Successes at Booyah graduation

The first students graduated with the Project Booyah program at Bateau Bay last Thursday.

Twelve young women, pictured above, successfully completed the program, receiving their certificate I in retail and all young women either obtained employment or engaged in education.

Throughout the 12-week program, they worked well with a trainer, youth worker and police officers to break down their barriers to having successful lives.

Head teacher Robert Furia said many of the young women had felt the impact of mental health problems, domestic violence, drug and alcohol or offending behaviours.

“They were able to remain focused on bettering their lives and complete the course with glowing feedback,” he said.

“It was good to see a good turn up from the police, students’ and parents and all students’ took pride in receiving their certificate.

“They will cherish the moment for years to come.”

Project Booyah is continuing throughout the Hunter region in term three in Newcastle with 11 young men.

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