Youth and Community

Youth and community programs at PCYC Zillmere

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 Crime and Violence Prevention Awards.

Indigenous Sport and Recreation Programs and Activities

Our Indigenous Sport and Recreation Officer coordinate sporting and recreational activities for Indigenous Youth. Programs are predominantly run through local schools in partnership with other community youth services and government departments and include programs such as; QPS & PCYC Community Netball and Touch Football Carnivals and Indigenous Camps.

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] 

Girls United

Girls United was designed as a program for female Youth Development Officers and Branch Managers as a way of engaging with young women. The program aims to enhance participants’ positive sense of self, boost self-esteem and resilience, provide a variety of positive life experiences, encourage goal setting behaviours, equip them with coping strategies for many life situations and expose participants to healthy female role models.

State Youth Leadership Program (SYLP)

PCYC Queensland’s leadership development programs aim to develop and support, as well as challenge and inspire young people to recognise and achieve their leadership potential .

The State Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) is a multi-stage training program designed to develop young people aged 14-25 into leaders. This is achieved through adventure based learning and engaging challenges and offers young people a chance to step out of their comfort zone, challenge themselves and develop skills useful in school, community, work and life.

Held at our Bornhoffen Leadership Development Centre in the Gold Coast Hinterland, SYLP brings together young people who are passionate about developing themselves and contributing positively to their community.

Any young person aged 14 to 25 years old who is interested in learning new skills, making new friends and taking on challenges can participate in SYLP.

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]
0428 250 363

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.

QPS Recruit Entry Fitness Assessment

If you are invited to participate in QPS Recruit Entry Fitness Assessment, you will be required to undertake a series of assessments at a Queensland Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC); PCYC equivalent in another state or territory; or an accredited personal trainer, to further assess your merit for appointment.

You will be provided with more information on the tests and what you need to bring on the day before attending QPS Recruit Entry Fitness Assessment, which will take up to two hours to complete.

You will not be permitted to undertake the QPS Recruit Entry Fitness Assessment unless you present photographic identification on the day, and produce your GP signed Certificate of Indemnity and Fitness Form at the time of your assessment.

Fitness Assessments are $20.00 and are conducted on Wednesday mornings, appointments are essential. Phone 3633 0244 to book.

Get Set for Work

This program is for young people who are disengaging from school or are needing help with job seeking. The initiative is to teach life skills – job skills and a work ethic. This prepares young potential school leavers for a job and a career. This program has had great success in re-engaging young people back in to education/school or in to employment. You will gain work experience, a Certificate 1 in Vocational Pathways, and some amazing friends along the way!

The program runs for 11 weeks, 5 days per week and is for young people aged between the ages of 16-19 years.

If this sounds like something you or someone you know would be interested in, please email [email protected]

PCYC Zillmere Volunteer Opportunities

Mentoring opportunities:

PCYC Zillmere 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 or come down to our club to fill in an application form. Still unsure, give us a call on 3633 0244 to answer any questions you may have.