PYCD believes in investing in our own native people - valuing their talents and strengths as a resource in addressing community needs.
Our Samoan culture values our elders and it is our duty to care for them and nurture them; allowing them to age with dignity, love and compassion.
Project: 'Tausi Feagaiga (Covenant Keeper) builds local capacity of Community and Home-based Caregivers to provide care-giving for the elderly and disabled of our island community; for residents of Hope House as well as those living in their own homes.
Our focus on youth employs a Positive Youth Development Approach which builds on each young persons inner strengths and works to strengthen their resilience against negative peer pressure and other risk factors that lead to substance abuse, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency etc.
Pasefika Youth Project operates a 24-hour emergency shelter for youth under 18 who have left home without permission from their parents; or have been told to leave home due to family problems. Services include counseling, mentoring, case management, life-skills training and referral for other services as needed.
Our goal is family reunification.
Our priority is youth safety and permanency upon exiting our program.
We are diligent in working with partners to assess the needs of our local community through formal and informal processes. Food insecurity and lack of access to healthy foods have been identified in various community discussions related to the prevalence of diabetes and other Non-Communicable Diseases in American Samoa.
In response, PYCD proposed the American Samoa Community Hydroponics Development program which paired Mentor Farmers (experienced in hydroponics farming systems) with Novice Farmers to increase our community's capacity to produce our own healthy foods for low income children and families.