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.

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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.

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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: http://www.gwsgiants.com.au/news/2016-11-18/actewagl-giant-opportunities-talent-search-program

 

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Canberra City Cheerleading's Disco Spooktacular

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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

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Notice of Special General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Committee of the Canberra Police Community Youth Club Incorporated (Canberra PCYC) has convened a Special General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 2 November, 2016, to seek Member approval by vote on the Financial Report 2014-15. 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.

 

Meet our new Executive Manager

This month we welcomed Cheryl O'Donnell as our new Executive Manager. Cheryl has previously worked for Mission Australia and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the team.

'Building Positive Futures' - Our new video

Did you catch our new video when the Canberra Raiders took on the North QLD Cowboys at GIO Stadium?

For over 50 years, we've been working in the community to build positive futures for young people and their families. We're committed to diverting young people from crime and offending, and supporting them to achieve their best with the support of ACT Policing and the ACT Government.

More Gold Medals for CPCYC Erindale Centre Wrestlers

More Gold Medals for CPCYC Erindale Centre Wrestlers

Wrestling at Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre, with trainers Witold Rejlich (centre) and Ben Keaney (below centre)

Wrestling at Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre, with trainers Witold Rejlich (centre) and Ben Keaney (below centre)

Congratulations to our wrestlers who competed in the Australian Cup last week with great success!  Our long-standing wrestling coach Witold Rejlich has coached many successful wrestlers, and ACT wrestlers will dominate the Australian team selected for the Junior World Championships in France this year.

Current champions Jessie May-Nel, 19, and Ben Pratt, 18, both heading to France next month, each won Gold medals at the Australian Cup in both their Junior and Senior divisions.

In total, 8 medals were won by our Erindale Centre wrestlers, with 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.

This week the Chronicle newspaper wrote on the continued successes of Jessie May-Nel and Ben Pratt.  The article 'Golds propel pair to highest level' is available to read online at: http://thechronicle.realviewdigital.com/#

 

 

A visit to the ACT Fire & Rescue Road Safety Awareness program

A visit to the ACT Fire & Rescue Road Safety Awareness program

Police and Firefighters are often the first responders to traffic accidents and witness the tragic consequences of dangerous driving on our roads. This month, one of our programs visited ACT Fire & Rescue to take part in their Road Safety Awareness program. This program educates young people on the real consequences and impact of car accidents. We were given an insight into the experience of firefighters, and saw the damage to a real car that had been in an accident. We then put on a firefighter’s uniform and helped to safely rescue a trapped passenger in a mock car accident scenario. Everyone learned a lot about the importance of road safety and the seriousness of car accidents, while being in a safe and fun environment.


Thanks very much to ACT Fire & Rescue for having us as a part of your Road Safety Awareness program!

How Canberra's crime prevention programs are changing young lives

Life could have been extraordinarily different for 21-year-old Brodie Scarsi had he kept walking six years ago.

Fifteen and wild, he'd been in and out of the justice system for about two years before Daniel Gaffney and Stephen Imrie from Canberra PCYC picked him up by the side of the road [...]

Commonwealth boost for disadvantaged young people in Canberra

Commonwealth boost for disadvantaged young people in Canberra

An early-intervention program will use the proceeds of crime to prevent disengaged young people becoming the adult offenders of tomorrow when it begins in July. Minister for Justice, the Hon. Michael Keenan today announced that Canberra Police Community Youth Club, Inc. (Canberra PCYC) has been awarded $470,000 under Round Two of the Safer Streets Programme 2016-18 for ‘Project Booyah’.

Project Booyah is an established twenty-week program for disadvantaged young people aged 14-17 years developed by the Queensland Child Protection & Investigation Unit, Queensland Police Service and Queensland PCYC. “The prevention of criminal activities and engagement with the youth justice system is a key objective of Project Booyah,” said Canberra PCYC General Manager Stephen Imrie today. “The program has successfully run in Queensland since 2011, and we’re pleased to offer it in Canberra for the benefits it brings to participants.“

Built on an evidence-based framework, Project Booyah incorporates adventure-based learning, social development, skills training, education, mentoring and vocational qualifications. Project Booyah addresses a young person’s disengagement from education and community in order to build resilience and prevent future involvement in antisocial behaviours, substance misuse and crime.

