The youth sub group of Samoa Victim Support Group, the SVSG (Junior) utilized the opportunity presented by the Teine Toa crew of My Story 61, to connect and establish a partnership with the Australian group.
Initially referred from the SVSG (Queensland), the SVSG (Junior) had been liaising with the MS61 Director Lillian Su’a in organizing the Group’s visit and its 2-days program at the Campus of Hope.
The young children and the older girls cared for at the Campus were inspired by the show My Story 61, that they is always hope. That despite the feeling of despair, confusion, hurt and suicidal, the show and inspiring testimonies by some of the Group members encouraged the children of the victory that comes from being hopeful.
The SVSG (Junior) on the other hand were more empowered by the show to rise above the struggles they face and in advocating for everyday issues affecting the young people in Samoa. This is very important as the youths continued their volunteer services to bring about positive changes in the lives of young people in which the SVSG (Junior) and its program target.
Unemployment, child vendor, troubled teen, suicidal sexually abused teens, bullying, the list goes on. These are the real life issues the SVSG (Junior) and the Teine Toa programs are addressing, which make the new partnership approach a way forward for our work with the youth in Samoa.
According to the Chair of the SVSG Board Mrs. Georgina Lui during her presentation to the Leadership of Samoa Program in 2017 on ‘The real life problems facing our youth today’, Mrs. Lui talked about “the amazing youth of today and how we can help appreciate their strength, their potential and their ability to steer our future.” This is youth empowerment and this is how we can address the problems they are facing.
Thank you Lillian Su’a and the Teine Toa Group for an inspiring and empowerment program with us.
President of SVSG Samoa