MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Jo-Anne Peace and Tanya Poncho from PCYC are looking for volunteers to help out at an Alternative Learning Space to be set up in Emu Park.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Jo-Anne Peace and Tanya Poncho from PCYC are looking for volunteers to help out at an Alternative Learning Space to be set up in Emu Park. Chris Ison Rokcpcyc

Students get support at Shack thanks to youth volunteers

IT was after Tanya Poncho couldn't find any services to help her son during hard times at school that prompted her to become a youth volunteer.

Now having worked with local youth who have disengaged from schooling for the past 18 months, Tanya has seen first hand how programs like Alternative Learning Space benefit struggling students.

That's why the PCYC, The Emu Park Lions Club, Capricornia School of Distance Education and Livingstone Shire Council have partnered to assist young people to re-engage back into education by providing an Alternative Learning Space in Emu Park.

The Alternative Learning Space will be housed at The Shack in Emu Park and will be the access point for students who wish to attend to their alternative studies on a regular basis.

PCYC program co-ordinator for Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast Jo-Anne Peace said the ALS was an important program.

"The centre will be equipped to assist and support young people and will be tailored uniquely for young people who are not suited to main stream schooling," Jo said.

"PCYC are looking for volunteers from the community, who would provide a critical role in providing assistance with manning the alternative learning space, supporting young people and providing a safe learning environment."

The ALS will open in mid-May and will be operational Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays during school terms from 9am until 3pm. The partnership will initially support up to four young people, aged between 14 and 18 years, from the Emu Park community.

GET INVOLVED

For more information about volunteering for the ALS in Emu Park or at the existing Yeppoon ALS, please contact Jo-Anne Peace at the Rockhampton PCYC - on 4927 7899 or 0418 884  096.



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