This study aims to examine experiences of Year 9 students in Rarotonga participating in the Pacific Science for Health Literacy Project, in order to identify facilitators and barriers to youth empowerment in regard to actions that support long-term health and wellbeing. This will adopt a phenomenological case study approach using Talanoa principles. This award would contribute to research improving understanding of health-related behaviours from the perspective of Cook Islands young people, thus contributing evidence towards ongoing intervention development. Additionally it will contribute to required workforce development, increasing research capacity via my potential to contribute to evidence-based practice in Cook Islands and Pacific communities. I plan to pursue a PhD in Public Health on successful competition of the Masters programme. I have and always plan to work with and for, not just Cook Islands people, but the wider Pacific populations here in NZ and in the region.