2018 Project Booyah Conference

2018 Project Booyah Conference


Project Booyah Conference

Our Project Booyah facilitators were in Brisbane last week to participate in the annual Project Booyah Conference.

The conference is hosted by the Queensland Police Service, who developed and maintain the program logic for Project Booyah. The Conference allows facilitators to network and ensures consistency and best-practice outcomes for participants across Australia.

We're looking forward to implementing new ideas and practices to Project Booyah in 2018!

Sharing in the joy this Christmas

Sharing in the joy this Christmas

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To be able to share in the joy of giving with our clients and their families at Christmas is an annual highlight for our team. We can't wait to start deliveries!

It's all a part of building positive futures across the community. Thanks to the The Salvation Army ACT for the fantastic donations.

Canberra PCYC awarded for 'Innovation in Service Delivery' at the YOGIES 2017

Canberra PCYC awarded for 'Innovation in Service Delivery' at the YOGIES 2017

We're so proud of our team for being awarded the 'Innovation in Service Delivery' Award at the YOGIES 2017 for the Intensive Diversion Program (IDP)!

Piloted in 2016, the IDP is a 20-week program providing education, case management, anger management, relationship education, recreation and a range of experiences and supports to ensure that disadvantaged and high-needs young people aged 12.5-16 years, receive the best opportunity to build positive futures for themselves and their families.

Funding for the IDP is provided by our partner ACT Policing. We are proud of the significant engagement that ACT Policing provides on the IDP and across our programs.

The Annual Yogie Awards (the YOGIES) by the Youth Coalition of the ACT, recognise, celebrate, promote and reward outstanding practice in working with young people in the ACT and surrounding area. The YOGIES highlight the exceptional commitment, talent and innovation that exist in the youth sector.

The YOGIES were presented by the ACT Minister for Children and Young People Rachel Stephen-Smith.

You can read more about the IDP here.

Photo source: www.facebook.com/YouthCoACT/

Photo source: www.facebook.com/YouthCoACT/

Adventure Program Recognition Week

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Many thanks to ACT Policing S/Sgt Harry Hains and the Community Safety Team for participating in two Adventure Program recognition days this week. Positive police engagement is an important part of building positive futures, and we look forward to it continuing in 2018!

Family Fun Day - Celebrating with the community

Family Fun Day - Celebrating with the community

Our Family Fun Day on Saturday 25 November was a great success, with members from across the community joining us to celebrate our 60th year of operations in the ACT.

There was face painting by Rainbow Faces, a jumping castle, children's entertainment by Lucy Sparkles & Friends, sporting demonstrations by Erindale Centre coaches and athletes, Constable Kenny Koala and a jet-ski and traffic car from ACT Policing. AFP Volunteers supported us by cooking a BBQ lunch with sausages donated by Erindale Meats.

It was a fantastic day for all involved and the children had a lot of fun! We can't wait for our next Family Fun Day in 2018!

Over $4,000 raised for disadvantaged youth through CBRE flagship charity event

Over $4,000 raised for disadvantaged youth through CBRE flagship charity event

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CBRE ACT staff have raised $4,200 for the Canberra Police Community Youth Club Inc. (Canberra PCYC) through the flagship charity event, Walk for A Wish. In October, staff from 22 CBRE offices across the Asia-Pacific undertook 10 kilometre walks in their respective cities.

“CBRE Canberra prides itself on being a good corporate citizen by supporting and giving back to the local community in which we work and live,” said CBRE ACT Managing Director Michael Heather. “Businesses cannot exist or thrive unless we have a strong and vibrant community which is why each year in the Asia Pacific region CBRE conducts a philanthropic event known as Walk for a Wish,” Mr Heather said.

“Walk for a Wish brings CBRE teams together from each geographic region and business line for a 10km walk that raises funds for worthy charities across the APAC region” said Mr Heather. “This year the Canberra office united to support the Canberra Police Community Youth Club as we connected with their values and history of engaging with the Canberra community since the late 1950’s.”

Canberra PCYC Executive Manager Cheryl O’Donnell said the much-needed donations will support the organisation’s outreach into the community. “This year we’ve undertaken to raise awareness of healthy relationships and relationship violence in schools, as well as hosting free family events for the community and continuing to ensure that vulnerable young people are supported to build positive futures,” said Ms O’Donnell. “The support that we receive from CBRE and the local community is crucial to our efforts to support those who are disadvantaged in the ACT.” 

In 2017, Canberra PCYC hosted three ‘Healthy Relationships’ school assemblies across Canberra, in which over 1,600 students heard from celebrated anti-domestic violence campaigner Anjela Barker (Young Australian of the Year 2011 (VIC)), as well as members of the ACT Legislative Assembly and ACT Policing.

