iSpeak series to engage Pacific youth
The Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation (PYLAT) Council recently orgasnised an iSpeak series programme to discuss issues such as poverty and housing affecting Pacific communities.
Held in Christchurch, the iSpeak programme enabled young people to have an open dialogue with Pacific MPs and other members of parliament about issues affecting Pacific families.
Representatives from the National, Labour and Green parties attended the event and spoke about housing and poverty challenges and the impact this has on children and young people. Presentations were also made based on party policies, followed by an open discussion to gauge the views from the young Pacific audience.
Up to 120 Pacific young people participated and listened to the debate and discussions.
PYLAT’s purpose is to see a world well informed and influenced by young Pacific people.
The Ministry for Pacific Peoples supports the voice of Pacific youth and PYLAT with their leadership development, enabling more young leaders to learn about democratic government and how to influence decisions.
The iSpeak programme is one of many PYLAT activities designed to allow more young people to have their say.
This event targets young people aged 16-24 years.