Youth and Community

Youth and community programs at PCYC Charters Towers

Youth Management Team (YMT)

Our Towers Ignite Youth Management Team is an exceptional group of young people aged 14 – 20 years who are passionate about making a positive difference in their community and being young leaders and positive role models for their peers.  Members work alongside PCYC staff, volunteering their time to run programs, activities and events for local youth such as ESCAPE, Skate Night and Bluelight Discos as well as working with other local and regional organisations on initiatives to improve our community.

Many positive opportunities are available through the team, members get the chance to do things they have never done before, learn skills that will help them in their future schooling and career and meet new people.

As the Towers Ignite Youth Management Team is by invitation only, submit your application here. Successful applicants will be notified via email.

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

Junior Youth Management Team (JYMT)

From the success of our YMT, the Junior Youth Management Team was developed in 2016 to help build young leaders within our community. Towers Ignite JYMT members are aged 10-13 years and meet fortnightly at PCYC Charters Towers to participate in development sessions to build their leadership abilities and enhance their social and emotional growth, team work, communication, problem solving and resilience. Members also volunteer alongside the Towers Ignite YMT at events such as Skate Nights, Bluelight Discos and fundraising events.

As the Towers Ignite Junior Youth Management Team is by invitation only, submit your application here. Successful applicants will be notified via email.

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

Circle of Respect

Circle of Respect is a learning program for indigenous primary school aged children.

The main focus of the program is respect – respect for yourself, your family, your community and your environment. Each week the program focuses on one of these areas, delivered to the participants through cultural or recreational activities, workshops or presentations from local and regional services, sports clinics, art and craft and more. Participants are also encouraged to discuss their background and culture and explore their self-identity.

Police Liaison Officers are involved in the program as role models for our young indigenous people and to help them understand that Police Officers are members of the community who are there to offer their support and help.

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

Emergency Services Cadets

The PCYC Queensland Emergency Services Cadets program is delivered in partnership with PCYC Queensland and Queensland’s emergency services, thanks to the support of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

The program is offered to young people aged 12 to 17 and operates out of an emergency service facility within a community under the leadership and guidance of volunteer adult leaders and mentoring emergency services personnel.

Cadets learn a diverse range of emergency service skills, develop their leadership potential and are encouraged to explore a career pathway or ongoing volunteering with emergency services; as the program has a focus on “building the next generation of emergency service volunteers”.

PCYC Emergency Services Cadets at a glance:

  • Cadet programs operate out of sponsoring emergency service facilities.
  • Young people are encouraged to consider a career in emergency services or to become an adult volunteer in emergency services.
  • Cadets learn a diverse range of emergency response skills from highly experienced personnel.
  • It is free to join!

To find out more, call (07) 3909 9555 or email [email protected]

Blue EDGE

To encourage young people to embrace their potential; stand with pride; build relationships and foster team work, Blue EDGE is designed to extend a young person’s mind and physical capability.

Blue EDGE is an 8 week program with sessions twice a week that is run in partnership with Queensland Blue Light and Queensland Police Service. The program uses physical training as a tool to help young people develop discipline, learn goal setting skills and grow through the achievement of personal goals. Young people will learn the importance of team work, and to motivate one another as well as themselves to achieve their goals. Participants will also receive motivational speeches from successful entrepreneurs and sports persons that they can aspire to.

The overall intention is to Educate, Develop discipline, Grow self-esteem and Empower the young person in their life choices. Blue EDGE Empowering Youth!

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

TEAM UP

TEAM UP is a social skills program that aims to help students re-engage at school, or develop in a positive direction, by focusing on leadership qualities. TEAM UP contains a variety of practical activities designed to build crucial life skills, with the weekly program including activities that aim to build resilience, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, social competencies and skills around communication, patience, assertiveness and problem solving.

The team building exercises create a strong team mentality between all members and they learn to work together and focus on perseverance, goal setting and achievement, priority setting, decision-making and consequences. A strong outcome of the program is teaching young people how to resolve issues without resorting to violence and intimidation.

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

Bulletproof

Bulletproof is a five-day hands-on social skills workshop that aims to help young people build leadership qualities, emotional intelligence, resilience and communication skills, thus reducing the likelihood that they will be the victims of bullying.

