Pasifika Wayfinders celebrates the leadership of our Pasifika youth through honoring their traditional roles as Wayfinders. Like our Oceanian ancestors, instead of wayfinding through the Ocean to find our Island homes or to return home, our Pasifika youth are supporting our Pasifika Diaspora in wayfinding through societal challenges by creating spaces for their peers to find belonging and to strengthen their voices within the communities they live in. Pasifika Wayfinders centers the leadership of our Pasifika youth through peer advocacy and speaking truth to power. From advocating to end youth homelessness and youth detention, to creating wellness spaces to address mental health challenges experienced by their peers, Pasifika Wayfinders are actively working to improve the well-being of Pasifika youth in the state of Washington through the Pasifika Youth Council and other Pasifika youth-driven Initiatives.
Our Pasifika Wayfinders in partnership with the Federal Way Black Collective are committed to learning the art of farming to embody what it means for us as Pasifika to reconnect to the soil, to our farming roots and also to understand the importance of understanding our food sources.
Our Pasifika Wayfinders lead our statewide Pasifika Youth Coucil charged with ensuring that our Pasifika Youth are engaged on policy and social issues that impact their well-being through creating space for critical discussion with their peers, along with speaking truth to power and learning how to politicize their voices. Pasifika Youth can serve on our council for a six month term and can renew their term depending on their commitment and the vetting of our Pasifika Wayfinders Organizers.
Pasifika Wayfinders is engaged in outreach work to support Pasifika youth who are currently detentioned in various facilities in Pierce & King County. Our Outreach are conducted twice a month and gives the opportunities for youth who are systems-involved to advocate for their needs from our larger Pasifika communities.
Pasifika Wayfinders work collaboratively with its youth members to provide peer to peer supports to prevent Pasifika youth from experiencing homelessness through resource sharing, social support and individual advocacy.