Shannon Wierobiej, newly appointed Kalgoorlie PCYC Centre Manager, believes she has an important role to fill in nurturing young people within the community.
Shannon started working part time at Kalgoorlie PCYC, as the administration and recreation coordinator, and said it was definitely an ‘eye opener’.
After her appointment as Centre Manager, she was determined to finish what her predecessor, Brian Enad had started, as he had done so much for the centre, the young people in Kalgoorlie and the wider community.
“I think it is very important. It is important for the youth to have somewhere to go and it is important for the families to have some support as well.”
Shannon hoped Kalgoorlie PCYC can see upgrade to the outdoor to accommodate half-court basketball, and a community garden t compliment the cooking program.
“The young people are learning life skills and we are trying to put education skills into it so it’s not just playing while they are here, they are actually learning things as well,” she said.
“Just seeing the difference it makes to the kids and their smiling faces — they are so happy to be here and it makes me feel good to know they are loving the centre and getting so much out of it as well.”
Kalgoorlie PCYC has seen great success in the Safe Space program, funded by the Department for Prime Minister & Cabinet, which has been attracting 55-60 children four nights a week. The program not only provides a safe place for young people to ‘hang out’ but goes further in fulfilling an important function in the community.
“I think it’s important for the community to have somewhere where they know their kids are safe and they can just come here and hang out,” she said.
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