tMentors

tMentors is a local community outreach project which works closely with Newtown Secondary School students to help them manage not only their schoolwork, but also their ability to tackle a stressful school environment. Almost all the students in our programme are chosen because they want to do well but don't have the right means to do so. Our mentors are student volunteers from Tembusu College who organise mentoring sessions every weekend. About 20 students are involved as mentors to 20 mentees.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.