New PCYC facility to support young Tasmanians

Media Release

FN046/2016

25 August 2016

Joint release with:

Eric Abetz

Liberal Senator for Tasmania

At-risk youth in Launceston will have better job prospects, resilience and self-esteem thanks to a new Police and Citizen Youth Club facility opened today.

A refurbished child care facility is now part of the Launceston PCYC s purpose-designed hub for the delivery of youth programs. The Coalition Government invested $69,956 from its National Stronger Regions Fund while $94,200 was contributed by the Tasmanian Association of Police and Citizens Youth Club.

“This investment is about giving our young people the best chance,” Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said.

“As a country mum to two boys, I understand how important it is to invest in our youth. The facility will now house alternative education programs in partnership with PCYC, TasTAFE, Save the Children and Tasmania Police.”

“The goal is to boost self-esteem, physical and mental health, motivation and resilience, giving you people the chance to be their best. I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and strong, resilient young people are key to strong communities.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz joined Tasmanian Minister for Police and Emergency Management Rene Hidding and the Launceston community for the official opening.

“This is a strong addition to the local community made possible by a partnership between the Government and the local PCYC which will help to benefit young Tasmanians,” Senator Abetz said.

“Since we came to office in 2013, we have seen the Tasmanian unemployment rate drop from 8.1 per cent to 6.5 per cent—something that has been achieved in partnership with the Tasmanian Liberal Government. But there is still more to do and by supporting projects such as this we can ensure practical and hands-on support for those who need it most.

“The centre will offer a range of programs including ‘Booyah’, a 20-week program for youth aged 15–19 years that aims to re-engage participants in learning by preparing them for the workplace through a vocational pathway,” Senator Abetz said.

“Another program called Project Pathfinder, will assist young people who are disengaged from education and want to study, but are unsure of their goals or what to study at TAFE.

“These vital programs offer literacy, numeracy and skills preparation for participants, as well as outdoor recreation and adventure based learning.

“Activities from the existing Launceston PCYC will help to fund important work with these disengaged, disadvantaged or vulnerable youth.

“This investment will also be supported by the Government's jobactive program which has seen more than 12,000 Tasmanians move from welfare into work,” Senator Abetz concluded.

For more information about the Launceston PCYC visit http://www.pcyctas.org/launceston.html