As the 'Rise Up' program completes one year this month, it continues to make a difference in supporting youths in the community.
"In Goulburn, we have been running 'Fit for Life' program for the last 12 months. We have recently introduced 'Fit for Home' program for youths which will help break the cycle of domestic and family violence," Goulburn PCYC manager Mark Croker said.
"We have received good response from the community for these two programs. The demand for both of them is high and we have a waiting list for those who are keen to join."
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"Due to its demand, we have started the program in Yass as well."
'Fit for Life' program is designed to engage youths who are at the risk of poor choices and anti-social behaviour through physical fitness, nutrition and social engagement.
"In the morning, youths are picked up from their home by buses. They come to PCYC club where they have a fitness exercise regime and have breakfast after that. Lunch is packed for them and then they are dropped off at the school," he said.
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Youths doing well in the program are now being included in some of the other activities in the club.
"We try and subsidise those with New South Wales vouchers, funding and grants," Mr Croker said.
Recently, 'Fit for Home' program was launched for youths, helping them break the cycle of domestic and family violence.
"It is currently being run at Goulburn High School. It helps youths to break the habits, especially if they are in an environment where they see such instances taking place regularly," Mr Croker said.
"We provide them mental education and support. A case manager also identifies problems for youth, areas of concerns and what we need to do to follow up and get them into other programs if required."
The 'Fit for Life' program currently has 47 youths and 'Fit for Home' has 17 participants.
The 'Fit For Life' is held on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-9am.
'Fit For Home' is program, is held from 6:30-9am on every Tuesday of the week.
It is a referral program with children aged 12-17 years being referred by schools, parents and other community services.
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