Youth get chance to make changeto make a change
By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ATTENTION bored teenagers, the ball is now in your court.
The Police Citizens Youth Club is looking for a Youth Management Team, and is welcoming any ideas to break the boredom.
Yesterday Sergeant Marcus Cryer said he would provide the contacts, the funds, the venue and the know how, if grade eight to 11 students told him what they want.
'A lot of them are saying there's nothing to do,' Sgt Cryer said.
'This way they give the ideas and we give them everything they need to get going. They make the decisions as a team as to what they're going to do.'
Sgt Cryer said the initiative would also help youngsters pick up a few valuable skills for later in life.
'We'll teach them some of the skills they'll need on the hard road to success, with things like applying for grants and organising events.'
Teams will be established in Gladstone and the Boyne Tannum area.
'There's been a bit of crime down there (Boyne Tannum), so they're obviously bored.
'This is a way of giving them something to do or some ownership of their town so they can discourage others who might be thinking of doing the wrong thing.
'I don't care what they want to do. I've got the contacts, they've just got to want to do it.'
Possible ideas were movie nights, battle of the bands and dances.
'We're also trying to get a skate park for down at Tannum Sands too,' Sgt Cryer said.
'Already BSL have been instrumental with letting us use Kalori House, and we're looking for people to sponsor individuals or teams.'
Sgt Cryer said he was looking for responsible, motivated youths to attend meetings in Gladstone and Boyne Tannum.
A session will be held at Kalori House Tannum Sands at 5pm Tuesday, and Gladstone PCYC on Wednesday at 5pm.