Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 2023

Hulu Langat

On 6-7th May 2023, a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) event was held at the scenic Agrotek Garden Resort, Hulu Langat. Picture 85 vibrant and dynamic individuals, aged 18-25, coming together for two days packed with workshops designed to unlock their full employability potential. In an ever-evolving professional world that demands resilience, adaptability and innovation, it has become essential for working young adults to be armed with the right skills needed to navigate the workplace challenges ahead. As such, RYLA seized the opportunity to invite Mind Matters Network (MMN), entrusting MMN with the task of carrying out engaging activities based on the event theme of employability. The breakdown of each day’s activities are outlined below. Day 1 (6th May 2023; 9:00am to 11:00am) – Exhibition Booth to Introduce MMN At the exhibition booth, MMN handbooks were given out to attendees as an introduction to Mind Matters Network (MMN) MMN. With the distribution of handbooks, attendees were provided with a clearer picture of MMN’s goals and main projects for 2023. MMN also organized an ‘Affirmation Station’, where attendees were given the chance to unleash their inner creativity and compassion. Each attendee was encouraged to write a heartfelt affirmation they would like to relay to someone who may be struggling with mental health issues. After writing an affirmation, they were invited to take one affirmation for themselves from the filled jar. This posed as a positive way for individuals to embrace the spirit of ‘paying it forward’, by giving and receiving kind words simultaneously. Day 2 (7th May 2023; 8:30am to 10:30am) – Roleplay Session & Forum Activity A thrilling and interactive roleplay session was held by MMN for attendees to learn how to navigate mental health crises effectively. Attendees were asked to pair up with someone to explore two scenarios together – panic attacks and body positivity. Prior to the roleplay, attendees were educated on the dos and don’ts of tackling mental health crises, as well as possible sentences they may say. Each pair was then given 10 minutes to roleplay each scenario. This activity provides attendees with invaluable hands-on experience, allowing them to have more confidence in helping others around them when needed. Another interesting and interactive activity was a Forum on Employability Skills and Self-Development by the MMN Team. Five thought-provoking questions were given to the audience for them to reflect on their working experiences, as well as how those experiences have shaped their views on employability and mental health. This interactive exchange of thoughts and ideas served as a catalyst for personal growth and self-development, fostering a healthy and insightful environment for attendees. Special thanks is given to our moderator and speakers from the MMN team. Listed below are the five questions provided by the MMN team to the attendees: 
  1. What have you learned through your volunteer work that assisted you in your career?
  2. Do you think healthy mental health habits assists in employability? How?
  3. What do you think are the biggest mental health habits one should bring into the workplace?
  4. How does taking good care of your mental health relate to productivity and employability? 
  5. What support is available to improve the capacity of people struggling with their mental health?
Moderator: Masumi Atul ParmarSpeakers: Haziqah Packirgani, Suhasshini Segeran, Adlin Sofea AlauddinThe event was an absolute whirlwind of inspiration and connections! It ignited invaluable insights and experiences not only for the attendees, but also the MMN team. The team had the opportunity to come face-to-face and build meaningful connections with a group of incredibly vibrant young adults who are actively shaping society around them. The MMN team was also blown away by the sheer passion and dedication these young adults exhibited in their pursuit of workplace and mental health skills. In the end, this was an unforgettable event that celebrated human potential and the amazing things we can achieve when we come together.



RYLA 2023

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) event was held at the scenic Agrotek Garden Resort, Hulu Langat. Picture 85 vibrant and dynamic individuals, aged 18-25, coming together for two days packed with workshops designed to unlock their full employability potential.

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Sharrada Segaran

Founding Director

Who Are You?
Currently a 3rd year medical student at the Australian National University.

3 Words That Describe You?
Passionate, Hardworking, Kind

One quote you live by:

“What is meant for you will always be yours”

Why Be A Part of Mind Matters?

It is a platform for youth to voice out, be heard and taken seriously. A safe space for like minded people to network and express themselves freely.

More about me:

  1. Chair of the NCMW Youth Wing
  2. Represented Malaysia in the ECOSOC Youth Forum, Asean University Student Council Union and Global Youth Summit.
  3. Co-authored the Handbook on Youth Mental Health
  4. Featured by UNICEF and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) international.