Zero Wate Bootcamp Secondsguru youth environment community projects

As the flagship community outreach event by Secondsguru, the Zero Waste Bootcamps began in 2019 aligned with the “Year Towards Zero Waste” in Singapore. 

What is the Zero Waste Bootcamp?

The Zero Waste Bootcamp (ZWB) is a 12-16 week programme where youth (aged 18-35 years old) team up, create and execute sustainability projects. The ZWB not only encourages environmental stewardship, but also fosters the development of creative solutions to environmental and social problems we face in Singapore today. Moreover, the ZWB equips youth with skills and knowledge to craft meaningful projects with sustainable impacts, giving them the opportunity to gain mentorship in their engagement with Secondguru’s founders as well as partner not-for-profit organisations. 

How much do the youth participants pay? 

Nothing in $, they pay via their time and commitment! The 1st four bootcamps (March 2019- 2020) were powered by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the bootcamps November 2020 onwards are powered by National Youth Council (NYC).   

To sign up for the next bootcamp, complete this registration of interest form. 

What participants can expect at the Zero Waste Bootcamp

The ZWB consists of 3 distinct sections: a 1 day kick-off event, execution of projects and a final review. The 1 day kick-off event is where participants meet and bond with their teammates, and begin to brainstorm solutions to local environmental sustainability issues in collaboration with partner organisations. After presenting their ideas, teams move on to roll out their action plans in the community for 12-16 weeks. Monthly review sessions are carried out with Secondsguru to ensure that teams are on track. Finally to conclude, the teams present their results and learning in the final review session, and the team with the best executed project gets a grant and other eco-prizes!

Participants can look forward to becoming certified Green Ambassadors, gain skills and knowledge to carry out a sustainability project and connect with other talented youth in Singapore. Their journey and projects will be showcased posters and displayed in a traveling exhibition in Singapore – here’s the showcase of the latest bootcamp cohort, which is currently moving through The National Library network! 

If you’re looking to be an agent of change towards a more sustainable Singapore, join our Zero Waste Bootcamp (ZWB) where you not only learn about Singapore’s waste-scape, but also gain skills to carry out a meaningful project in the community! Indicate your interest here or scan this QR code

All photographs from previous ZWBs can be found on our Facebook albums page here.

A big thanks to all our partners who have supported Secondsguru as we work hard to make the Bootcamps happen year after year!

The Zero Waste Bootcamp Journey!

Since 2019, 5 Zero Waste Bootcamps have taken place thus far. Our cohorts have included working professionals as well as college students. In all, over 100 participants joined the 5 past bootcamps, joining/ organising 35+ community events. They established over 50 collaborations with local eco groups, eco businesses, community centres and corporates. Via these events, the bootcamp had a cascading impact as they connected with and had conversations with nearly 3000 individuals. 

A broad scope of zero waste issues have been addressed in previous iterations of the ZWB, ranging from food waste to overconsumption of disposables to unsustainable fashion and so forth. 

ZWB #5 – Our 5th Zero Waste Bootcamp -Nov 2020 to March 2021- edition was a mix of virtual and physical segments owing to Covid, but it retained the essence of community-centric outreach achieving the dual goal of environmentally and socially sustainable projects. 21 youth worked in 5 teams to actively address an eco and social sustainability issue identified by a not-for-profit organisation and Secondsguru. See the details here.

Highlights of the winning projects from the bootcamp thus far: 

ZWB #5- 🌊  Waterways | Team Otterly-Eco held a Kayak ‘n’ Klean event to reduce trash along waterways in Singapore, and raised awareness about waterway pollution in a 3-part video series.

ZWB #3 – 👕  Fashion | Team OATH, now renamed ‘Cloop’, focussed on spreading awareness about the impact of the fashion industry via creating a preloved clothes library to mend, rent, repurpose and donate.

ZWB #2 – 🥤  Disposables | Team ReFeel created and marketed a BYOCup event at their CBD office building involving F&B vendors and multiple offices

ZWB #1 – 🥬  Food Waste | Team Food Fighters participated in food rescues, and ran educational booths where they used canes and dishes from rescued food to create awareness

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