KAILA - THE Methodist Youth Fellowship of Motusa organised a day-long workshop two weeks ago to build capacity and improve awareness and education of pertinent issues relating to leadership, health, livelihood, opportunities, employment and sports.
Group spokeswoman Elizabeth Vuatalevu told Kaila! the ‘Talkfest' workshop, which was held at the Fiji National University's Samabula campus, had strengthened network and partnerships between youths and invited institutions or individuals.
"We've had smaller initiatives in the past but none at this scale. In my opinion, youths have so much potential. Workshops such as this gives youths a chance to tap into various talents, skills and gifts," she said.
"The issues that were raised in our Talkfest gave us a sense of purpose and I'm convinced that nobody walked out uninspired.
"It was truly an amazing opportunity for the youths of Motusa. It was designed as a stepping stone for our youths and created a sense of purpose and enlightenment.
"We were not only inspired to live a purpose-driven life but to live a life worthy of the calling God has for each and every one of us."
The youth organisation is aligned with the Motusa Methodist Church under the Suvavou Methodist Circuit in Suva.
With 52 registered members residing within the Delainavesi area from Yasi Rd, Nakauvadra, Bulou Rd, Rogovoka to Naicobocobo Rd, the group comprises youths between 18-30 years.
"The Motusa MYF Talkfest was one that drove purpose into the hearts of the youths. It addressed issues that we were once ignorant of and planted the seed for change," Ms Vuatalevu said.
"There is always something going on with our youth group. We had several projects in the past like clean-up campaigns around the church compound and the compounds of our elderly as well as the construction of a church signboard.
"We are also planning to deliver food packs to our brothers and sisters along the streets soon and a Christmas concert at the end of the year."
She said the concert would be a showcase of their love for God through song, dance, skits and drama.
"I think it's good for youths to be involved with groups that will make a positive change and difference in their lives and those around them," she said.
"Joining a youth group gives you a sense of belonging and purpose. It teaches one to be a team player and helps build one's character. The experience is one of a kind."
Hot topics on the table for discussion included Sexual Transmitted Infections, HIV and AIDS, environmental sustainability, youth employment issues and work ethics.
The talkfest was funded by the Motusa youths and supported by FNU, Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, Motusa Church women's ministry and Dee Ace Motors.