MYSTORY workshop attracts more Pacific youth

21 May 2019

MYSTORY workshop participants.

More than 60 Pacific Year 13 students from Aorere College, Southern Cross Campus College, Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Auckland Girls Grammar School, Waitakere College, and Kelston Boys High School recently attended the MYSTORY workshop, held at the University of Auckland Waipapa Marae, where they told their stories from the heart.

The event was hosted by SouthSeas Healthcare Trust and focused on the importance of youth’s voices, with a clear emphasis on personal storytelling.

SouthSeas Healthcare Chief Executive Silao Vaisola-Sefo says the MYSTORY programme provides young people with a tool to share their stories.

“MYSTORY is a framework that provides support for participants to help them understand the art of storytelling, whilst providing a safe environment to protect their stories.”

“It also provides a channel for young people to represent their cultural and world views. The programme is all about relationships and acknowledging the voice of Pacific youth.”

In June, MYSTORY is staging a Pacific Youth Summit targeting 200 young people of South Auckland, along with their families.

“The Summit is an important part of MYSTORY, so we are able to respond to stories shared by our young people and use their stories to strengthen our framework to resolve issues facing young people in South Auckland today.”

“We hope that the Summit will further discuss challenges faced by our young people to date and formulate an array of responses to what young people in South Auckland are advising us what they are missing,” says Silao.

Silao says the Summit will bring South Auckland young people and youth together and share their personal stories, which helps strengthen the fabric of the Pacific community by providing a space that allows conversations about what matters to them.

“It is our hope that the MYSTORY framework will contribute to community driven response to challenges and provide a voice to represent their local needs.”

The MYSTORY workshops continue to engage youth participants aged between 17-19 years old, leading up to the MYSTORY Summit in June. The Summit will be an event that honours and celebrates young Pasifika people and recognises the importance of their stories to engage, motivate and inspire others.

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