Tak Takut Kids Club
About Tak Takut Kids Club
Tak Takut Kids Club (TTKC) started in 2019 with a vision of co-creating a happy and safe living environment with children and youth who lack adequate socio-emotional support. It is the result of a 3-year social practice project ‘Let’s Go Play OutSide’ which brought much insights to the realities of children living under challenging circumstances. Embedded in the neighbourhood of Boon Lay Drive, TTKC evolved over time to become a community youth centre that serves over 100 regular members and their wider communities: families, friends, teachers, counsellors and social workers. Our work ranges from conducting daily outreach activities, designing person-centric developmental programmes, facilitating case work and group work, to building capacity of practitioners who are interested in community development work.
The centre is currently run by a team of 4 consisting of Lin Shiyun, Imran Mohamed, Cheryl Gan, and Muhammad Muazzam, together with a community of 20 interns, facilitators and volunteers, and a research team led by Joanne Yoong (evaluation) and Noorlinah Mohamed (practice).
TTKC is a partner of Comlink@Jurong West and SG Together, and is supported by Quantedge Foundation.
It is Friday evening in Boon Lay. People are hurrying home for dinner, tired after another week at work. Most pass by the common corridor with barely a glance into the two units that are occupied by Tak Takut Kids Club (TTKC).
This evening is particularly busy. In the maker space, lovingly called Big TTKC, a table filled with youth of various ages are carefully cutting out paper masks from a template. The masks are roughly feline in nature. They’ll start colouring and painting on them when they’re done.
The makerspace takes on the layout of an old 2-bedroom flat. The TTKC community uses the space like a large family would in a small space, always making space for the individual while co-existing. Separated by a tall storage shelf, the ‘costume department’ is rattling away at the sewing machine. Tonight, it’s about making adjustments to a cosplay costume.
A few doors away, past a clinic and a laundromat, is the community kitchen. Amanda, a volunteer, is showing youth how to cut slabs of cheese to coat with breadcrumbs before dipping them in a frying pan to make cheese balls. The youth suggest food that they would like to cook weekly with Amanda when she comes on a Friday.
Just outside, Ziv is on a ladder, tacking up a large cloth to create a makeshift projector screen. He has just finished a dance mentoring session with a youth and is setting up for ‘Just Dance!’, a Nintendo Switch game. Since 2019, the game console has been the first ‘facilitator’ to have brought dance to TTKC.
Walk a little further past the playground and Jimmy, TTKC’s beloved community artist, is pulling a sheet taut between two trees and back-lighting it with a small spotlight that’s been rigged from multiple extension cords.
This evening’s entertainment is shadow puppets. A small crowd gathers to watch when it gets dark. The players move the hand-cut puppets about. There’s no script, so everything is improvised. But it isn’t about putting on a show with a story, it’s about the experience of watching shapes come alive in the dark, of capturing a kind of magic, something only fleetingly felt in camping trips or other in-between spaces. It is about possibilities.