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CMY Project

The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Victoria, providing specialist knowledge and support to young people.

The ‘Le Mana’ (Empower) Pasifika Project is a project within CMY that is helping to build connected communities and a sense of belonging for Pasifika young people in Victoria.

Over the past 10 weeks, some of our students have been engaged in the Le Mana Pasifika project delivered at our school by local Elders within the community.

Students have been developing their knowledge of their own cultures, ways of life, including traditional songs and art.

To celebrate their individual journeys, students hosted a special event at the Samoan Carrum Downs Seventh-Day Adventist Church delivering presentations on public speaking, life on the plantations, remembering a way of life, traditions, wearing ‘2 hats’ and singing songs.

Konnie Prades, Principal of Lyndhurst Secondary College and Kelly Bendon Assistant Principal were among the guests present on Tuesday.

Students who participated in the 10-week project received a certificate at the end of the presentation which was then followed by a feast cooked in a traditional Hangi. Meat, Fish and Vegetables are wrapped and cooked under the ground in an oven using fire heated river rock.

Thank you to Temese and Patricia Leilua, Paora Te Paki, Phil Start and Kayla Walker. We look forward to our ongoing partnership and future work together.

Photo: Traditional Hangi alongside our Students performing on Tuesday.