Youth and Community

Youth and community programs at PCYC Ipswich

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.

Community Work Skills

PCYC Ipswich deliver this program under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative for women needing support to re-enter the work force. We have designed the program to support vulnerable women including victims/survivors of Domestic and Family Violence who need additional support to find employment. The course is flexible to suit women with children at school or with disabilities. Individual case management and other supports have been built in to the project to encourage and empower women.

The project aims to provide a flexible program tailored to meet the individual needs of the participants which provides skills in areas that primarily address the following community concerns:

  • Provision of community based nationally recognized training
  • Facilitation of Employment soft skills
  • Basic typing and Computer skills training and refreshers
  • Creation of basic employment networks
  • Individualised Case Management
  • Acting as a referral hub to address secondary social concerns
  • Direct support overcoming lack of confidence
  • Equality in obtaining a Qld Drivers license utilising:
  • Priority access to the Braking the Cycle Program where required
  • Assistance to undertake driving test where required

The program primarily targets:

Women re-entering the work force, especially those who:

  • Stay at Home mothers returning to work
  • Women who are victims/survivors of Domestic and Family Violence
  • Women of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Mature aged women seeking employment or re-entering the workforce

Individual Interventions

1:1 Intervention targets young people at risk of offending, disengaged or at risk of disengaging with a Police Officer to provide mentoring and assistance to overcome social issues and provide alternative positive pathways. 1:1 Interventions gives at risk youth the opportunity to engage with a positive role model to develop self-esteem and confidence as well as personal resilience and life skills.

The primary focus is on preventing re-offending, through diversionary and interventionary activities. Referrals for intervention are received from Queensland Police Service, Supportlink, community services and parents


  • Crime Prevention
  • Mentoring
  • Developing life skills
  • Providing referrals for issues such as substance abuse
  • Personal accountability
  • Mental health and wellbeing