Youth program targets college students

A youth program targeting college students has begun with its initiators hoping that it will trigger life-changing behavioural change amongst young people.

Called the Youth Ways Tautua Program, it will be rolled out this year by the Pasefika Mana Samoa Social Service Trust in partnership with Brown Girl Woke.

Pasefika Mana Samoa Social Service Trust founder Namulauulu Maria Levi said the establishment of the program was inspired by the phrase 'O le ala i le pule o le Tautua' and was previously offered to students at the Saint Joseph College, Leififi College and Faleata College in recent years.

A team representing the Trust visited Saint Joseph College last Friday and delivered the program as there is a need for the program to be delivered again. 

The program caters for students in school and contains an assessment tool, five modules and three months mentoring and parents briefing. 

 Pasefika Mana Samoa Social Service Trust youth team leader, Vineta Pisia, told the Samoa Observer that this program will help students change their behavior.

"From going through assessment tools and the modules they will find the root and the reason behind every change in their behaviors such as violence, anger issues etc,” she said. It is understood that the tool will help students reflect back on one's life journey – from their young age up to their age today – also to help with their life journey challenges and tribulations. 

Ms Pisia said using the program to discover the contributing factors behind students’ behaviour will enable the targeted students to find solutions to the many questions in life and what causes them to behave in a good or inappropriate way such as fighting in classrooms. 

She added that at the end of the day it is all about beginning the steps to change the behaviour of the young people.

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