MYSTORY Summit kicks-off

21 June 2019

Pōwhiri opens the MYSTORY Summit.

The MYSTORY Youth Summit kicked-off today at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Mangere. With a focus on the theme ‘Born to make an impact’, about 100 Pacific young people are taking part in conversations on issues that matter most to them.

The two-day programme was designed and delivered by young people.

The Summit is a platform for stories and personal narrative from young people and those in roles which support young people to mobilise the community to create positive change.

Here’s some of the first day action!

  • Te Whanau Heikura delivered a heart-warming pōwhiri
  • Welcome by Dr Teuila Percival ,who spoke about the importance of family, her passion for her job and the love for her kids
  • Vicky Baise, member of the MYSTORY Youth Advisory Group and the MYSTORY Internship programme spoke about being born and raised in Otara, and growing-up in the Samoa Assembly of God Church. Vicky is the 6th child of 12 children who graduated from Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in 2017 and she is currently studying at Manukau Institute of Technology with the hope of becoming a nurse
  • Introduction of the fabulous illustrators capturing key thoughts and quotes in a visual form
  • Jane Zintl, Chief Executive of Ara Taiohi told her story from the heart and spoke about the current landscape of Youth Workers in Aotearoa
  • Kelsey Brown and Peter Faoese from the Strategy, Rights and Advice team in the Children’s Commissioner branch wowed the audience with the research findings from the Child Wellbeing Project
  • Associate Minister of Education Hon. Jenny Salesa told her story about her immigration, family hardship and how she started from cleaning jobs to dish washing to pursuing her dreams, with encouraging messages to the youth and young people
  • MYSTORY World Café where participants had the opportunity to embed their story into policy using the MYSTORY framework
  • Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft related stories of children and young people, his work in the community and especially in South Auckland
  • Resharing of all four themes from the day on Education, Wellbeing, Culture and Employment.

Each block of sessions has its own unique themes. The themes helped participants understand the context of each session in relation to how stories lay the foundation for different areas such as creating a call to action, seeing experiences reflected in government policy and strategy in mobilising communities to create positive change.

MYSTORY is a youth curated Summit facilitated by SouthSeas Healthcare and sponsored by the Ministry of Education with support from the Ministry of Youth Development, Social Development and Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

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