Conference to recognise youth development

18 August 2018

Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft speaking at the INVOLVE 2018 conference

SouthSeas Healthcare’s MyStory programme was among other initiatives targeting youth, where key agencies came together in Wellington to connect, share, learn, grow and celebrate the diversity and strengths of young people.

INVOLVE 2018, a conference hosted by a collaboration of agencies to recognise the support for young people, involved hundreds of practitioners in all areas of youth development from different regions.

SouthSeas Healthcare contribution was through the MyStory initiative, which enabled children and young people of South Auckland to tell their stories from the heart.

“Storytelling plays a significant part in the MyStory initiative, which is all about relationships and acknowledging the voice of our young people,” says Silao Vaisola-Sefo SouthSeas Healthcare CEO.

“MyStory is a framework that provides support to young people of South Auckland to help them understand the art of storytelling, whilst providing a safe environment to protect their stories.”

“Our contribution to this conference is all about relationships and acknowledging the voice of our Pacific young people.”

“We had a practical workshop where a team of young people were able to talk about the MyStory framework as a platform that fosters resilience in South Auckland Pacific youth through the art of storytelling.”

The vision of MyStory is to ensure that young people can understand the value of their story when sharing it, and acquire the support and skills to further develop their stories by understanding the mechanics behind responding to another young person’s story.

Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft endorsed the MyStory initiative when it was launched in October last year to provide support for South Auckland young people in providing a safe environment to tell their stories.

Judge Becroft supported the MyStory initiative at the INVOLVE 2018 conference and spoke highly about the MyStory framework, which inspires young people to be confident and courageous and to openly share with others their personal journeys, successes and life challenges they have faced.

Silao said the MyStory team were excited to be part of conference. “It is such a privilege to be part of and share our MyStory initiative with other agencies and to emphasise how important personal stories are, and also to hopefully improve public awareness of the importance of young people’s contributions to their communities.”

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