MYSTORY Summit next steps

29 July 2019

Beautiful illustrations at the MYSTORY Summit.

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, provided an important platform for Pacific young people to have their voices heard on education, employment, wellbeing and culture.

SouthSeas Healthcare Trust CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo says the Summit will help further strengthen the MYSTORY framework and the team is putting together a set of recommendations to present to key agencies involved to help shape their policies and programmes based on the stories shared.

“This is the important part of MYSTORY. Following the Summit we are able to form relationships with key agencies and we look forward to more collaboration to respond to the needs of our young people by using their feedback and stories to create change based on issues faced by them today.”

Silao says MYSTORY is a very intentional and deliberate project which caters to the needs of Pacific young people through their lens. “The Summit is all about valuing the voices of our youth and young people and working with key agencies to take actions for what’s important to Pacific young people and the issues they care about.”

“We hope the key agencies participating will take into consideration the importance of the voices of our young people.”

“Allowing our young people to tell their stories really creates that brave space. Stories are powerful. They shape the current reality through past experiences, and also look at shaping the way we see the future.”

“MYSTORY provides a platform and safe space for us to listen and understand, and allows others an opportunity to respond to these stories and understand the ‘why’. The stories are important to our work, encompassing peoples’ situations and what their surrounding circumstances are,” says Silao.

Watch this video to see how the MYSTORY Summit provided a safe space for Pacific young people to share their life experiences and speak about issues that are important to them.

Launched two years ago, the MYSTORY initiative provides a tool to help young people build relationships through personal stories. The Summit opened up a space for key agencies to listen to young people’s unique stories and work out a way to have these stories acknowledged and protected.

“Our vision is for MYSTORY to be used as a platform for anyone to reach out and be more open by telling and listening to stories, to effect changes to agencies’ programmes, and especially work that affects Pacific young people.”

“We would like for MYSTORY to be extended to other regions and mobilise communities to solve problems. MYSTORY has the potential to enable that to happen, as it is a really valuable reflection tool.”

The MYSTORY initiative is supported by the Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft.

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