The latest issue of the Youth of Solomon Islands (YOSI) magazine features an inclusive participation theme and showcases stories of young people with disabilities.

Available now, the third issue of YOSI also contains a special feature on Malaita province, where the Pacific Community (SPC) and its partners are rolling out the popular Youth@Work initiative this month.

Included are stories from Malaita of young people who have struggled with their small savings to start small businesses and used their skills to help their communities and families.

YOSI provides a platform where young, talented artists can share their stories through art forms, as it welcomes submissions to be featured in upcoming issues.

SPC’s Youth@Work Coordinator, Rose Martin, said she was impressed with another job well done, in particular the response of youths who contributed to the magazine.

“I am proud to witness this magazine, as intended, becoming an avenue for voicing out aspirational stories either about, or written by, youth.”

The magazine is currently seeking contributions from young people aged 13 to 30, and is running a competition for feature writers, journalists and photographers. Winners of the competition will have their submissions published in YOSI and receive a writer’s prize pack. The deadline for submissions is 4 March 2016.

Ms Martin added that she would like to see this not only as an ongoing practice, but as a regular new avenue for youth to to publically share their views, their stories and their expressive natures on topics of importance to youth of the Solomon Islands.

“I would like to encourage youth to tell their stories in the next issues as it would be our honour to have their stories printed,” Ms Martin said.

After reading the magazine, Dailen Derol, 27, said he really enjoyed even just browsing through the material and liked the story of the young guitar instructor the most.

YOSI magazine hard copies are available at the Youth@Work office now temporarily located on Tandai Highway a little bit beyond Good View shop while renovations of their Art Gallery office are taking place.  Call 25278 for more information.

A digital copy of the latest YOSI can be read online at: https://issuu.com/yosimagazine/docs/yosi_03_ecopy_small.

Youth@Work is implemented by SPC, in partnership with the Solomon Islands Ministry of National Unity, Peace and Reconciliation, the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs. Youth@Work is an initiative to tackle youth unemployment in the Solomon Islands and is funded by the Queens Young Leader’s Programme in Honiara and the Australian Government’s aiid programme in the provinces, with assistance from its partner ministries.

Media contacts:
Emmanuel Oti Youth @ Work Communications Group Leader, Emmanuel_o@youth-at-work.org or +677 25278
Rose Martin Youth@Work Coordinator, Rose_m@youth-at-work.org  or+677 25278