Youth and Community

PCYC Queensland is a trusted and respected charitable not-for-profit that delivers a broad range of youth-focused activities and programs, outside school hours care, gym and fitness, and more for everyone.

Since 1948, our staff and volunteers have been working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to meet local community and youth needs. Importantly, PCYC’s are a vital and key point of engagement for young people who are at risk, disadvantaged or disengaged. Our clubs and programs provide opportunities for young people to have positive experiences, get involved in a wide range of activities and learn from great mentors and community leaders, including serving Police officers.

Almost 90% of our work is funded through your kind donations and our fee-for-services within the community. The remaining 10% is from government funding and significant in-kind support from our founding partners. Any surplus revenue goes straight back into our programs and facilities, as well as the communities we serve — ensuring we deliver on our vision both now and in the future.

Like the young people that we support, PCYC Queensland’s programs are widely diverse, and your donation will support any number of our youth development, crime prevention and community engagement programs. Each day our staff, volunteers and QPS Officers work to help young people reach their potential and make positive life choices, but we couldn’t do it without you. Together, we’re building safer, healthier communities through youth development.

Below is a list of all our community out-reach programs which PCYC Townsville delivers to the Townsville community.

Youth and community activities at PCYC Townsville

Braking the Cycle

PCYC Braking the Cycle (BTC) is our volunteer driver mentor program designed to support learner drivers between the ages of 16 to 25 years old 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 42 PCYC clubs across Queensland. Since its inception in 2012, Braking the Cycle has received numerous awards from the Australian Road Safety Awards, Queensland Reconciliation Awards and Regional Achievement & Community Awards, a silver award in the 2017 National National Crime and Violence Prevention Awards, and most recently named a winner of a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in December 2018.

Volunteer Driver Mentors

Would you like to support young people to learn to drive?  Can you spare an hour or more a week?

If so, we’d love you to join our team of over 300 volunteer driver mentors.  You will need to hold an open licence (min 12 months) and have or be willing to obtain a Blue Card (we can help you with this).  Student participation is assessed by a driving school to ensure competency and vehicles and comprehensive training is provided for mentors.

Here’s what a couple of our existing volunteers had to say…

“It is so rewarding to give back and I have met some amazing people both staff and young people.”
Driver Mentor, Nambour

“Initially I was a little apprehensive about the role of a BTC mentor, but since “going live” I have found that my apprehensions were unnecessary and I enjoy the experience and it’s challenges and would definitely recommend the mentor role to others.”
Driver Mentor, Caloundra

PCYC Braking the Cycle program is proudly supported by:


For all enquiries, contact Ryan via (07) 4781 9100 or email [email protected]
Alternatively Complete the Braking the Cycle Form

Braking the Cycle Enquiry Form

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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.

[email protected]
4781 9100

Team Up

TEAM UP aims to deliver integral communication and life skills sessions to students whilst providing the ability for youth to resolve issues without resorting to violence and intimidation.

Put succinctly, the program aims to provide students with:
– Anti-bullying and self-defence strategies through delivering protective behaviour instruction
– Assertiveness and scenario based training to encourage positive decision making and cooperation
– Instruction on strategies to deal with unsafe situations
– Threat identification and justification of any response technique
– Development of skills and attitudes to enable participants to contribute positively to their own safety and wellbeing

Key learning areas – Cooperation, Trust, Teamwork, Respect, Support, Communication, Assertiveness, Patience, Leadership & Perseverance.

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.