We have a new story to share with all of you, courtesy of Lianain Films.
Listening to his story, it seems like there is nothing Frankie hasn’t tried before in his life. Armed robbery, drug peddling, gang fights (with serious injuries and even death), escape from jail… he really did do it all. He spent a large part of his life doing time for all sorts of offences.
Thanks to the Yellow Ribbon Project giving him a second chances, he’s managed to turn things around for himself, and is now a pretty successful artist. He is held up as an example to all. “See? The Yellow Ribbon Project works!”
Hearing his story makes me feel like there’s hope in everyone, no matter how young or how old they might be. It is never too late to change your life. It is not impossible for people to turn things around.
And so if Frankie could do this with such success, why should we deny Vui Kong the opportunity to try? After all, he is half Frankie’s age. With the proper guidance and rehabilitation, he too could change his life and show us the value of second chances.
See you on the 19th at Hong Lim Park, 4pm!
David is a student of the Singapore Management University (SMU), with a double major in Psychology and Human Resources. He was the recipient of the Youth Shine Award 2010, which celebrates youth achievement. He has appeared in newspapers, his success story held up as an example for all to see.
But David was not always a star pupil.
In his secondary school days, he gang-hopped between 9 to 10 gangs, playing truant and getting into fights. He failed his Secondary 3 year three times, even after he was moved into the Normal (Academic) stream. He lost his best friend after rivals seeking revenge attacked his gang, and David was jailed for 18 months for rioting.
Upon his release, he went back to his old ways and got into more fights, attracting more trouble that landed him in jail for 6 years for attempted manslaughter.
These 6 years in jail was a wake-up call and a turning point for David, who began to pay more attention to his education. He went from a boy who could not pass Secondary 3 to the O Levels top-scorer in his class. He also scored well enough in his A Levels to gain admission into SMU.
David now works with Architects of Life as a mentor to “at-risk” youth, guiding them away from the mistakes that he had committed in his teenage years.
In this short video, David talks about his experience.
Our video is finally here!
Youth For Second Chances was shot on one (very hot) September day in a variety of locations around Singapore. We met up with young dancers, freerunners and musicians, all of whom had agreed to appear in our video in the hopes that it would contribute to the campaign to save the life of Yong Vui Kong.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and energy in the making of this video!
– cheers, kirsten
See what other blogs wrote about this video:
– Lianain Films
– Save Vui Kong