Brimbank Youth Council: Soul Fuimaono
It’s with great pleasure to introduce your 2022 Brimbank Youth Council: Soul Fuimaono!
Name: Soul Fuimaono
Suburb: Hoppers crossing
Tell us more about yourself!
- I like to dance
- I like to make music
- I’m very good at talking to people
- I like making friends
- I am confident
- I like to play sports
- I like computers
Why did you join the BYC?
I joined BYC because I wanted to be able to represent not only the Polynesian community but to also represent those people who think they don’t have a voice in our community.
What are you passionate about?
I’m very passionate about giving the youth a voice on what they want to happen relative to change and future additions in their communities. This issue can also be related to the mental health of our youth as well as youth engagement. Being able to provide programs surrounding what the youth want in their communities is a great morale booster. I’m a part of a program called Raw and Rugged revival which runs every Friday. This program entails many sports activities and dance programs that are held in a community centre in Sunshine. From what I’ve seen, this program is a great way to bring people together and to not only listen to youth, but to hear. I care about this because I come from a community and family where the youth isn’t really heard enough. It was as if we weren’t really there. My friends and family wanted to be heard but we felt like we didn’t have a voice. I have watched many of my friends turn to gangs or drugs because they didn’t have anything or anyone to turn to. So I hope to be able to change that whilst being in BYC.
What are you hoping to achieve as a BYC member this year?
I am hoping that I will leave my mark as a BYC member and to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard, inside and outside the BYC. I would like to be able to help a lot of people.
What does a better Brimbank look like to you?
- No conflict between youth groups
- Diverse and a ‘family’ type of community
- A safe Brimbank is a good brimbank
- A community free from stereotypes and social norms
- A community that is heard
What’s one piece of advice you have for young people who want to create change in their community?
Be confident! Hear others opinions before saying your own. Be open-minded.