PCYC Youth Development Programs
Police & Community Youth Club’s are not for profit community based organisations, that are a partnership between Tasmania Police and community to provide early intervention for young people in the following target groups:
1) Youth at Risk of entering or re-entering the Youth Justice System
2) Youth at Risk due to being disadvantaged, disengaged or vulnerable youth or due to facing other barriers to a positive futures
3) Youth at Risk of poor health outcomes for example, due to a sedentary lifestyle; or poor leisure choices (eg drugs/alcohol); or other barriers to recreational fitness.
Since 1946, Tasmania Police have recognised the value of young people learning to recreate in addressing the above early intervention priorities so highly that it funds a permanent Police Officer position to oversee our Youth at Risk programs, and provides a building and assists with some infrastructure costs. All other program and staffing costs must be raised by PCYC’s activities, fundraising and community partnerships.
Booyah is a flexible learning program which helps young people to address their barriers to educational engagement and supports them to transition to further education or work. By leveraging resources in partnership we can provide a highly effective and professional but low cost education gap-bridging program for young people aged 15yo to 19yo.
- TasTafe delivers project based literacy & numeracy training that aims to get their skills to a point that they can pass the L&N standards that are now required to attend TasTAFE.
- Save The Children Youth Workers support young people to address some of the issues and barriers to re engagement.
- PCYC provides recreational diversion approach to helping young people find better and healthier pursuits for their leisure time, which would also provide an outlet for frustration, and build physical, emotional and mental resilience.
By undertaking challenges in the weight gym, rock-wall, boxing and in the bush we can teach them better ways to react and handle these pressures. We then watch this translate to the classroom as we prepare them for transition to their next life challenge. The results have been remarkable as we watch young boys undergo a metamorphosis to manhood which has seen them addressing the heads of government departments, proud, happy and with a positive future firmly in their sites.
These young people then either transition to TasTAFE Foundations and further theses skills while exploring potential future courses at TasTAFE, OR they transition to work or work skills training. Project Booyah provides us with excellent assessment tools and other benefits. PCYC now takes two intakes a year of around 10 young people. Bigger groups are not feasible with the level of support required and group dynamics are paramount to success. Project Booyah was previously known at Launceston PCYC as “Pathfinder”.
PROJECT BOOYAH FUNDING:
- WD Booth Foundation seed funded the program (then known as Pathfinder) at $5000 per year (2013-2017) and in recognition of the program’s ongoing value have now committed funding $5000 per year for the next 3 years (2018-2021). This is a highly affordable program delivering excellent intervention solutions.
- Project Booyah was developed by Queensland PCYC and they support PCYC’s in Tasmania with resources, measurement tools and more to provide arguably the most highly recognised and successful early intervention, multi-agency program in Australia.
- Launceston PCYC is currently seeking a new funding body for Project Booyah
MOBILE ACTIVITY CENTRE (MAC): Recreational Outreach Program
The MAC provides recreational outreach for some of our most disadvantaged communities by providing opportunities for young people to learn to recreate with little or no equipment in places like Rocherlea/Mayfield, Ravenswood, and GeorgeTown on a regular basis. The great attendance we see is testimony to how the community values the MAC Program which is run by ex-police officer, Mark Brown.
PCYC is currently seeking partners to keep MAC on the road – $5000 annually per outreach location.
Achieve Strength, Courage, Empowerment, and Nurture Together.
PCYC’s Club Officers are part of Tasmania Police’s Early Intervention Unit. As part of their work they were aware that many young offenders had early disengagement from school as an early indicator of issues that set them on a track towards offending.
In July 2017 PCYC Club Officer, Skye Thompson and Kylea Aldred, a skilled facilitator, began an empowerment and resilience program with young girls from a local high school. The program embeds self-awareness / self esteem building, and new understandings to build resilience and strengthen personal resolve into a variety of challenging recreational activities each week such as Weights Gym, Boxing, Rock Climbing, Taiko Drumming, Trampoline and High Ropes.
ASCENT teaches young people how to support other people who may be struggling, and what to do if that is you! At the end of the 8 week ASCENT program, participants are given a 12 month PCYC membership, credit on their account and invited to join the Operation Resilience program which incorporates the activities below and has access to some great youth support workers and mentors.
PCYC is very fortunate to have the support of the Merridew Foundation to fund this programme.
Operation Resilience is a physical activity program for young people aged 13 to 19 years old. It was originally started by Club Officer Ross McIvor who ran a high intensity interval training (think boot camp) style 90 minute session that saw around 24 young people as well as a number of youth support agency mentors attend the club twice a week. From this evolved Iron Disciples; a mentored Weight Training support group for the same age group.
During these sessions youth support agencies and health agency workers attend as partners in this program. This aims to help spread knowledge of the services available to young people as well as providing a warm referral or soft entry point to this expanded access model. Op Res sessions aim to push young people past their preconceived limits to teach the building of resilience in times of crisis, trauma or challenge. The sessions are instructed by a Fitness or Strength & Conditioning Instructor and Youth Mentors.