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Yellow Ribbon Project

Launched in 2004, the Yellow Ribbon Project seeks to engage the community in accepting ex-offenders and their families, giving them a second chance at life and to inspire a ripple effect of concerted community action to support ex-offenders and their families. Many ex-offenders face the challenge of overcoming a second 'social and psychological prison' of stigmatisation and lack of support for their reintegration. Although rehabilitative interventions conducted during offenders' incarceration can help prepare them for a 'life outside prisons', the real reintegration takes place within the community itself. The community holds the key to unlock the second prison through acceptance and support. 

The Yellow Ribbon Project is spearheaded by the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders (CARE) Network, which was set up by Singapore Prison Service (SPS) and Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), which strives to improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation of ex-offenders in Singapore through rehabilitation initiatives to help them reintegrate into society, 

Our Objectives

The objectives of the Yellow Ribbon Project can be summarised in 3'A's:

  • Raise Awareness of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders and their families.
  • Generate Acceptance of ex-offenders and their families in the community.
  • Inspire community Action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders back into society.

Our Inspiration

Yellow Ribbon Project

The Yellow Ribbon Project was inspired by the popular song, 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree', which is based on the real-life tale of an ex-offender's journey to forgiveness.He had written a message to his wife, asking her to show that she had forgiven him by tying a yellow ribbon around the only oak tree in their city square – to his relief, more than a hundred yellow ribbons greeted him on his return.

The simple yellow ribbon was chosen as the symbol of this campaign, with the hope that it would eventually become a self-sustaining grassroots movement. The act of wearing a yellow ribbon pin as a show of acceptance and an offer of forgiveness and second chances to ex-offenders has since become one of the signature activities of the Yellow Ribbon Project.

Lend a Hand to the Yellow Ribbon Project

Over the years, community partners have collaborated wit the Yellow Ribbon Project on various meaningful projects and initiatives to build an inclusive society that supports the reintegration journey of ex-offenders and their families. Together, we share a common belief that transformation of lives is possible through collective effort from the community. Anyone - individuals, educational institutions and corporations - can contribute and show his/her support to the cause.

If you want to get your corporation, organisation or educational institution involved, please contact us at yellow_ribbon_proj@yahoo.com.sg for partnership and collaboration opportunities. 

If you are interested to be a volunteer, kindly fill up this registration form and we will get back to you shortly.

Upcoming Yellow Ribbon Project Activities

For more information, please feel free to email us at yellow_ribbon_proj@yahoo.com.sg or join our Facebook Page!

Yellow Ribbon Fund

Launched in 2004, the Yellow Ribbon Fund is the first and only national charity dedicated to funding, developing and implementing reintegration programmes for inmates and ex-offenders, and family support programmes to strengthen their family ties. The Yellow Ribbon Fund was granted Institute of Public Character (IPC) status since August 2004. Its Charity Registration Number (UEN) is T04CC1808H.

YRF supports a range of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes and services for inmates, ex-offenders and their families. These cover schemes for reconnecting families, financial assistance, rehabilitation programmes, education and training, and residential support. 

Since its inception, YRF has disbursed more than $11 mil to help over 30,000 ex-offenders and their families start life anew. This is made possible with the help of like-minded community partners and donors. With your support, we hope to disburse $2.2 million in 2018 to aid more than 1,200 ex-offenders and their families. 

Cash donations made towards Yellow Ribbon Fund are also eligible for 250% tax deduction by IRAS.  

To make a donation, visit us here.