‘Le Mana’ Pasifika Youth Ambassadors is a group of 16 Pasifika and Maori youth volunteers, ranging from the ages of 16 to 25 years. They are local Maori and Pasifika young people who have gathered as a committee, under the CMY banner, to advocate for all Maori and Pasifika young people.
Their first step towards empowerment came in the form of a forum, on Saturday the 6th of April, with the theme, ‘Keeping connected to your cultural roots’. The theme had come about through a number of informal discussions that the Le Mana youth ambassadors had with Maori and Pasifika young people they knew through, church youth groups, school mates and work colleagues. The forum aimed to focus on having the opportunity to voice young peoples’ opinions about specific issues they face within the Maori and Pasifika communities of Melbourne.
It was also to create a space where Maori and Pasifika young people aged between 12 – 25 can meet new like-minded people and share, learn from their own and others’ experiences of being a Maori and Pasifika young person.
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For more about CMY's Le Mana (Empower) Pasifika Program: cmy.net.au/le-mana-pasifika-project