Who We Are
Boys’ Town is a charity started by the Brothers of St. Gabriel and provides residential care, street outreach, fostering, and community and school-based programmes for families, children, and youth-in-need. We help babies and youth who come from disadvantaged families and may have faced hardship due to various reasons such as financial struggles, family issues, emotional trauma, and abuse. Through our services and programmes, we equip them with the skills they need to become responsible and contributing members of society.
In the beginning, the aim of the institution was to provide residential services and vocational skills training and
education to disadvantaged boys.
Boys’ Town has expanded its scope of services beyond the original aim of its pioneers to include poor and underprivileged youths as well as those who encounter greater difficulties and challenges growing up. Boys’ Town assists those who have behavioural or family-linked challenges as well as those with learning difficulties in our ‘alternative schooling’ programme which is a competency-based learning framework. New services such as fostering, street outreach and clinical intervention were set up in the last few years to steer the organisation towards becoming a one-stop children and youth centre.
In 2016 Boys’ Town launched a new service in the form of an Adventure Centre to provide adventure therapy to youth-in-need. It complements Boys’ Town’s existing sports for character programme which uses sports activities to shape personality and psychology efficacy of youths. The centre will run as a social enterprise such that it can eventually be self-sufficient through the funds generated from programmes offered to the public.
Boys’ Town is a member of the National Council of Social Services (NCSS) and Caritas Singapore and a registered charity with the status of Institution of A Public Character (IPCs) with the Charity Council.
The Executive Director, Irene Loi, under the advice of the St. Gabriel’s Foundation and the Board of Governors is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the aims, objectives and traditions of Boys’ Town.
Boys’ Town has been registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee under UEN 201534576H on 14 Sep 2015. With effect from 1 January 2017, all dealings with Boy’s Town will be with this entity. This change in entity will not affect our existing dealings, commitments and obligations with partners and vendors. The aims, purpose and the mission of Boys’ Town remain unchanged. All donations will be entitled to 2.5 times tax deduction (if applicable) as we are an approved Institution of Public Character (IPC).