PROJECT BOOYAH: Rockhampton Regional Councillor Rose Swadling, CQ University Dean Professor William Blayney, Acting Superintendent Adam Muir, Senior Constable Joe Ramsay, CUA Branch Manager Julieanne Wardrop.
PROJECT BOOYAH: Rockhampton Regional Councillor Rose Swadling, CQ University Dean Professor William Blayney, Acting Superintendent Adam Muir, Senior Constable Joe Ramsay, CUA Branch Manager Julieanne Wardrop. Orin Lucke - Blink Photography

$10,000 donated to Project Booyah to help at-risk youth

AT-RISK young people who are disconnected from their community will be able to benefit from a transformative early intervention program after Project Booyah in partnership with Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC Queensland) in Rockhampton received a $10,000 cash grant from CUA's Rockhampton branch. Project Booyah was selected from six community groups that applied for the funds.

Eligible organisations in Rockhampton were invited to apply for the cash grant from Australia's largest credit union, CUA, through the CUA Mutual Good Community Grants Program.

Under the program, grassroots not-for-profit organisations with big ideas for improving the quality of life of Australians were encouraged to apply for funding.

A judging panel comprising Rockhampton Regional Councillor Rose Swadling, Rotary Club of Rockhampton president Glen Riley and Central Queensland Capras CEO Dominique McGregor reviewed the applications to decide which initiative should benefit from the CUA Rockhampton grant.

CUA Rockhampton branch manager Julieanne Wardrop presented the not-for-profit organisation with the funds at a special presentation.

Project Booyah aims to re-engage young people with education, equip them with skills that assist with employment and provide a boost to their self esteem. The 20 week program incorporates social and skills development training, mentoring, literacy and numeracy as well as vocational scholarships.

The program has been operating since 2012 and is in nine locations across Queensland. Early evaluations of the program have shown a 77% reduction in offending rates post program.

"Project Booyah offers mentorship to prevent teenagers who are disengaged in their communities from going through the criminal justice system and put them on the path to success,” Acting Superintendent Adam Muir said.

"Ultimately, Project Booyah is unable to help these young people reach their full potential without community support such as that offered by CUA with the generous allocation of $10,000 grant.

"This funding will go directly to assist these young people with much needed equipment and supplies to ensure they are able to access vital services designed to improve their sustainable change and future vocational pathways,"



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