DISTED’s Community CONNECT initiative to instill an “altruistic and volunteering mindset for socially meaningful actions” received a big boost when students and lecturers turned up for a presentation by iM4U Outreach Centre.
The presentation by Mr Zulzainizam Aman, the Manager of iM4U Outreach Centre was organised by DISTED Library as part of its ‘Chill out @ DISTED Library” programme in November.
iM4U is a non-profit organisation that identifies itself as the “go to group when it comes to volunteering”.
Mr Zulzainizam spoke on how iM4U can assist in nurturing and cultivating youth volunteerism and social activism through the DRe1M (Dana Sukarelawan 1Malaysia) Fund.
“Malaysian youths can be inspired to plan and implement volunteering and nation building activities through this platform to benefit communities and social groups. The iM4U Outreach Centre network leverages its vast network of educational and youth-related organisations to enable iM4U to support projects that have local and nationwide impacts,” he elaborated.
There are seven categories of projects supported by iM4U – youth development projects; social enterprise activities; community wellbeing services; sport events; arts, culture and innovation projects; environment projects and spirituality and religious projects.
In his presentation, Mr Zulzainizam highlighted among many successful projects a ‘War on Dengue’ project which was carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Malaysia. He also introduced the audience to iM4U 107.9 fm, a youth-oriented radio station that was created to generate revenue to support iM4U operations as well as to publicise all activities and programmes.
Members of the DISTED community who are interested can apply for the DRe1M fund through the website www.im4u.my. They should submit a full project proposal including the budget via email one month before the event launch in order to allow the iM4U committee to evaluate the project and its outcomes. A project proposal template is also provided for the convenience of applicants. Successful applicants are required to provide a report and photos or videos of the activities upon its completion. In addition, iM4U also offers assistance and advice for applicants who do not qualify for the support.
Youths can stay connected with iM4U and get the latest updates from their social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube and its website www.im4u.my. Communication is also done via WhatsApp and SMS.
According to Ms Nurul Nadia Mohamad, Lecturer at DISTED School of Hospitality, “Financial resources is a main concern when organising events and iM4U has provided a good platform for our students as they had to organise the events by themselves as part of their academic curriculum.”
School of Business Programme Coordinator Ms Gwee Sai Ling found the talk very informative, “I will certainly get our students to choose this avenue for future volunteer projects.”
Thinakkaaran Thamilchelvam, Vice-President of DISTED’s Student Representative Council found the talk very enlightening. “iM4U provides support that benefits both sides as the youth can discover and explore their skills and also contribute back to the society.”
Fairunizan Akbar Malik, DISTED Librarian, said the talk had helped identify a new partner and mentor for volunteer projects.
It is hoped that new projects will be developed for the coming year, with active participation from the DISTED student community in iM4U to support its vision of being Malaysia’s leading youth volunteer community.