THE POWER OF WORDS - SALA TIATIA TEDXYOUTH
At the age of six, Sala Tiatia experienced domestic violence for the first time. It was the verbal abuse however, that bought the most darkness to Sala’s internal world—until one particular English class, with one particular English teacher, turned Sala’s dark world around.
In this compelling and emotional talk, Sala shares the words that bought light to his world and how he speaks light into the world of some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable young people. Sala Tiatia is a local youth educator who has been involved in youth work for the last 30 years; his roles have varied from church ministry, community work and running youth work workshops about youth work for youth workers, right through to running leadership programmes in mainstream schools and alternative education.
He is still working with youth and their whānau today, and is a huge advocate for everyone, especially men, to seek help in counselling, have a greater sense of self care and be intentional with their holistic health. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
* Photo used for cover image - Credit: Scott Mcaulay