PCYC Bateau Bay is making headway in reducing youth crime rates on the Central Coast through its Go Girls initiative, a capacity building program designed to assist young women aged 12 to 16 years who are at risk of involvement in criminal activity.
After partnering with PCYC Bateau Bay in 2014, we recently recommitted funding support for the new-look Go Girls program, which promotes a more detailed and holistic approach to mental health, as well as a component focused on the issues of cybercrime and sexting.
The program aims to build skills and resilience in at-risk young women, dispel negative images around mental health and reduce participant's contact with the juvenile justice system. These focus areas complement our core value of backing age specific prevention programs that offer the support and services required to assist those most vulnerable.
Central Coast twins, Maria and Helena Peros, participated in the PCYC program in 2014 with their journey providing proof of its success and ability to change the life direction of participants.
Prior to their involvement in the program, the Peros twins experimented heavily with drugs and alcohol, attended parties most weekends and often skipped school. Since completing Go Girls, both girls have shown incredible signs of improvement, especially in terms of their attitude towards study, and have a much more positive outlook on their future direction.
More than 30 adolescent girls will be involved in Go Girls this year with plans to expand the program's reach across the Central Coast. To find about more visit www.pcycnsw.org.au/bateau-bay/