2. Held at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel, the charity event was graced by Mr Teo Chee
Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, and attended by over
600 corporate and individual donors.
3. Proceeds from the biennial Gala will go towards the YRF, and will benefit more than
3,000 inmates, ex-offenders and families through the funding of programmes such as the
provision of rehabilitative and aftercare services for ex-offenders, and those that benefit the
families of inmates and ex-offenders.
4. In 2018, YRF enhanced its YRF STAR (Skills Training Assistance to Re-start) Bursary
Programme and the Yellow Brick Road (YBR) Programme, as part of continued efforts to
strengthen support for beneficiaries.
YRF STAR (Skills Training Assistance to Re-start) Bursary
5. The YRF STAR Bursary Programme provides financial assistance to low-income ex-
offenders who wish to pursue tertiary education after their release. This enables ex-offenders
to build viable futures for themselves and their families, as well as to inspire other ex-
offenders to rebuild their lives through education.
6. In June 2018, YRF introduced career coaching support to 23 ex-offenders interested
in applying for the YRF STAR Bursary Programme. Coaches from career coaching agencies
provide practical advice, tools and resources to assist inmates and ex-offenders in defining
their career goals, to help them prepare for the field of study which they plan to undertake.
7. “YRF’s support towards my education through the YRF STAR Bursary has greatly
benefited me upon my release from prison. I hope that the community will continue to lend
their support towards giving ex-offenders a second chance and standing together with us in
our reintegration journey,” said Mr Mohammad Azahari bin Abdul Razak, a beneficiary of the
YRF STAR Bursary.