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Family Fun Day - It's our 60th Birthday!

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Theme: Superheroes. Dress as your favorite superhero, and you could win a prize!

It's our birthday and everyone's invited!
Join us for a family fun day to celebrate 60 years of supporting young people and families across Canberra.

- Free BBQ
- Face painting by Rainbow Faces
- ACT Policing and Constable Kenny Koala
- Children's entertainment by Lucy Sparkles & Friends , and Enchanted Canberra
- Sporting demos
- Games and prizes
- Song and dance
- Fun for all the family!

Stay tuned as we announce updates!

PCYC Wrestling Success at Australian Championships

PCYC Wrestling Success at Australian Championships

Congratulations to Canberra PCYC Wrestling Coach Witold Rejlich and athletes for their great success at the recent Australian Wrestling Championships!

  • Chris Baker - Silver (73kg)

  • Jordan Brook - Gold (100kg)

  • Marcel Rogers - Bronze (66kg)

  • Oliver Lourinovic - Gold (35kg)

  • Samantha MacArthur - Gold (36kg)

  • Leila Lourinovic - Gold (33kg)

Wrestling at Canberra PCYC with our world-class coach is a great way to increase fitness, flexibility and strength learning one of the oldest sports in the world.

Get Spooky at the family-friendly Halloween Disco this Saturday!

Get Spooky at the family-friendly Halloween Disco this Saturday!

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Get spooky with Canberra PCYC and the CREATE Foundation THIS SATURDAY at our Halloween Disco!

There will be so much going on- the rock climbing wall, puppet show, photo booth, disco, Under 5 climbing Gym area, Face painting, Craft area with lots of competitions, BBQ and the odd game here and there during the night!

Come join us for some family fun from 4pm to 8pm. Tickets are free, but limited!

Contact Cheryl O'Donnell on 6296 7822, to reserve a place.


Healthy Relationships School Assemblies

Healthy Relationships School Assemblies

Our Healthy Relationships school assemblies had a fantastic response from schools, students and community services. Here's some of the responses:

"Thanks for organising such a thought provoking and insightful presentation. It sparked a lot of discussion amongst students and many said that it puts life into perspective for them."

"That presentation was one of the best I have seen. It was confronting (in a positive way), emotional and inspiring."


"Very powerful and I am sure it will remain with students/staff for a long time."

"It was very powerful and an experience I will not forget that’s for sure."

Harrison School

Melrose High School

Wanniassa High School


‘Healthy Relationships’ school assemblies reach 1,600 students across Canberra, delivering vital message on relationship violence

‘Healthy Relationships’ school assemblies reach 1,600 students across Canberra, delivering vital message on relationship violence


Canberra PCYC has this week delivered three ‘Healthy Relationships’ school assemblies across the ACT in a first for the Territory.  Funded by ACT Policing and the Australian Federal Police Association, the whole-school assemblies deliver a powerful message on the impacts of relationship violence and the importance of seeking help. Harrison, Melrose and Wanniassa high schools have participated in the initiative.

The guest of honour and main presenter Anjela ‘Anj’ Barker (Young Australian of the Year 2011 (VIC)), was brutally assaulted by her boyfriend when she was sixteen years of age. Since the attack, Anj has been confined to a wheelchair and requires a computer to speak for sustained periods of time.  Anj is committed to sharing her story and promoting safe relationships. The Victorian Government made the documentary ‘He Loves Me He Loves Me Not’ based on the attack and Anj’s recovery. This video is also used across Australia as part of the ‘Loves Bites Program’.

The assemblies also included speakers from police, government and community services, including Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry MLA, Joy Burch MLA, Michael Pettersson MLA, Giulia Jones MLA, Nicole Lawder MLA and Elizabeth Kikkert MLA. ACT Policing Superintendent Robert Wilson and Station Sergeant Chris Meagher brought a police perspective to the statistics on domestic and family violence, encouraging young people to seek support if they experience violence.

The assemblies also featured speeches from Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey and White Ribbon Ambassadors.

Canberra PCYC Executive Manager Cheryl O’Donnell described the response to the assemblies as “astonishing”. “Anj’s message is inspiring, but also a warning to young people who find themselves in a violent relationship. We’ve had wonderful feedback from schools and students who’ve been really moved and motivated by the experience of meeting Anj.”

The first round of the ‘Healthy Relationships’ school assemblies will conclude at Wanniassa high school today, and include a Canberra PCYC barbeque for all students.