Collaborations continue with MYSTORY
20 October 2019
The 2019 MYSTORY Summit “Born to make an impact”, sponsored by the Ministry of Education with support from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Youth Development, was a success and the MYSTORY team continue to collaborate with these key agencies providing findings from the Summit to help shape their policies and programmes based on the stories shared.
MYSTORY provided an important platform for Pacific young people to have their voices heard on the four key themes of education, employment, wellbeing and culture, based on the Polyfest survey in March which reflected the strong voices of Pacific youth and young people and the issues they care about.
The Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft was privileged to be able to listen to the stories of these young people, including representatives from key agencies participating in the Summit.
MYSTORY is an initiative facilitated by SouthSeas Healthcare with the vision to provide a platform for young people’s stories to be heard so that they make an impact capable of creating positive change and trusted relationships amongst their peers, their families and across communities.
It provides a platform and safe space to listen to and understand the voices of young people, and allows others an opportunity to respond to these stories.
“Following last year’s Summit it opened up a space for key agencies to listen to our young peoples’ stories and come up with a way to have these stories acknowledged and protected”, says Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo SouthSeas Healthcare CEO.
“Our vision is for MYSTORY to evolve and having more buy-in from agencies to use MYSTORY as a platform for anyone to reach out and be more open by telling and listening to stories, to effect changes to their programmes, and especially the work that affects Pacific young people.”
“We look forward to more collaborations and allowing the MYSTORY initiative to be extended to other regions. For now, we continue to have on-going dialogue with key agencies on the key topics arising from the Summit to work out the next steps based on the voices of our young people.”
Watch this space!
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