PCYC Dalby is on the search for mentor volunteers to support local young people gain their driver’s licence. Since 2012, Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland has been helping young people accomplish their hours behind the wheel with the Braking the Cycle (BTC) program. The program assists disadvantaged and disengaged youth to earn their driver’s licence, while simultaneously breaking the cycle of welfare, unemployment and isolation from social networks.

PCYC Dalby BTC Program Co-Ordinator Kelly Ryan said there are currently 24 locations across the state where the program is run. “PCYC Dalby has been running BTC since 2013 and so far we have helped 141 young people earn their driver’s licence,” said Kelly. “The impressive numbers and overall success wouldn’t be possible without volunteer driver mentors acting as supervisors and assisting the learners to acquire good driving habits. We are always looking for volunteer driver mentors to help us with the program.”

A program has also been initiated with funding from the Department of Transport and Main Roads to deliver road safety and driver awareness to high school students in Year 11 and 12. The workshops are held in local high schools and cover theoretical learning sessions, as well as practical driving experience. Dalby is fortunate to be one of three communities to implement this program, along with Hervey Bay and Pine Rivers. “We work closely with the Queensland Police Service and have officers speaking to our students, particularly about the Fatal Five, focussing on young drivers. Students are encouraged to actively participate, ask questions and engage with the officers,” Kelly said.

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