New program for at-risk kids
KIDS who are at-risk, disadvantaged or disengaged will be supported with a new program to start at PCYC South Burnett on Monday, December 17.
Starting in the lead up to the 2019 school year the Restart program will provide meaningful and engaging activities for primary and secondary school students who are facing suspension from school.
The program has been developed in partnership with the Department of Education and Training and delivered with support from the Queensland Police Service.
The Restart program at PCYC South Burnett will be implemented by acting branch manager Sergeant Rene Bond, who will work in conjunction with Murgon State High School, Murgon State Primary School and Cherbourg State Primary School.
"The addition of this successful program will enhance the service delivery of PCYC South Burnett to the entire region and encourage our young people to be the best they can be and re-engage with the educational system and our local community,” Sgt Bond said.
Implemented over a two-week period, the program consists of a mixture of experiential learning activities, school work, physical activity and work experience.
The aim is to instil a change of mentality towards education and learning, build resilience, introduce rational conflict resolution and adaptable problem solving and help young people identify and comprehend their own emotional and physical well-being.
Senior government co-ordinator for Cherbourg, Andy Henderson, said the Restart program provided positive outcomes for young people, families and the community by providing a safe and structured environment for young people on or at risk of suspension.
"The Restart program centres around developing social ability and self-confidence to help students consciously apply knowledge, skills and strategies fostered to improve outcomes,” Mr Henderson said.
PCYC Queensland Chief Executive Officer Phil Schultz, said the aim of the program is to instil resilience and emotional intelligence in youth.
"Our Restart program provides young people with strategies for problem solving and conflict resolution whilst engaging in club activities, to help increase their self-esteem and self-worth,” Mr Schultz said.
"Restart recognises that many young people require an individualised approach to social and developmental issues, and the program has been designed to effectively target the specific issues young people in our community currently face,” he said.
The program has successfully been delivered for the past six years by the PCYC Toowoomba team headed by Branch Manager Sergeant Cam Crisp.