Community Activity Programs through Education– Indigenous Police Citizen Youth Club (Cape Indigenous PCYC)

Kristy Wimhurst, program coordinator of Cape Indigenous PCYC, says: ‘You cannot run an Indigenous youth program without engaging the community. Elders regularly contribute to our community-based approach. Action Area 3 [community resilience] is particularly important. We notice that as people consistently attend recreational activities their school attendance and performance improves.’

Serving Indigenous youth aged 8 to 23, the overall aim of Cape Indigenous PCYC is to reduce youth boredom through sport and recreation. Cape Indigenous PCYC is managed by the Police Citizens Youth Club.

Aims

The overall aim of Cape Indigenous PCYC is to reduce youth boredom through sport and recreations. More specifically it aims to:

  • provide a multi–agency approach to support Indigenous youth through the coordination of activitie.
  • provide highly skilled staff who can develop sustainable youth activities
  • support consistency in youth attendance of activities.

Other aims include:

  • to build resilience and promote healing
  • encourage, motivate and support young people to enhance their skills.
Duration

Cape Indigenous PCYC officially commenced in 2007. Prior to this a number of activities were conducted in Police Citizen Youth Clubs throughout Queensland.

Location

With the project servicing Indigenous youth aged 8 to 23, four Queensland Cape Indigenous PCYCs have opened in:

  • Yarrabah;
  • Napranum;
  • Wujul Wujul; and
  • Hope Vale.

Following the success of these clubs there are plans to open 13 additional Indigenous PCYCs in the next seven years.

Model

Cape PCYC is based on the successful Yarrabah PCYC Community Centre model. This model is designed to provide practical and effective solutions to youth issues in Aboriginal communities through partnerships between Queensland PCYC and:

  • Yarrabah Aboriginal Council
  • Yarrabah Community
  • Queensland Police Service.
Activities

Cape Indigenous PCYC activities include, but are not limited to:

  • basketball, volleyball, football and cricket;
  • swimming;
  • healthy cooking;
  • dance projects;
  • breakfast programs;
  • youth empowerment programs;
  • team building camps; and 
  • art and craft.
Evaluation

Each youth centre provides quarterly progress reports that include a selection of images. Following the report submission, appropriate images are enlarged and returned to the centre to encourage program attendance.

Lessons learned
  • Training people to fill out time-sheets and manage a centre requires considerable time and resources.
  • Scenario-based training is quite effective, especially in areas where literacy levels may not be high.
Project partners

Cape Indigenous PCYC works in partnership with:

  • Indigenous communities
  • Scouts Australia
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Queensland Police Citizens Youth Clubs
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards
  • AFL Kickstart.
More information

Email wimhurst.kristie@police.qld.gov.au