South Auckland youth storytelling
More than 100 young people of South Auckland and their families recently attended the MYSTORY event, held at the Otara Recreational Centre, where children and young people of South Auckland told their stories from the heart.
The event was hosted by SouthSeas Healthcare Trust, in collaboration with the Office of the Children’s Commission, and focused on the importance of young children’s and youth’s voices, with a clear emphasis on personal storytelling.
SouthSeas Healthcare Trust chief Executuve, Silao Vaisola-Sefo says MYSTORY is a platform that fosters resilience in South Auckland Pasifika youth, through the art of storytelling.
“The vision of this project is to ensure that our young people understand the value of their story when sharing and acquire the support and skills to further develop their stories by listening, acknowledging and understanding them.”
“We all know that the heart of storytelling, is the ability to understand and articulate young person’s needs, so that the story inspires, calling all of us to listen and to act on what we’ve heard.”
“These are personal stories which are genuine, honest and told from the heart, which will hopefully inspire actions that connect our youth’s voices through shared policies and programmes, initiatives, and also solutions based on what they hear,” says Silao.
Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft says MYSTORY is all about honouring Pacific youth, children and young peoples’ voices. “It is an event that honours and celebrates the voice of young people of South Auckland and recognises the importance of their stories to engage, motivate and inspire others and enable today’s generation to shape solutions for today’s challenges.”
MYSTORY hopes more young people will be part of the project and calls on more young people residing in South Auckland to mobilise their peers.
Silao says the stories of Pacific ancestors have been well documented but that we need to build the legacy for tomorrow, based on today’s stories. “It is through storytelling that we will connect what speaks to the heart of our communities, the heart of our families, and our hearts as Pacific people of South Auckland.”
The MYSTORY event concluded in a celebratory dinner to commemorate SouthSeas Healthcare Trust’s 18th anniversary, since its inception as a clinic based in Otara.
The Ministry would like to congratulate SouthSeas Healthcare Trust for developing MYSTORY to provide Pacific young people in South Auckland an opportunity to tell their heart-warming stories of triumph and tribulations.