Youth and Community

Youth and community programs at PCYC Edmonton

Basketball After Dark

Free basketball, snacks, and music. Basketball activities / game

Friday evenings 6pm to 8.oopm Court 1

PCYC Edmonton 10-20 Walker Road, Edmonton.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

PCYC is Queensland’s largest provider of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, a multi-stage self-development program available to young people ages 14 to 25 that encourages them to set their own goals and challenges, work towards achieving them, and then be recognised at the end for sustaining the commitment they have made.

For further information on how to get involved please contact PCYC Queensland’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator on 07 3909 9501 or email [email protected] 

Youth Management Team (YMT)

PCYC Youth Management Teams (YMT) are a social and leadership development group for young people who wish to improve their leadership skills and to give back to and connect with their communities. YMTs meet regularly within the clubs, volunteer their time and establish and drive their own projects within the community.

Meet on Tuesday afternoons 4pm to 5pm

Contact: Melanie Lizotte-Steponavicius  (07) 4045 6540 or email [email protected]

Braking the Cycle

Braking the Cycle is our volunteer driver mentor program designed to support learner drivers without access to a supervisor or registered vehicle to complete their logbook hours. The aim of the program is to provide young people with increased employment opportunities, community connection and driver education.

Participants are matched with a specific volunteer from our extensive and experienced driver mentor network. Mentors provide encouragement and help young people improve their self-esteem and develop positive road safety attitudes.

With the support of government, community and corporate partners, Braking the Cycle is currently offered at 33 PCYC clubs across Queensland. Since its inception in 2012, Braking the Cycle has received 19 awards from the Australian Road Safety Awards, Queensland Reconciliation Awards and Regional Achievement & Community Awards, and most recently won a silver award in the 2017 National National Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.

Contact Sgt Steven Pattono (07) 4045 6540 or email [email protected]

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can is an innovative program using sports to develop and improve relationships between Indigenous school students and local police.

As part of the program, students are  matched with a police officer of their choice and participate in team building activities and a friendly sporting competition. This allows students and police officers to get to know each other in a healthy environment and build positive, respectful relationships.

Contact Marc Harbrow (7) 4032 0555 or email [email protected]

Deep Blue Line

Deep Blue Line is a police mentoring program which aims at enhancing young people’s positive sense of self, boost self-esteem, provide a variety of positive life experiences, encourage goal setting behaviours and expose participants to healthy role models. The program is gender specific and can be adapted to cater for young males or females as a small group of up to 10 participants and two facilitators. Weekly sessions deliver life-skills based sessions and interactions with mentors based around the key learning areas of communication, wellbeing and positive futures

Contact Sgt Steven Pattono or Melanie Lizotte-Steponavicius  (07) 40456540 or email [email protected] / [email protected]


This program aims to engage young women with oping, confidence, self-esteem and resilience issues and empower them to believe in themselves, to understand what a healthy relationships with themselves and other looks like and how to find their inner spirit, and strength.

Aimed at grades 7 to 12.  Groups of 10.  8 week program run in school hours (but can be conducted after school).  Free to schools.  Food and program resources are provided by PCYC.  Contact person YMT – Melanie Lizotte-Steponavicius PCYC  (07) 4045 6540 or email [email protected]



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


DRUMBEAT (Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts) is Holyoake’s award-winning and evidence-based program which utilises drumming and rhythm as a medium to increase resilience. It is a structured, but flexible 10 session course. Content covered by the program includes social responsibility, values, identity, dealing with emotions, peer pressure, harmony, communication and teamwork.

Contact Melanie Lizotte-Steponavicius PCYC (07) 4045 6540 or email [email protected]

RUBY (Rise Up, Be Yourself)

RUBY (Rise Up, Be Yourself) is a free physical fitness program for women who are, have been, or likely to be experiencing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).

Held weekly at a number of PCYCs across Queensland, RUBY is designed to empower women by building physical strength and contributing to general well-being, emotional resilience, self-esteem and confidence through physical exercise in a violence free and safe environment. The unique program gives participants a different outlet and tools to combat the DFV cycle by fostering connected relationships with other women in a safe, group environment. Sessions are facilitated by a qualified, female PT and a female member of the QPS attends and participates.

RUBY can be a conduit for the needs of the women, and help to create a culture of change and facilitate them to a place of survivorship. It can link participants into existing local services for support, information, referrals and resources and the partnership with the QPS ensures that positive relationships are formed with participants, and direct support is provided.

Melanie Lizotte-Steponavicius
0409 884 807
[email protected]