Youth and Community

Braking the Cycle

VOLUNTEER MENTORS NEEDED

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 Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.

Braking the Cycle

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] 

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.

PCYC Hills District only runs this Program in conjunction with schools when there is an identified need. Other PCYC’s may offer the Program to the general community.

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.

Contact:
[email protected]
(07) 3855 1980

PCYC Hills District Volunteer Opportunities

PCYC Hills District are always looking for mentors. Mentors play a vital role in the Braking the Cycle (BTC) program. Mentors help support 16-25 year old participants to increase their logbook hours whilst they are on their learners licence. Braking the Cycle is a state wide learner driver mentoring program that empowers young people who, due to financial hardship or social barriers, would otherwise be unable to achieve the mandatory 100 hours of supervised driving. Mentoring is more than just practical instruction, mentors provide encouragement and help young people improve their self-esteem and develop positive road safety attitudes.

We provide all necessary training to support you in your mentoring role (both online and 2 x 3 hour face to face training workshops). Sessions all take place in a PCYC vehicle, meaning all you need is your licence, blue card and time.

All you need is a willingness for the role and any necessary training, have held an open licence for at least 1 year, and have the ability to apply for a Blue Card, and Restricted Drivers Authorisation (RDA)- we can support with these applications.

If this sounds like just the opportunity you’ve been looking for, you can apply online via https://www.pcyc.org.au/get-involved/volunteer/ or come down to our club to fill in an application form. Still unsure, give us a call on 07 3855 1980 to answer any questions you may have.