FOR THE BOYS: Peter Lea hands over a cheque to help fund the Building Bridges program to headspace youth worker, Gary Maher and Mick Bettison from PCYC’s Youth on the Go.
FOR THE BOYS: Peter Lea hands over a cheque to help fund the Building Bridges program to headspace youth worker, Gary Maher and Mick Bettison from PCYC’s Youth on the Go.

Bridges to keep boys at school

BOYS at risk of leaving school without completing their education will be targeted in a new scheme which represents the rekindling of a relationship between three youth services.

The Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre, headspace MNC and PCYC Coffs Harbour are coming together for a Building Bridges program aimed at boys aged 12 to 16.

According to Peter Lea from the Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre a $10,000 grant will allow the mentoring program to run one afternoon a week for the entire school year.

“Participants will learn carpentry at the Boatshed in Nambucca Heads which operates as a ‘Men’s Shed’ for younger men,” Mr Lea said.

“While developing skills and producing items, they will also learn about vocational possibilities and health issues around the use of alcohol and other drugs.

“He said speakers will canvas issues ranging from the effects of alcohol on physical and mental health to safe partying, the deadly combination of alcohol, driving and crime and career opportunities in construction, carpentry and joinery.”

Mr Lea said youth workers act as teachers and mentors for the boys and lead informal discussions around drug and alcohol issues, peer pressure, conflict, anger, and relationships, as well as offering career guidance.



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