(Picture caption: Le Va will deliver a national youth wellbeing programme Niu Wave for Pasifika students who have been awarded Toloa Secondary School Scholarships.)
Le Va has been appointed by the Ministry of Pacific Peoples (MPP) to deliver its national youth wellbeing programme Niu Wave for Pasifika students who have been awarded Toloa Secondary School Scholarships.
The not-for-profit Pasifika-led mental health and wellbeing organisation works alongside the services and people who deliver mental health, addiction, public health, suicide prevention and general health and wellbeing services to develop flourishing Pasifika communities to reach their full potential.
Although its Tertiary Scholarship programme has been running for several years, MPP’s Toloa Secondary School Scholarship initiative is now underway for the first time, this year.
It aims at supporting Pacific youth to further their studies and careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths).
Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Aupito William Sio says getting more Pacific people engaged in education is critical for the sake of achieving a thriving and prosperous Pacific Aotearoa.
“This will build our rising Generation 6Bs – of Brown, Brainy, Beautiful, Bi-cultural, Bilingual and Bold Pacific students,” Minister Sio says.
“I celebrate Le Va’s efforts in building resilience and wellbeing.”
Le Va Chief Executive Denise Kingi-Uluave says another first is the partnership between MPP and Le Va.
“It is a great recognition of the important role positive mental health and wellbeing plays in the academic and career trajectory of a young person,” Denise says.
“We know school responsibilities are one of the top stressors that contribute to worsening mental health.
“With a dedicated approach to nurture the wellbeing of our young people, our Pasifika youth are more likely to reach their full potential.”
Continuing to build on the importance of resilience, Le Va’s Niu Wave is a holistic programme to support young people’s wellbeing.
Le Va will work alongside students, schools and families to build connected, resilient and well-supported villages of young Pasifika people across Aotearoa.