Why I want to be a MYSTORY intern

22 June 2019

Michael Jr Ahse'i with his supportive family at the MYSTORY Summit.

Michael Junior Ahsei, one of the eleven youth interns selected to work on the MYSTORY framework, opened the second day of the Summit with a heart-warming speech about why he wanted to be part of the MYSTORY project.

“Pacific families like mine, according to statistics, are most likely to experience hardships such as poverty, poor health, education and more,” says Michael.

“I am very passionate about creating solutions that will change these statistics placed on our Pacific families and this MYSTORY internship, the MYSTORY workshops and the Summit provide youth like me a platform to share stories of hope, resilience and to affect the change we want to see.”

Michael says the theme of the Summit ‘Born to make an impact’ is all about relationships and collaboration.

“My goal for being a part of the MYSTORY internship is to gain professional experience and qualifications to use to bring change and impact my community,” says Michael.

Michael is currently a 5th form student at Auckland Boys Grammar. He is the son of Michael Senior and Mavika, along with sister Estelle and younger brother Christian.

Michael considers his family as his greatest source of support and encouragement.

Michael’s parents and siblings attended both days of the Summit, listening to conversations and supporting Michael on his MYSTORY journey.

Michael is of Samoan and Cook Islands (Mangaian) descent with Tahitian, German and Chinese links.

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