Confidence training for Rarotonga youth

Friday February 23, 2018 Written by Published in Local

Part-time Rarotonga residents and Co-Founders of Cream of the Crop Leaders Dan and Sioux Messinger will spearhead a two-day confidence workshop for Cook Islands youth on April 18-19.


Last year, Aitutaki’s Araura College was gifted the same youth confidence workshop, much to the delight of principal Tracy Spiers.

“The development of confidence in my students was truly remarkable! Something that all people should do.

Was great for myself as a school leader and was great for the students,” Spiers said.

Workshop participants will involve practicing mannerisms demonstrated by confident people, including confident body postures, voice patterns, and other confident non-verbal mannerisms, which previous applicants have said helps them feel authentically confident.

“Confidence affects everything. Contrary to popular opinion, confidence can be learned,” Sioux Messinger said.

“Participants leave with simple tools to re-engage their confidence, whenever they wish, for the rest of their lives.”

New research from Harvard Business School suggests that learned power can create authentic feelings of confidence, and can have enormous positive life implications, including improved chances of being selected for high-stake situations (job advancement, or getting buy-in with anyone), improved mood, reduced stress, and a tendency to approach rather than avoid challenges.

Aimed at youth aged between 15-22, the event is supported by Cook Islands’ National Youth Council (CINYC) President Sieni Passfield, who will serve as a cultural liaison, as well as members Daniel Fisher and Teuru Passfield and youth development advisor for the Ministry of Internal Affairs Tuaine Manavaroa.

Thanks was also given to Secretary General of the Cook Islands’ Red Cross Fine Arnold for providing the training room and administrative assistance for this event, and Tabitha Berg of the Cook Islands Red Cross, who is graciously handling applications and Rotaract, for donating a catered lunch.

Application deadline is March 30, 2018, with seats limited.

Cook Islands’ youth (or their parents) may apply for a special youth seat in this ‘Cream of the Crop Leaders’ Outstanding Youth’ workshop, which will be held in the Cook Islands’ Red Cross training room.

Applications can be downloaded (, from the CINYC Facebook page or hard copies can be collected at the Cook Islands’ Red Cross (see Tabitha).

Because the workshop is donated, the typical fee has been waived, although participants must commit to fully attend both days of the workshop.

For more information, contact Sioux Messinger, Co-Founder of Cream of the Crop Leaders, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

            - CL/ Release


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