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.

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