Group fosters feeling of belonging
TIANA Spence and Matthew Ruckert aren't just giving the youth of Rockhampton a voice, they're giving them a roar.
The two teenagers are members of the inaugural CQ Leos, a junior branch of the Rockhampton Lions Club.
"Basically we're a group of young people who like to help out the community and have fun at the same time," said Tiana, the group's secretary.
"It's a great way to meet other young people and also people out in the community."
The branch was officially chartered in January this year and with 16 members is the only one of its type in the Central Queensland area.
Tiana said the group was involved in such initiatives as Clean Up Australia Day and Relay For Life, as well as volunteering for the RACQ Capricornia Rescue Service.
She said the club, which is strictly no-alcohol, also holds its own social activities and get-togethers, like bowling and movie nights, once a month.
"Pretty much we'll get involved in anything we can get our hands on," she said.
Matt, who is president of the club, said he hoped the group would help to reduce juvenile crime in the area, but that the first step was with the children themselves.
"It won't help everyone - only the ones that want help," he said.
Another major focus is suicide prevention and awareness.
"It's something we're all passionate about because we've all either lost someone or been there ourselves," Tiana said.
"We want to let people know the warning signs and give them something they can put themselves into."
- Community youth group
- Meets last Sunday of every month
- Open to anyone between ages 15 and 25
- Phone 0477 075 837 for more information