New Zealand Educators Supporting the H.Y.P.E. Movement


Pasifika Academic Success Services (PASS) located on the Faculty of Education campus (Epsom), University of Auckland. Dr Meaola Amituanai-Toloa, Jane Schwalger & Mo'ale 'Otunuku - supporters of the H.Y.P.E movement. [Photographer: Ralph Misa]

Sunday, February 22, 2009

H.Y.P.E. Movement Logo & Mission Statement

H.Y.P.E. Movement Logo

H.Y.P.E. (Helping Youth Pursue Emancipation) Movement Mission Statement

The H.Y.P.E. Movement’s primary mission is to encourage young people to live their dreams by emancipating their minds from all barriers that hold them back from pursuing their greatest potential. We seek to work collectively to deconstruct structural oppression, oppose inequity and to break free from all destructive negativity as we move toward a future of endless possibilities for all young people regardless of race, class and gender. We further challenge all who are committed to the H.Y.P.E. Movement to become creators of social change and advocates for social justice.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Break Free From Negative Stereotypes

Our first official H.Y.P.E. Movement flyer! Please follow the link below to download your own copy and share it with your family and friends!

HYPE Flyer

Download your FREE copy of the H.Y.P.E. Movement Flyer HERE and share it with your friends!!!

Many thanks to Richard Wolfgramm for designing the flyer!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

"I'm strong and fierce, I know what I'm about"

[Abigail Langi & Sulia Matagi cousins and best friends forever]

A couple of months ago I had asked my beautiful and talented niece Abigail Langi if she would be willing to write a poem about the H.Y.P.E. Movement and what it represents for her! She loves to write poetry, short stories, and expression pieces! I was so impressed with the poem she wrote, which she entitled "Helping Youth Pursue Emancipation"!

She is only 12 years old, but already understands the potential of the movement and the possibilities it holds for her and other young people like herself.

This past weekend she was able to recite her poem at the Many Islands Open Mic!

Check it out on the video below!

Awesome job Abby, I am so proud of you!!!

Abby also sang a song that night after reciting her poem!

Helping Youth Pursue Emancipation
By: Abigail Mohelata Langi

Can you hear me out there?
No, can you really hear me out there?
Do see me standing in front of you?
Cause I see you
Do you see the things that are happening in this world?
It doesn't matter if your a boy or a girl
If your hair is straight or you have curls

Is it just me?
Don't you see it.........
The kids that die, the ones that suffer
The people making bad decisions
And hurting one another
Based on things they see everday.....
Based on the lives that have gone a stray
Whether it's right or if it's wrong
Such a sad tune; an endless song.

Just because the color of my skin
Doesn't mean that I shouldn't win
I have a dream
That I'm gonna be somebody
I have the potential
That lies in EVERYBODY,
The freedom to think
And speak my mind
I'm letting go,
One step at a time....

It's hard sometimes,
Without a doubt
But I'm strong and I'm fierce
I know what I'm about
My pride,
My glory
Pushes me right through it
Gives me the right
And the power to do it

What are we waiting for?
Lets make a difference, it starts today
Emancipate our mind, our thoughts
It's time to make a change!


Wednesday, February 4, 2009