FEEL A LIVE: Project Booyah graduates Declin Judas and Blayze Chalson are now on course for a successful career post school.
FEEL A LIVE: Project Booyah graduates Declin Judas and Blayze Chalson are now on course for a successful career post school. Chris Ison ROK081216cbooyah3

Booyah eight get an A plus

AFTER tentative beginnings, students Blayze Chalson and Declin Judas are now putting pen to paper to attain a Year 12 certificates.

The Central Queensland pair were two of eight graduates of Project Booyah, a support based program designed to assist disengaged youths in the classroom.

Both young men said school wasn't even in the back of their minds let alone doing post study.

After double Booyah sessions for nearly six months, a seed has been planted.

"I don't know what I'd be doing without this program. School was not a main priority at all but it is now,” a motivated Blayze responded.

Project Booyah participants and staff at their graduation.
Project Booyah participants and staff at their graduation. Chris Ison ROK081216cbooyah2

"I honestly didn't care about other options. At all. School was a waste of time for me, not any more though.

"I feel a bit shocked at the moment, it hasn't quite sunk in that we have finished it.

"The first day in the restaurant was pretty challenging because we were so new to it all and didn't know what to do but it was all worth it in the end. A really great experience.”

Declin always harboured ambitions of joining the culinary industry, and upon completion, those ideas remain but infused with others.

"I always wanted to become a chef but they have really opened my eyes to other opportunities and pathways,” he said.

"I either want to become a chef or study structural or architectural design. I like buildings and the thought of designing them is exciting.

"If i become an architect I can design my own kitchen.”

Snr Constable Joe Ramsay at the graduation.
Snr Constable Joe Ramsay at the graduation. Chris Ison ROK081216cbooyah1

Rockhampton Project Booyah coordinator senior constable Joe Ramsay has been there for every step of the 20-week program, guiding the boys on their path.

He said while it was difficult at times, the "good bunch of kids” stuck it out to their credit.

"Graduation is always an exciting time, they have come through with great guns and really shown some inspiration to turn up where they are,” srn con Ramsay said.

"It was a bit rough at the start, they all came in a bit tentative. But they all gelled well and you could notice it. They made a point to really involve and include everyone.

"They are all really keen for next year and I am confident they will stay on the right path.”



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