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The Le Mana (Empower) Pasifika Project is helping to build connected communities and a sense of belonging for Pasifika young people in Victoria.


The Le Mana team supports Pasifika youth in a range of settings, focusing on the South East of Melbourne (Casey & Dandenong) and the city’s West (Wyndham & Brimbank).

The project catchment includes young people who live outside of these Local Government Areas but who travel into the areas for study, work, play, or connections with family and community.

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The Le Mana Pasifika Project is delivered in partnership with local government to help respond to issues facing Pasifika youth and their families. This project is funded by the Victorian Government.

Casey Pasifika Community Youth Justice Consultations

For more than two decades, Pasifika young people have been overrepresented in our justice system, yet there has been little investment in work directly with communities to understand the contributing factors and generate solutions.

The Casey Pasifika Community Consultations are part of the Victorian Government’s work to develop a new approach to crime prevention that supports community-identified and led initiatives to address the key drivers of crime.

As part of the project, CMY’s Le Mana team hosted more than 20 conversations with young people, parents, workers and elders and leaders from the Pasifika community in Casey to understand what they see as the key drivers of youth disengagement and offending, where investment and action are urgently needed.

Read the summary report here

For more information about the Le Mana (Empower) Pasifika Project, contact the team:

Phil Start | Project Coordinator
E | pstart@cmy.net.au
M | 0402 660 680
Temese Leilua | Project Development Lead
E | tleilua@cmy.net.au 
M | 0420 257 042
Paora Te Paki | Pasifika Youth Worker (City of Casey)
E | ptepaki@cmy.net.au
P | 03 8594 1567
Martha Metuisela | Pasifika Youth Worker (City of Brimbank)
E | mmetuisela@cmy.net.au
P | 03 9340 3736

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“In our culture, our communities and even our parents struggle to talk about mental health, so Le Mana has been a gateway into normalising those conversations.” – Shenei, Le Mana Youth Ambassador