International Youth Day celebrations are being held in Saleloga on Savai’i today and tomorrow at the Apita o Pisaga Hall.
International Youth Day is an annual event to promote youth of Samoa and is hosted by the Samoa National Youth Council as part of its initiatives. This year’s aim is to engage youth in Savaii to create innovative artistic products that have an element of added value to reflect the theme “The road to 2030: Eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable production or consumption”.
The first day of the event will reflect its theme through the running of mini workshops in 3 key areas of entrepreneurship in ‘the art of canning’, ‘simple nutrition in the home’ and ‘adding value to my creations’. The second day sees SNYC engaging its members in setting up a farmer’s market and food and other stalls to provide food for the public and visitors.
S.N.Y.C’s Program Coordinator, Taimalelagi Kaisarina Salesa, said “We are so pleased to be able to run this year’s celebrations in Savai’i, and encourage businesses and the community to come to the market day on Thursday 8th at Apita O Pisaga Hall, to see the great work and purchase the products on offer the local youth of Savai’i”.
The forum objectives are to:
• Enhance awareness and understanding of youth on social entrepreneurship a
• Up-skill youth in the cultural and creative industries
• Strengthen engagement of youth in small business initiatives, and
• Pilot a platform for mentoring and knowledge sharing between you and the private sector
Fully supported and funded by the United States of America Embassy Small Grants Program, the key note address is to be delivered by Kennon Kincaid, Political Economic Officer on behalf of the US Embassy Charge de Affaires, Angelina Wilkinson.
S.N.Y.C wishes to acknowledge the generous funding of the US Embassy Small Grants Program for this event, and the kind contributions of Gillian Stewart from WIBDI and Judi Finegan (a food and beverage tutor in NZ for over 10 years at one of NZ’s best professional chef training schools) from Rotary Club, in presenting the forum topics. International Youth Day is also supported by the Pacific Leadership Program and International Labour Organisation.