Youth and Community

Youth and community programs at PCYC Ipswich

For all inquiries, please email [email protected] or call (07) 3281 2547.

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  volunteers 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 has 46 Braking the Cycle sites and 3 School Programs 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.

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

Youth Leadership Team (YLT)

Mondays during school terms, excluding public holidays 4:00pm-6:00pm

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

Boxing After Dark

Wednesdays during school terms, excluding public holidays 4:00pm-6:00pm

Beep test

Thursday fortnightly, excluding public holidays 4:00pm-5:00pm

Duke of Ed

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] 

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 personal trainer and a female member of the Queensland Police Service also 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.

RESPECT in School

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.

Team Up

Team Up is a program that involves young people and police working together through a physically active program. Team Up aims to teach mental strength and physical ability, whilst breaking down barriers of the involvement with Police Officers.

Team Up is an approach that can operate for several diverse demographics. Team Up can be offered as a leadership skilling opportunity for young people who show interest in leadership opportunities or it can be offered for young people who need support in social and emotional learning to all round help promote independence in youth.

Deep Blue Line