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Drive to the Future

The PCYC Drive to the Future Program ensures that more young drivers are safe and qualified to drive.
In addition, by providing quality instruction and guidance to novice drivers, the program aims to improve overall community safety.

In many 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. As a part of this program, young people are identified locally by the PCYC Centre Manager, in liaison with their local Youth Policing Officers. Drive to the Future is run in partnership with local WA Police teams and where possible Aboriginal organisations.

The program takes young people through the theory, practice and testing required to obtain their driver’s licence. Activities include:

  • Driver education sessions (such as drug/alcohol awareness, defensive driving, and hazard identification/avoidance);
  • Computerised theory test (to obtain Learner’s Permit);
  • Practical driving lessons and supervision;
  • Hazard Perception Test;
  • Further practical driving supervision;
  • Practical Driving Assessment.
I’m much more independent now and I’m so grateful to PCYC for helping me achieve this.
— Cohen Taylor