PCYC takes teens under its wing
Tuesday, 18th March, 2014
By By Emily Roberts
A program to help young people build relationships with police and the community has started again.
Senior Constable and Youth Case Manager from Sutherland PCYC, Michelle Druery, and NSW Police Youth Command, Inspector Colin Moore, were in the city last week to speak with local children and families.
They spoke about the “Hill to the Bay” program which has teenage boys complete a week-long leadership and confidence building program.
Local PCYC Manager, Rowena Lawrence, said this was the second time it was being been run in the city.
“Twelve boys have been selected by local Youth Liaison Officer Warren Furphy to participate in the program which will see them heading over to Sutherland for a week-long leadership and confidence building program. The boys will participate in a number of fun and challenging activities,” Ms Lawrence said.
Senior Constable Druery said the boys were selected from high schools in conjunction with the PCYC.
“We choose boys who would benefit from this style of leadership and teamwork program,” she said.
“The program will be held in April. The boys will take a bus to Adelaide and then fly to Sydney.
“They will stay in the Sutherland area, participate in a camp and hike. They will also stay at the Glebe PCYC.”
Snr Const. Druery said they will be revisiting concepts from the 2012 program.
“It was very successful and we had some great feedback,” she said.
“The program challenges them mentally and physically.”
Inspector Moore said it was all about developing relationships between young people and police.
“We want to strengthen the relationship between the PCYC, Youth Command and the Barrier LAC,” he said.
“We want the PCYC to continue working with crime prevention programs.”
There is hope the program will expand to host children from Sutherland PCYC in Broken Hill.
The boys who go on the Hill to the Bay will become involved with the local PCYC when they come home.
“We want them to give back and be involved in the PCYC,” Insp. Moore said.
“We want them to be active members of the community.”