Facilitating empowerment and healing for young people through creative arts and yoga
YU YET Center is Allan Mogerema’s holistic approach to community engagement and healing for youth, using traditional and contemporary art, yoga, dance, music, and theater in the Paga Hill neighborhood. According to the International State Crime Initiative at University of London, “one hundred police officers descended on the prominent Port Moresby landmark, Paga Hill, on May 12, 2012. Armed with assault rifles, machetes, and sticks, they had come to demolish one of the city’s oldest settlements. This forced eviction would make way for the Paga Hill Estate, an “exclusive” property development project.”
To raise awareness of the emotional trauma endured by the Paga Hill community and specifically its youth, Allan Mogerema and his team held an event at demolition site that incorporated movement and healing arts. An intergenerational and socioeconomically diverse audience attended this public unveiling of plans for the YU YET Center.