It all started in 2011 with the question “How can we create an environment that is fun, interactive, and which attracts high school students to attend school, form positive long term support networks, reach higher levels of achievement and reduce the rates of suicide, crime and violence amongst youth – particularly those from Pacific, Maori and Indigenous communities?
The answer: What about a cultural festival with team building and development workshops?
In its first 3 years, P.A.C.Fest has supported more than 1800 students to gain a positive sense of self, increase their level of emotional/mental wellbeing and capacity to overcome adolescent challenges and put them on a road to greater educational achievements and work opportunities.
More students take pride in who they are, believe that they can do better, and understand they are a valuable part of a community that supports them. This has a massive positive impact upon them as individuals and upon their schools and their families.
In 2017, PFI will introduce the next generation groups from primary schools. diversity groups from high schools and the International Multicultural Food Festival for the 2 day annual festival.
PFI is seeking to form a relationship with prospective partners, stake holders and community organisations looking for an opportunity to explore areas where key objectives and strategies can be aligned and met. With any partnership, we’re confident the results will provide measurable value and tangible outcomes to organisations whilst enabling PFI to meet the needs of the students, their schools and their extended community.