|Objective||Activity||Date and Time||Venue||Descriptions|
|Educational||Youth Dhamma Class||930am–12pm, |
|MV||Our weekly Dhamma class is part of the Mangala Vihara Sunday Dhamma School and builds on the children's classes to give our youths a good grounding in the Dhamma.|
|Spiritual||Youth Puja Leaders||MV||We give our youths the opportunity to become leaders within the Mangala Vihara community by training them to become puja leaders for the Sunday Dhamma School puja service.
|Spiritual||Vesak Choir||Vesak||MV||Every year, our music-loving youths form the choir for the special Vesak puja.|
|Social||Social functions||We organise regular outings, both during and outside Dhamma class times, to give our youths more opportunities to bond and socialise. The youths have been to several Buddhist exhibitions at the Asian Civilisations Museum, on a nature walk at MacRitchie Reservoir and annual bonding days at Sentosa and East Coast Park.|
|Leadership||Camps/Bonding Activities||Our annual camps or bonding activities are organised solely by the youths, with support from mentors, to give them the opportunity to hone their leadership skills.|
|Community Service||KidsRead Program||10–11am, |
|Block 32 Chai Chee Avenue, S461032||An initiative of the National Library Board in partnership with People's Association, this nationwide reading program aims to promote the love of reading among children from lower income families. Our youths volunteer every week, for an hour.|
|Community Service||Willing Hearts||10am–12pm, |
every last Sun of the month
|Meet at the Shrine Hall after puja and walk to Willing Hearts together||Our monthly community involvement programme aims to give youths the opportunity to practice the Dhamma on a regular basis by helping out in the soup kitchen.|
|Community Service||Buddhist Free Clinic Donation Drive||In May or June||MV||In conjunction with Vesak celebrations every year, our youths will manage stalls to raise funds for the Buddhist Free Clinic, traditionally in the month of either May or June.|
To find out more or join any of these activities, drop us an email or visit us on Facebook.
How we started
Between June to August 2005, 7 youths from the Dhamma Classes and 5 mentors appointed by our late Bhante Mahaweera and the then Management Committee attended a Youth Leadership Course organised by Shan You Counselling Centre. At the end of the course, the youths emerged as more enriched Buddhists and the mentors to learn the valuable ways of relating to younger people. MV Youth Circle (MVYC) was then formed at the end of the course in August 2005 with the following objectives and vision.
We aim to
1. Introduce Buddhism to youths in a fun-loving way.
2. Provide exciting, challenging and experimental activities and foster friendship through interaction and bonding.
3. Engage in community service.