PCYC breaks the cycle of disadvantage
Published: June 26, 2020 12:00am
18-year-old Imran passes his driving test with flying colours thanks to the Broome PCYC Drive to the Future Program. In Western Australian remote and regional towns, the only way to get to work is by car. So being able to drive is crucial. Unfortunately, getting a licence to drive is an expensive process, often out of reach for many young people. Thus, affecting their ability to gain employment and break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage. Imran is among 20 young people over the last 18 months who have been referred to the Drive to the Future program by the Western Australia Police Force. Annie Dann, Broome Centre Manager, said, “The program is vital for young people in Broome, not only to get them driving safely on the road, but to give them the opportunity to gain employment in the community.” The PCYC ‘Drive to the Future’ Program takes young people through the theory, practice and testing required to obtain their driver’s licence. Funded by the Australian Government, this core program is delivered at six PCYC Centres across the state. The impact of young people like Imran gaining their driving licence can’t be underestimated. Not only does it give young people at-risk the independence to get a job and break away from challenging home environments, but more importantly, it helps break the cycle of disadvantage long term.