Youths play a key role in shaping the future of a family and a nation.
24-year-old Alauni Savea from Vailoa Palauli and Vaitele-Fou believes this and lives it as he looks after his grandmother and his family when everyone else is at work.
“I grew up in Savai’i until our family moved here a number of years ago,” he told the Village Voice team.
“We all know that growing up in such villages, where Village Councils exist to lead and to guide and it is different from what I see in villages like Vaitele-Fou and other nearby areas.
“I think that’s why many youths of today ruin the reputation of their families, villages and the whole country.
“I know that up until today, youths are a threat to most countries especially when they are misguided with wrong principles and beliefs.
“It is because youths have potential, they know almost everything and when they use their potential in a destructive manner, and it can affect them and others.
“To me, this is an example of a poor mind-set that creates premeditated offence.”
Alauni plays a leading role in his church’s youth.
“Because we live in an urban area and there’s no Village Council, I think church is the place where many young youths meet.
“Personally, this is really good I mean if it wasn’t for God and His church, what would you and I would be like on this side of the country?”
He said youths could restart their lives.
“We have to support our families by looking after them if you don’t have jobs. God blesses those who honour their parents.
“Make parents our priority as we were theirs when we were young.
“Repay the love that they have shown us and make use of the money and love that they have spent on us.
“Stop being silly and stop wasting time. Otherwise we will end up in trouble from wrong decisions and silly actions that we do.
“Remember to get along with the right crowd of friends,” Alauni said.