MANA Youth Conference 2015
San Mateo County Tongan population looks for strength Outside of Tongan, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to the largest Tongan population outside of Tonga. Coming from an uncolonized, largely undeveloped country where most people raise their own food and live under an absolute monarchy, Tongans have different ideas about government, education and discipline. For many families, this difference is a barrier to youth academic success, access to health care, and preventing violence. The Pacific Islander Health Initiative addresses these barriers. By building relationships, raising awareness, and bridging the cultural divide, The Pacific Islander Health Initiative makes resources more accessible and culturally relevant to the more than 13,000 Tongans living in the Bay Area.