difficulties or lack of family support.

Changi Foundation partners

Since 2010, CAG has supported more than 5,000 disadvantaged youths through a variety of programmes and initiatives. In addition to partnering Metta School and NorthLight School as our main beneficiaries, Changi Foundation also supports the following charity organisations/Social Service Organisations:

  • Beautiful People
  • Institute of Technical Education
  • Life Community Services Society
  • Metta Welfare Association
  • Shine Children & Youth Services
  • TOUCH Community Services
Close partnership with Northlight school

Close Partnership with Metta School and Northlight School

We believe that every youth wants to do well and has aspirations for the future. Through our CSR efforts, we hope to minimise barriers to success for the youths we support to enable them to lead independent and purposeful lives in future.

Since 2014, Changi Foundation has adopted NorthLight School as our main charity beneficiary and in 2018, we adopted Metta School as our second beneficiary.

We believe in being engaged philanthropists, and have deep-dived our efforts with both schools, co-creating programmes that complement the schools’ curriculums and are carefully crafted to provide the students with relevant, meaningful developmental experiences. The fully immersive programmes also helps CAG volunteers develop a bond with the students over time.

Find out more about Northlight School

School and Students
NorthLight School aims to provide an engaging education for the youths and prepare them for lifelong learning and employability. The school caters to the learning needs of students who are unable to progress through the mainstream academic school system after their Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) and/or those at risk of prematurely leaving school.

Curriculum and Values
The school adopts an experiential approach to teaching and learning. It focuses on nurturing the students' socio-emotional development by recognising their achievements, encouraging peer support, and creating conditions to promote self-esteem. The school customises curriculum and programmes to better motivate these students, build up their basic academic foundation and equip them with the essential skills to take on challenges in the workplace. Students can benefit from the more customised hands-on learning approach, giving them a better chance to succeed.

For more details about NorthLight School, do visit the school’s website here.

Our Programmes

Numeracy Coaching

Mathematics is an academic subject which students generally need more help in. The numeracy coaching programmes is held weekly at the school, where CAG staff coach selected students who have been identified by their teachers as requiring more assistance in numeracy. The one-to-one engagement between student and volunteer allows for more personalised attention, which in turn brings about more tangible improvement.

Youth Passport Programme (YPP)
The Youth Passport Programme provides youths the opportunity to experience first-hand the exciting environment at a world-class airport and get a glimpse of what the working world is like. The visit also exposes them to possible careers at Changi Airport. This get the youths thinking early about their personal interests and strengths, and different career options, so that they can make a more informed decision before they opt for their course of study in Year 3.

Career Development Programme
The programme complements the school’s curriculum as students benefit from real-life interactions with employers and from the exposure to an authentic operational work environment. Preparatory workshops such as the grooming workshop or the "Be A Service Star" workshop – which is based on the Changi Service DNA, strengthen the students’ job readiness skills. Selected students undergo a five-day job attachment with CAG and various airport partners to gain more real-life work experience.

Local Community Service Learning Programme
We believe in encouraging the youths to give back to society. Whether is it an environment project, or meeting and helping individuals who are needier than they are, the youths would learn to better appreciate what they have been given. Students from various CCA groups in NorthLight School participate in workshops (covering topics such as self-awareness, confidence, team-work, event planning) that guide them in planning and executing their own community service projects from start to finish.

Find out more about Metta School

Metta School was established in 2001 by Metta Welfare Association, with the support of the Ministry of Education and the National Council of Social Service.

The school offers special education to students with Mild Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder, aged between 7 and 21 years, with the aim of preparing them for a future of gainful employment, independence, social connections and self-worth.

Metta School currently has an enrolment of about 400 students with IQs that range between 50 - 70.

For more details about Metta School, do visit the school website here.

Our programmes with Metta School

Social Competence Learning Programme

This programme focuses on helping students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to develop daily living skills. Tasks that we perform with little thought, like buying groceries or meals, seeking medical attention etc, do not come as easily for this special group of youths; and so, leveraging the mini-city that is Changi Airport, they drop by several times a year to practise within the safe, comfortable confines of our terminals, and with the guidance of volunteers comprising CAG staff or airport partners.

Two Week Job Trial
Working closely with selected airport partners, we provide work experience for students with Mild Intellectual Disability and/ or ASD. The programme allows the students to be trained, under close supervision, in an authentic work environment, with the intent of preparing them for open employment in the near future.

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News and Events

Find out more about how we are bringing positive change to the community around us.

In 2018
26th March Changi helps youths spread their wings
In 2017
3rd December Global showcase for artists with disabilities
In 2016
20th April A cool $65k for ST fund to help kids
In 2015
8-10th July A three-day company-wide donation drive was organised in support of NorthLight School’s Life Shop which saw a total of 5,500 brand new and pre-loved items collected.
12th March CAG’s Saturday Night Lights Programme was lauded as a positive example of corporate giving in a Parliament session on 12 Mar 2015.
In 2014
17th and 28th July An interview skills workshop was conducted for 60 NorthLight School students to better prepare them for entry into the workforce.
26th January CAG partnered Singapore Sports Council to kick-start a football programme for underprivileged youths in the central district.
In 2013
15th December Changi Foundation’s community projects for youths were featured in The Sunday Times article – “For a Good Cause”.
20th September Youths were taken on a behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about Changi Airport and its operations.
1st January CAG donated S$360,000 in support of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund for children from low-income families.
In 2012
8th December CAG was featured in The Straits Times’ Causes Week as an example of companies who do their part in reaching out to those in need.
19th July The CAG-Howe Yoon Chong Book Prize for students was launched in honour of Mr Howe Yoon Chong, a man who played a pivotal role in the development of Changi Airport.
26th April The Changi Foundation was launched by CAG as a community initiative to reach out to underprivileged youths in Singapore.

Fun facts

  • 600

    Lives positively touched each year

  • 5 days

    Volunteerism leave granted for each employee

  • $200K

    Collected yearly from donation boxes

  • 1800

    Employees in Changi Airport Group

  • >540

    Awards and Accolades

  • 50K

    Working together at Changi Airport

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