Participants will engage in attaining a Certificate Level Ior II qualification and trade skills that will assist them in their pathway to employment. Data supplied by Queensland PCYC shows that almost 80% of graduates from the program reengaged with education and over 60% gained some form of employment outcome, including work experience. A 2015 evaluation of Project Booyah by Griffith University found that participants were more likely to be regularly attending school or in paid employment after completing the program.

Project Booyah will complement the suite of diversion and youth engagement programs offered by Canberra PCYC, including programs focused on family violence, traffic offenders and at-risk young people.

The Commonwealth Safer Streets Programme redirects assets confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act to support community safety and crime prevention initiatives across Australia.

Canberra Raiders partner with Canberra PCYC to promote an active and connected community

Canberra Raiders partner with Canberra PCYC to promote an active and connected community

Canberra PCYC President David McLean, Raiders CEO Don Furner and Canberra PCYC General Manager Stephen Imrie formally sign the MOU between the Canberra PCYC and Canberra Raiders on Thursday at Raiders HQ

Canberra PCYC President David McLean, Raiders CEO Don Furner and Canberra PCYC General Manager Stephen Imrie formally sign the MOU between the Canberra PCYC and Canberra Raiders on Thursday at Raiders HQ

Canberra Raiders and the Canberra Police Community Youth Club (Canberra PCYC) today praised a new partnership to improve outreach activities for vulnerable young people and promote positive community health at a signing at Raiders HQ.

The two-year partnership will see both organisations collaborate to extend their work in providing positive role modelling and promoting healthy relationships for disadvantaged young people in the ACT. For young offenders engaged with Canberra PCYC, the opportunity to tour the Raiders training ground and experience a home game is a chance to positively reengage with the community.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Canberra Raiders to ensure more at risk young people are provided with pathways to build a positive future and actively participate in our community,” said Canberra PCYC President David McLean today. “With our mutual focus on promoting the benefits of respectful relationships and an active lifestyle, we can now reach more people in the community.”

Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner echoed Mr McLean’s comments and said the Raiders were proud to formally recognise the partnership between the two organisations.

“We strive to continue our standing in the Canberra and surrounding region as a leader in community involvement, and the partnership with the PCYC allows us to work with an organisation that does wonderful things for young people in the local community,” Mr Furner said. “The Raiders are excited about working with PCYC over the next two years and look forward to a successful partnership.”

A new crime diversion program for Canberra’s high-risk young offenders

A new crime diversion program for Canberra’s high-risk young offenders

A new full time crime diversion program for some of Canberra’s recidivist young offenders is set to reduce crime and positively reengage at-risk youth when a pilot begins at the end of April.

Launched by the Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell MLA at ACT Policing Headquarters today, the ‘Intensive Diversion Program’ developed by Canberra Police Community Youth Club Inc. (Canberra PCYC) will target young people committing property offences in the ACT and who are engaged with the Child and Youth Protection Service. “We have a unique role among community sector organisations in supporting some of Canberra’s most vulnerable young people, and the Intensive Diversion Program reflects our deep understanding of the issues behind youth offending” said Canberra PCYC President David McLean. The ‘Intensive Diversion Program’ will engage young offenders on a full time basis, providing evidence-based aggression therapy, reengagement with education or vocation, job placements and intensive case management with the participant and their family.

This program is a new approach to crime diversion in the ACT that brings together the Child and Youth Protection Service, ACT Policing and Canberra PCYC to oversee and monitor the progress of participants. Mr McLean praised this joint approach as “reflecting the continuing evolution of Canberra PCYC to reflect the needs and priorities of our stakeholders.”

The ‘Intensive Diversion Program’ will complement the suite of crime diversion programs currently provided by Canberra PCYC and this pilot is funded through the ACT Policing contribution to the Canberra PCYC. The relationship between the Australian Federal Police and Canberra PCYC in successfully diverting young people away from crime in the community has been ongoing for over fifty years, and Chief Police Officer Assistant Commissioner Rudi Lammers today welcomed the pilot. “The program will be intensive, it will be challenging and it will be demanding. But most of all, it will be rewarding, for the participant, for their family, and for the whole community,” Mr Lammers said.
 
“ We have a long connection with ACT Policing and the Canberra community, and with the Intensive Diversion Program we will continue to build positive futures for another generation of Canberrans” said Canberra PCYC President, David McLean today.