On the 18th June, ten participants from Project Booyah took part in the My Pathway Job Club at the Mooroobool Hub.

The session involved a variety of activities focussed on breaking barriers in communication, team bonding and discussions around ‘career journeys’.

The session also introduced participants to guest speakers from a variety of Industries here in Cairns:

Max and Deb from PCYC spoke about where they had come from and what led them to be working with PCYC. They told the group what qualifications were required to enter the industry and employers expectations.

Aaron from Queensland Health talked to the group about the importance of being healthy and fit for work.

George Belle, a local Indigenous man shared his amazing story of struggles to success. He told the group that anything is possible even if you do come from a disadvantaged background. George graduated from the Accor “Job Ready Program” to be only person in the region to be accepted to the Accor Graduate Management Traineeship.

The participant’s feedback included “confidence will get me further”, “follow your pathway and your dreams will come true”, “believe in yourself”, “give your best and never give up”, “show initiative” and “there are positive things to turn to in hard time”.

The Job Club is linked with and supports Project Booyah, an initiative of the Cairns Safer Streets Task Force, who is calling for a joint response to implement practical on-the-ground actions to combat crime, juvenile offending, homelessness and alcohol related issues.

The Job Club aligns to and is responsive to Project Booyahs goals to assist participants into further education or employment. A practical response to a cohort of ‘at risk’ youth who are disengaged from the school system and who are at risk of becoming involved in patterns of escalating criminal behavior.

We look forward to assisting the next cohort of Project Booyah participants through continued delivery of the Job Club.

‘Project Booyah’, is a police run leadership and mentor program that utilises adventure based learning, decision making/problem solving exercises, resilience training, policing strategies and family inclusive principles to help young people aged 14-16 years make better choices!

The program involves a whole of government response that also works with local businesses and community groups in a common pursuit of reducing and preventing young people’s involvement in crime, the criminal justice system, and disengagement with their local community, education and/or their family.

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