Bulletproof  contains a variety of practical activities designed to build crucial life skills. The week-long program includes activities that aim to build resilience, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, social competencies, and skills around communication, patience, assertiveness and problem solving. In keeping with the ‘6 C’s of Positive Youth Development’, the program also aims to teach basic competence in a defensive martial art.

Members of the local Police station attend the program to help break down barriers with local young people.

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

LOVE BiTES

LOVE BiTES is an extremely successful school-based Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program created by NAPCAN. LOVE BiTES is based on best practice standards for education programs as  recommended by the Federal Government funded Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House and other leading academics in the area of violence against women.

LOVE BiTES is a Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years which aims to provide young people with a safe environment to examine, discuss and explore relationships. All Love Bites programming takes a strength-based approach and views young people as active participants who are able to make choices for themselves and their relationships when supported with information and opportunity for
skill development.
LOVE BiTES education is focused on three critical areas for learning:

  • Knowledge: youth-led collaborative learning
  • Attitudes: critical thinking and decision-making and
  • Behaviours: problem solving and communication skills

The overall aims of the programming are to equip young people with the knowledge needed to have respectful relationships, encourage and develop their skills in critical thinking and assist them in being able to problem solve and communicate effectively. When equipped in these areas, NAPCAN believes that young people can make the right choices for themselves and their relationships that are free from violence and abuse.

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

LOVE BiTES Junior

LOVE BiTES Junior is a respectful relationships education program that focuses on the development of respectful relationships for 11-14 year olds. It is a suite of 3 programs which evolved out of the success of LOVE BiTES.

The LOVE BiTES Junior Program consists of 3 programs:

#friends (Year 7): which covers themes such as communicating mindfully, warning signs of abusive behaviour, power in relationships, responding to concerns as bystanders, seeking help and rights and responsibilities in relation to sharing sexualised images

Respectful Relationships, Bullying and Gender (Year 8): which covers themes such as respect in relationships, gender roles and stereotypes, gender and relationships, jealousy, sexual harassment and homophobia, challenging harassment, discrimination and gender stereotypes and seeking help

Relationships, Love and Control (Year 9): which covers themes such as gender expectations and relationships, responding to jealous feelings, love and control, warning signs of a controlling/abusive relationship, supporting friends, seeking help and breaking up with respect.

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

Adventure Bound

Our Adventure Bound program partners with local and regional schools/ groups to deliver adventure development packages with activities such as canoeing, orienteering, rockwall and archery. Sessions can be one-off events, ongoing or incorporated into a planned camp or excursion. The program also offers leadership development and team building sessions that can be delivered in schools/organisations or at PCYC Charters Towers.

Contact us today to see what we can do for you!

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast Of Champions is an engagement process designed to enable PCYC Branches to determine the needs of their community – and hence, their strategic branch priorities – by engaging with key stakeholders from that community in a meaningful way. It is hoped that this collaborative approach will result in a long-lasting and positive impact on the community through strengthening connections, developing new partnerships, encouraging communication and fostering active community participation.

Breakfast Of Champions is an initiative that is based around a community consortium which will meet at least annually, and which includes representatives from the community and its organisations, police service, schools, business owners, young people, local elders and government representatives. These community champions have a unique perspective on and contribution to the community’s strengths and challenges.

The consortium is delivered as a breakfast meeting which enables participation from the widest range of organisations and young people possible. The aim is to invite people who are able to implement the necessary changes/actions within the community, not just talk about the issues/problems.

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]

State Youth Leadership Program (SYLP)

PCYC Queensland’s leadership development programs aim to develop and support, as well as challenge and inspire young people to recognise and achieve their leadership potential .

The State Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) is a multi-stage training program designed to develop young people aged 14-25 into leaders. This is achieved through adventure based learning and engaging challenges and offers young people a chance to step out of their comfort zone, challenge themselves and develop skills useful in school, community, work and life.

Held at our Bornhoffen Leadership Development Centre in the Gold Coast Hinterland, SYLP brings together young people who are passionate about developing themselves and contributing positively to their community.

Any young person aged 14 to 25 years old who is interested in learning new skills, making new friends and taking on challenges can participate in SYLP.

For all enquiries contact us at (07) 4787 3231 or email [email protected]