Project Booyah is ready for round 2
ROUND 2 of Project Booyah commenced last week in the hopes of setting more teens back on the straight and narrow.
The program focuses on educating youth who have found themselves in trouble with the law.
In the first round of the program, 80% of the teenagers finished the course, so continuing on and offering the program made sense, according to Inspector Adam Muir.
"We've got the second cohort of Booyah that has commenced recently.
"The boys are starting to learn their hospitality certificate and they are all engaged,” Inspector Muir said.
"We have 10 boys in here and we hope to not only teach them that but also some life skills along the way, some skills that they can take further throughout their lives and sort of try to keep them out of harm's way so to speak so they don't get in trouble with the police anymore.
"They can certainly see they need a little bit of education to go further ahead in the world today.”
Choosing who got the opportunity of being in the program involved an assessment period and over 60 interviews to ensure the best possible outcome was achieved for not just the program but also for the 10 boys who were chosen.
Senior Constable Joe Ramsy, Project Booyah co-ordinator, said all the boys in the second round seemed really keen to jump in and give it a go.
"We had 10 again but we finished with eight (last round) so we had 80% go through. They all got their Certificate I in Hospitality, so that was really good and all 10 boys this time round are fairly keen so far,” Snr Const Ramsy said.
"It's just giving the boys more options and giving the community a better look at these boys.
"The choices they have made may not be the best ones but this is an entrusting by the police, the community, by parents and by themselves to say, 'look, there is other options out there, make better choices and doors will open'.”