A GROUP of youths on Taveuni have taken a new direction and plan to do better in life instead of being spoon-fed by parents.
The youths of Somosomo Village made the change after going through a week-long training program aimed at boosting their morale.
Organised by Seeds of Success (SOS), the 31 youths were given opportunities to share their experiences and identify ways of improving their lives.
Lorna Foster of SOS said the workshop held this week also included some former prison inmates who were involved in the sale of drugs and its consumption in the past.
"It has been a really eye-opening workshop for the youths and I have had a chance to sit with them and hear their side of the story," she said.
"Most of them have been involved in illegal activities such as drug trading and the use of drugs caused by peer pressure and other social factors.
"Some of them have broken down in tears and it is really empowering and humbling to have these youths come out with their side of the story while we point out to them the steps that they can take to address the issues that they face."
Workshop participant Emily Saukilo said they were grateful to the ministry for bringing the program to their doorstep.
"In the past, we were left to fend for our own and some of us have come to think that life will always be the same and that government never cared about youths in the village."