TASMANIAN ASSOCIATION OF PCYC INC.

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Mission and Strategic Goals

 

Introduction

 

The PCYC movement commenced in Tasmania in 1946.  Whilst the name we call ourselves and the language which we use to describe what we do has changed in that time, the reason for our existence has remained constant:  to reduce crime by providing positive relationships between young people and police.  That job could not be possible without the voluntary contribution to PCYC by members of the community.  Successful PCYCs will contain three elements:  young people who want to be involved in the club, strong community support, and involvement from police officers.

 

Often, whilst carrying on with their crime reduction function, PCYCs generate other benefits.  PCYCs provide opportunities for young people.  They contribute to community fabric.

 

This strategic directions statement is designed to provide a reminder to clubs about their core business.  The strategies are designed to complement the Tasmania Police Children and Young Persons Strategic Plan 2004-2007.

 

Mission

 

PCYC’s mission is to provide low cost, positive, sporting, recreational, social and cultural programs in a safe environment primarily for ‘at risk’ youth.  

 

Vision

 

PCYC’s vision is to be widely recognised in the community as:

 

A professional provider of quality programs

for the benefit of youth and the Tasmanian community,

 

A significant contributor to a reduction of the involvement

of young people in dangerous or anti-social activities,

 

A significant contributor to a reduction of the involvement

of young people in criminal activity, and

 

A conduit for increased levels of communication

understanding and mutual respect between police

young people and the Tasmanian community.

 

Strategic Objectives

 

To strengthen positive relationships between

young people, the community and police

 

To create safe environments for young people

 

To promote community awareness of PCYC

 

Objective 1 - To strengthen positive relationships

between young people, the community and police

 

PCYC will:

 

Provide activities which

 

•  Young people want

 

• Are safe

 

• Are diverse

 

• Reduce risk taking

 

• Reduce anti-social behaviour

 

• Create educational and employment opportunities

 

• Increase interaction with police in a non-confrontational environment

 

• Showcase the skills, abilities and attributes of young people in the community

 

  • Encourage active participation by police officers in PCYC activities and programs

 

• Include representatives from local government, community organisations and police on PCYC management committees

 

 • Develop, implement and contribute to early intervention strategies

 

• Create stronger links with youth services officers and youth justice management

 

Objective 2 – To create safe environments for young people

PCYC will:

 

•Develop and implement effective risk management processes

 

• Instruct club staff and volunteers in aspects of

the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1997

 

• Promote safety strategies via the Child Safety Handbook

 

• Advocate safety issues for young people with organisations

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• Make our clubs a place for young people to belong

 

• Promote the self esteem of young people to increase their resilience

 

• Train staff to recognise risk factors and make appropriate referrals

 

 • Promote and support activities which are drug and alcohol free

 

• Ensure staff have a suitable level of knowledge of OHS issues,

first aid, risk and hazard identification

 

• Ensure equipment and facilities are safe

 

Objective 3 – To promote community awareness of PCYC

 

PCYC will:

 

* Encourage community involvement in PCYC

 

* Make PCYC facilities available for community use

 

* Identify and facilitate opportunities for positive media exposure

 

* Identify and facilitate opportunities for corporate sponsorship and attracting governments funding grants

 

* Recognise and promote positive role models from within the PCYC movement

 

* Promote the PCYC logo