Social Impact Bootcamp

Would you like to cultivate skills and knowledge to work effectively for social change?

Social Impact Bootcamp (previously known as the NGO Bootcamp) is a week-long programme focused on building foundational skills for effective social change and impact. A multi-module sequence, Bootcamp aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a difference in Singapore and the world.

Sessions will be interactive and applied, with an emphasis on context-specific practice. They will be facilitated by a range of non-profit, academic, and corporate experts. Approximately 30+ participants comprising Yale-NUS students, select NUS students and NGO partners attend Bootcamp each year.

Application deadline: 28 February (2359)

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Tan Yock Theng
Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

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  • Objectives and overview
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  • Past participants' feedback & Archives


The sessions offered through Social Impact Bootcamp are aligned with the following learning objectives. Students will:

  1. Be able to recognise and analyse contemporary social realities, including the relative privilege or marginalisation of their own and other groups (Social Justice);
  2. Learn to interact appropriately, sensitively and self-critically with the communities for whom they work, and appreciate the knowledge, wisdom, skills and diversity that they possess (Perspective);
  3. Cultivate skills and capacity to work constructively across organisations, communities, and sectors to tackle problems and promote the public good (Capacity);
  4. Be motivated to align their personal, academic, and professional choices with their greatest gifts and society’s greatest needs (Civic Engagement).

Content overview (2019)

  1. Public narrative – a leadership practice of conveying values and inviting others into collaborative action
  2. Three Horizons Planning – a framework for futures-planning
  3. Theory of change – building rigour and accountability through evidence-based social change efforts
  4. Negotiation – the art and science of navigating self and others’ interests
  5. Resource mobilisation – cultivating a practice around effective pitching and fundraising
  6. Design Thinking – an orientation focusing on user needs, and rapid proto-typing to develop interventions
  7. Asset-based Community development – a community-orientation lens focused on leveraging community strengths and assets
  8. Experiential learning – student-led service or social impact project

Students who are interested in undertaking social-impact internships are encouraged to do so. Available internships can be accessed via Simplicity here