Canberra PCYC Awarded FRRR ABC Heywire Grant

We're delighted to have been awarded a FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to pilot the Need A Nanna Network (NaNN) initiative in the ACT.

The NaNN gives young people coming out of detention an experienced and supportive person who is genuinely interested in helping them stay on track. Mentors can be men or women who would like to give back to the community.

The NaNN program will commence and run during 2018. If you're interested in becoming a Mentor, or would like more information on what is involved, please visit our Volunteers & Mentors page.

2CC Canberra: Breakfast with Tim Shaw

Canberra PCYC team leader Rikki Lloyd joined presenter Tim Shaw on 2CC Canberra to discuss his inspirational story and our work building positive futures across the ACT community.

Hands Across Canberra Provides Much-needed Grant To Help Fund School Programs

Hands Across Canberra supplied logo

We’re thrilled to have received a grant from Hands Across Canberra. This grant will allow us to deliver our Healthy Relationships program across the ACT.

Hands Across Canberra works with around 140 Canberra charities, including Canberra PCYC. They consulted widely before deciding on priorities for allocating grants in 2017. We’re excited to have been selected for support.

Hands Across Canberra encourages philanthropy and helps to keep the wealth created locally within the Canberra community. This grant to us demonstrates their work in action and we’re looking forward making our project a reality with their help.

If you would like to learn more about Hands Across Canberra, visit

Noir Et Blanc Charity Soirée Supports Canberra PCYC

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Canberra PCYC were delighted to receive a donation of $7,500 from the Servcorp/Doma Group charity soirée 'Noir Et Blanc'. This generous donation will support our much-needed work with vulnerable young people and their families across the ACT.

To find out more about Servcorp and their commitment to our community, visit


AFL Canberra & GWS Giants Leadership Program

Our programs clients had a fantastic time at the AFL Canberra and GWS Giants Leadership Program at Erindale PCYC today. This was a great opportunity to learn AFL skills and apply teamwork and leadership in the group.

Statement on the passing of Jayson Hinder

The Canberra Police Community Youth Club Incorporated (Canberra PCYC) is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of our President and long-standing Board member Jayson Hinder. Since 2010, Jayson has made an invaluable contribution to our organisation.

Jayson was a great advocate for Canberra PCYC and committed to our mission of building positive futures for disadvantaged young people in the ACT. Jayson was a pillar in the community and a passionate supporter of community organisations across Canberra. Jayson will be sorely missed by all at Canberra PCYC and in sporting, community, political and social groups across the ACT.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Jayson’s family and friends at this time.

Canberra PCYC will pay tribute to Jayson Hinder in the coming weeks.   

‘An incredible experience’: Our Project Booyah Graduation Day

Canberra PCYC was today joined by representatives from federal and local government, the
Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the community, to celebrate the graduation of participants from ‘Project Booyah’- an Australian Government Initiative by the Canberra Police Community Youth Club, Inc. (Canberra PCYC). Seven young people from across the Territory received their certificates from the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja. Senator Seselja was joined by the ACT Chief Police Officer Justine Saunders, and Canberra PCYC President Jayson Hinder, in congratulating participants on their achievements.

“For each of these young people, graduating from Project Booyah means having the skills and
qualifications to pursue their educational or vocational ambitions” said Canberra PCYC Executive
Manager Cheryl O’Donnell, “we’re building on the success of Project Booyah in Queensland and
ensuring that at risk young people are supported to become engaged and productive members of our community.” Six participants also received Certificate II qualifications in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways from the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

After a successful start in Queensland where the program was developed by the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Project Booyah is now available for at risk young people aged 14 to 17 years in the ACT region. The program centres on collaborative early intervention for at risk young people, bringing together government, community, education and police to achieve positive change. In 2016, an independent review of ‘Project Booyah’ by Griffith University for QPS found the program resulted in a decrease of 41% in criminal attitudes, a 35% increase in self-esteem and a 16% positive change in family relationships.

Participants described ‘Project Booyah’ as “an incredible experience.” “The best thing about Booyah is that it has put me back on track, I have been doing a lot better since I started attending, I have reengaged with school and the work we do at CIT is more practical and shows you how to do things in the workplace” said one participant.
For another participant, the supportive environment meant that “all of us asked for help when we
needed it which made it so much easier to learn and ace my assessments.” “We all had our own
stories that often consisted of a pretty tough upbringing. They were all looking for the same thing I was– an alternative to dealing with high school” said one participant.

“We know the importance of educational outcomes in improving employment options for young
people” said Cheryl O’Donnell, “when combined with trade skills, Learner’s permits, ongoing case
management and other Canberra PCYC supports, we look forward to seeing the next step for these inspiring young people and the ongoing community benefits.”

In the five years that ‘Project Booyah’ has been running in Queensland and other states, a total of 386 young people have graduated from the program.

Celebrating National Youth Week

National Youth Week is here! Thanks to Harrison School for getting the celebrations underway last Friday. There was a fantastic turnout, and everyone had fun versing PCYC staff on the MAC Trailer.

National Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people throughout Australia. In the ACT, National Youth Week is coordinated by the Youth Coalition of the ACT and the ACT Government.

The theme for this year is 'You Thrive'– something we celebrate in young people every day.


PCYC Team @ Harmony Day Sports Carnival, Australian Institute of Sport

PCYC Team @ Harmony Day Sports Carnival, Australian Institute of Sport

Congratulations to the Canberra PCYC team at the Harmony Day Sports Carnival last Saturday who won third place! Our team was drawn from our After School Sports Program, with some great talent shown on the futsal pitch.

The Harmony Day Sports Carnival is held by MARSS each year to celebrate Harmony Day. The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs, the Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster sense of belonging for everyone.

We're proud to participate in this event each year, and can't wait until the next one!

Visit to the Canberra Reptile Zoo

Visit to the Canberra Reptile Zoo

Thanks to the friendly staff at Canberra Reptile Zoo for allowing us to handle some of the reptiles when we visited this month. We brought along one of the Zoo's volunteers who showed us how to handle some of the trickier animals – what a treat!

We appreciate the support shown by the Canberra Reptile Zoo to our participants and staff. What a fun outing!

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Committee of the Canberra Police Community Youth Club Incorporated (Canberra PCYC) has convened an Annual General Meeting to be held on Friday 20 January, 2017, to seek Member approval by vote on the Financial Report 2015-16. All Members are cordially invited to attend.
The meeting will commence at 9am EST at Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre, 17 Grattan Crt, Wanniassa ACT.
For further information or to obtain a proxy voting form, please contact Cheryl O’Donnell, Executive Manager on (02) 6222 8100.
David McLean, Secretary.
Canberra PCYC. ABN 71 012 467 609.

Tots Tumbling Christmas Party

Tots Tumbling Christmas Party

What a fun morning! The Tots Tumbling Christmas Party was a great success and invited parents from across the week to celebrate the festive season. Santa even made time to visit and hand out presents to all the boys and girls- thanks Santa!

Special thanks to Rainbow Faces for fun face paint designs!

We hope you all had a great year at Tots Tumbling and look forward to seeing you again early in 2017. Have a safe and special festive season everyone!

‘It works better’: Participants praise start of Project Booyah

Participants from across Canberra have praised the start of ‘Project Booyah’, an Australian Government Initiative run by the Canberra Police Community Youth Club Incorporated (Canberra PCYC).  Canberra PCYC was today joined by Senator for the ACT, the Honourable Zed Seselja, to announce the first round of funding provided by the Australian Government for the program in the ACT. 

After a successful start in Queensland where the program was developed by the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Project Booyah is now offered for the first time to residents aged 14 to 18 years in the ACT region.  The program centres on collaborative early intervention for young people at risk, bringing together government, community, education, police and health sectors to achieve positive change.  Educational outcomes are an important aspect of Project Booyah, with participants attending the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) to complete a Certificate I or II in Foundation Skills.

Participants have praised the first weeks of the program. “Project Booyah is better than school.  It is good because we get picked up and dropped off, I also really like CIT and how it is a smaller group of people in the class.  It just seems to work better” said one participant, 15.  Another participant, 15, said “I have really benefited from Project Booyah, I think it is a really good program.  Booyah has actually made me a better person.” 

“Hearing participants speak of the benefits they’ve experienced in the early stages of the program is consistent with the success of Project Booyah in Queensland” said Canberra PCYC Executive Manager Cheryl O’Donnell, “with our focus on building positive futures for vulnerable and at risk young people, Project Booyah expands our services for the community.”

“We know the importance of educational outcomes in improving employment options for young people” said Cheryl O’Donnell, “Project Booyah provides the support, mentoring, mateship and a wraparound service to deliver positive outcomes for participants and the community at large.”

QPS received a Gold Award for ‘Project Booyah’ at the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA) hosted by the Australian Institute of Criminology.


Canberra PCYC hosting ActewAGL GWS Giants Opportunities Talent Search

Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre is proud to host an open session of the 2016 ActewAGL GWS Giants Talent Search program. Young athletes between 12 to 18 years of age will complete a range of activities testing their agility, speed, vertical leap and endurance. Successful candidates will be invited to trial with the GIANTS Academy.

  • Date: Tuesday 29 November, 2016
  • Time: 4pm - 6pm
  • Location: Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre, 17 Grattan Court Wanniassa ACT
  • Registration: On arrival.

We look forward to seeing you there!

More information on the Opportunities Talent Search can be found on the GWS Giants website:



Canberra City Cheerleading's Disco Spooktacular


Canberra City Cheerleading's Disco Spooktacular

Come along to Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre this Saturday and join the fun! There will be great music, prizes, spooky games and lots of treats! Make sure you come in costume! All money raised will go towards Canberra City Cheerleading's teams for the AllStar Cheerleading Nationals on the Gold Coast in November.

Time: 6pm to 10.30pm

Location: Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre

Entry: $10- (all proceeds to Canberra City Cheerleading)

Canberra City Cheerleading's Disco Spooktacular poster