Awards scheme 'deadly' success for PCYC

SUCCESS: The Deadly Dukes program from Ipswich State High School and the Ipswich PCYC has won a major award.
SUCCESS: The Deadly Dukes program from Ipswich State High School and the Ipswich PCYC has won a major award. Rob Williams

A MODIFIED version of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is just one of the success stories for Ipswich PCYC.

The youth club has received multiple awards for its programs, including the "Connecting With the Jarjums” program.

Angela Watts, development officer for the PCYC, said the "Jarjums” received an Ipswich Region Child Protection Award, while the long-running "Braking the Cycle” program received a 'Highly Commended' award at the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference.

"This program is a learner driver mentor program that helps young people achieve their 100 hours of driver training, when they would not otherwise have access to a supervising driver,” Ms Watts explained.

"This program is in its fourth year, and has received many awards over this time.”

Also recognised for its work is the "Deadly Dukes” program, which focuses on indigenous youth at risk of becoming disengaged with schooling.

"We started with 18 participants three years ago, with 10 of them from Ipswich High.”

Not only have these 10 students stayed with the program, Ms Watts said, but they will complete Year 12 this year.

"We now have 30 students, 10 at each level, Bronze, Silver and Gold; they are now all from Ipswich High.”

The participants complete requirements in service, volunteering and physical activity, Ms Watts said, that help connect them to indigenous culture.

"They do traditional dance and cultural activities.”

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