AMP introduced the Adopt a Family & Youth Scheme (AFYS) in 1999 to encourage self-reliance within disadvantaged families. Under the scheme, families are assisted through financial assistance and management, economic empowerment, socio-educational and parental education programmes and family life skills workshops.
Adult family members undergo skills training either in economically-viable areas to increase their employability or in setting up a home-based business as an alternative source of income. School-going children under AFYS are enrolled into tuition and enrichment programmes to enhance their academic development. Parental education programmes and family life skills workshops are also conducted for parents under AFYS to equip them with the knowledge and skills to improve the quality of their family life.
Find out how you can contribute to AFYS here.
AFYS assists low-income families with school-going children, who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Monthly household income < $2,500 or per capita income (PCI) < $650
- Have young or school-going children
- Show the potential to be self-reliant
1. Financial Assistance and Management
- Monthly tracking of household income and expenditure
- One-off partial payment or development of an instalment plan with the relevant agencies
2. Economic Empowerment
- Skills upgrading courses to increase employability for adult family members
- Training to set up micro business or home-based business to supplement and/or strengthen family income status
3. Socio-Educational Development
- Tuition classes
- Part-time religious classes (madrasah)
- Transport concession i.e. EZ-link reimbursements
- Payment of:
- Examination fees
- Childcare, kindergarten and student care fees
- Educational workshops such as school holiday enrichment programmes
- Education bursaries
- Counselling services
- Festive period assistance i.e. Hari Raya preparation
- Parenting workshops
- Financial workshops
- Call the AMP Helpline at 64163960 or 64163961 to make an appointment for assessment
- Documents needed (those that apply):
- Identification Card(s)
- Birth Certificate(s)
- Marriage/Divorce Certificate
- Court order/Child custody document
- Employment letter
- Monthly pay slips (last 3 months)
- CPF Statement
- CPF Contribution & Transaction history (last 15 months)
- Letter of assistance from other external agencies
- Latest examination results of children
- Latest copy of household bills (SP Services, Town Council, HDB)
- Other documents (e.g. medical reports)
Khairul Rodhi Mohamed
Graduate of the AMP’s Adopt a Family & Youth Scheme 2016
Mr Khairul Rodhi Mohamad suffered a mini stroke in 2009, which resulted in him having to undergo regular treatments and medical check-ups, consequently affecting his work. He then resigned from his job, impacting his family’s household income. At the same time, he and his wife welcomed newborn twins to their family of seven, which then compelled his wife, Mdm Norzuhana Sidek, to return to the workforce as a childcare teacher. He later took on several jobs in the customer service and patient service industry while on his journey to full recovery.
Mr Khairul decided to seek assistance from AMP for his children’s tuition fees in 2012. He then underwent an assessment with an officer before being informed a week later that his family had qualified for enrolment into the Adopt a Family & Youth Scheme (AFYS).
Under AFY, Mr Khairul’s children received assistance in the payment of their tuition, madrasah and transport fees. Mr Khairul was also surprised and grateful for the other assistance which they received such as developmental workshops and activities for family bonding, as well as festive assistance in preparation for Hari Raya. When Mdm Norzuhana decided to upgrade her skills by sitting for the IELTS course prior to pursuing a diploma in early childhood, she received a full course fee subsidy under AFYS upon completing the course. She went on to graduate from the diploma programme in 2013, which led to an increase in her salary and benefits. At the same time, Mr Khairul secured a full-time position as a company driver, which contributed to their family’s financial stability.
One of the biggest lessons for both Mr Khairul and Mdm Norzuhana was to anticipate unforeseen circumstances. Today, their elder children are also taking on part-time jobs to support their own expenses while pursuing their tertiary studies. With the steady flow of income and lesser reliance on social agencies, the family eventually graduated from AFYS in December 2016.