MANA is born from the Polynesian worldview on Personal Power, Strength and Energy. It is about who we are as a person.
It is a force that can be gained and lost through any and all of our day to day actions.
How does this ancient philosophy apply to Youth Service Delivery and Mentoring?
Well, here at MANA Youth Project we believe that by fostering positive community connections and learning to foster congruence; that is when our believes and values are ‘in-tune’ with our words and actions, we can create, nurture and circulate positive and long lasting wellbeing in our communities.
Intergenerational Mentoring is led by adults & Elders throughout our communities who are invested in the next seven generations of young people.
We are in the business of connecting young people to mentors and providing a safe, purpose-led and consistent commitment to helping young people gain authorship over their unique identities and personal narratives through defining their character strengths, values, belief systems and mission in life.
Manifesting a Need to reflect on everyday life. What is working for you. What isn't. Where you have been. Where you are wanting to go.
What you want in your life. And who you want to be as a person.
Raising awareness of the aspects of yourself and your life that are no longer serving us. At this stage we may be seeking change, and may be on the lookout for someone who can guide us to where we want to be.
Now that we are on the path to understanding our strengths, values, beliefs and morals, we now must develop a philosophy or code that will hold us accountable and help us navigate this newfound wisdom.
Being Authentic means coming from a real place within. It is when our actions and words are congruent with our beliefs and values. It is being ourselves, not an imitation of what we think we should be or have been told we should be.
This is the truest version of ourselves we can possibly be.