Booyah gets up after two years

From Darren Black

I am very pleased to announce that, after two years of lobbying governments through a co-ordinated campaign across PCYCs nationally, we have been funded for $1.275 million to undertake “Project Booyah”.

Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, pictured above, made the announcement last Wednesday at PCYC Parramatta.

This program is modelled on the successful Booyah program conducted by PCYC Queensland over the past four years and will enable us to create our own vocational program, or “finishing school” for at-risk youth and young offenders with whom our police YCMs have been working.

Booyah is a custom-designed, 12-week vocational program which will include a cert II vocational course, numeracy and literacy education, workshops on health and nutrition, resilience training and work placement.

We know that young people who re-engage with education and who gain employment are far less likely to get in trouble and more likely to become self-sufficient, happy and healthy citizens of the future.

The federal government grant will enable us to employ youth workers, teachers and program co-ordinators to deliver the program in two broad areas of western Sydney and Newcastle/Hunter/Central Coast over the next two years, commencing in the final term of this year.

This is terrific recognition of PCYC’s track record in working with children and young people and adds to our resources to assist young people to make a positive shift back into education and employment.

I want to thank the team who have worked on this submission – Samantha Sidwell, Senior Sergeant Samantha Grenside and Superintendent Scrimgeour for your support and assistance.

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