NAVIGATING OUR WAY
The young people we work with are encouraged to plan and implement short, medium and long term goals and engage in positive community activities and education offered in their community.
We also work with at risk youth to develop safety plans for suicide prevention. Despite many of our Pasifika young people being born in NZ, they have Island-born parents so navigating these complexities and intergenerational differences is well understood by our youth workers who are able to help our young people to strengthen those family and cultural connections.
The strength of the Pasifika community is in the social network of family and community often but not always reinforced by strong church affiliations. Fonua Ola connects to this network through language and a deep understanding of cultural protocols and practices that empathises and focuses on building on strengths and capabilities.