Young Tasmanians on a roll with mobile activity centre

BOREDOM will be a thing of the past for disadvantaged and at-risk youth living in Glenorchy thanks to the 2015 MyState Foundation grants initiative.

More than $9,000 was awarded to the Tasmanian Association of Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYC) to run a mobile activity centre for young people living in the Glenorchy area.

Chief executive officer of the Tasmanian Association of PCYC Darren Clark said the association acted as the peak body for all PCYCs in Tasmania and through partnerships with local divisions, aimed to carry out programs that encouraged positive social behaviour and recreational participation in a safe environment.

“The mobile activity centre is part of our ongoing commitment to provide supportive and informative environments for young people, encouraging them to participate in physical and recreational activities that lead to an improved quality of life,” he said.

“The MyState Foundation grant will be used for the running of the mobile activity centre trailer, containing tug-of-war ropes, sports kits and various balls and hoops. “It will travel to locations in the Glenorchy municipality, including parks and schools during after-school hours where barbecue food and fruit will also be provided.”

Mr Clark said it was expected that more than 250 young people between the ages of nine and 16 would directly benefit.

“The activity centre will be targeted to young people who are seen to be at risk of criminal behaviour, truancy, abuse or neglect,” he said.

“The hope is that it becomes an ongoing project to improve the lives of young Tasmanians, as well as offering referrals to other important support services.

“We also hope the wider community will benefit through reduced local crime rates and anti-social behaviour, less disruption when shopping and walking the streets, happier families and a more harmonious community in general.”

The Tasmanian PCYC mobile activity centre is one of 14 successful grant applicants to benefit from more than $106,000 awarded as part of the 2015 MyState Foundation grant initiative.

MyState Foundation chairman Bob Gordon said the Foundation’s mission of nurturing, supporting and advancing the interests of Tasmania’s young people was well represented through the Tasmanian PCYC mobile activity centre initiative.

“The MyState Foundation has been empowering young Tasmanians in every corner of the state for more than 14 years, resulting in more than $1.1 million in grants to more than 80 not-for-profit organisations, for more than 200 initiatives,” he said.

“We are proud to be supporting the Tasmanian Association of PCYC’s mobile activities centre, as well as many other important initiatives that support young Tasmanians looking to develop a brighter, healthier and happier future.”

Applications for the next round of grants will be open in early 2016.

For more information about the MyState Foundation, visit www.mystate.com.au/community.

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