Cowra PCYC is launching its Breakfast Boxing program again with the help of Wahlan Warriors’ Harry Wedge and George Coe, in an effort to reduce crime in Cowra and prevent young offenders from entering juvenile detention.
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On Monday, Member for Riverina Michael McCormack was on hand at Cowra’s PCYC to witness how the program works, while speaking with the Wahlan Warriors, PCYC manager Stewart Mead and Cowra Police youth case manager Janine Robinson.
Established by the town’s youth case managers, the eight week program facilitated by the Wahlan Warriors will involve about 10 young offenders or youth at risk taking part in boxing fitness classes and being provided breakfast before going to school.
PCYC manager Stewart Mead was pleased to welcome Michael McCormack, the government’s small business minister, and speak to him about hopes of securing government funding to operate the program for 12 months of the year.
“They’ve [youth case managers] seen great results in terms of improved school attendance, focus during the day and engagement with the kids within the program,” PCYC’s Stewart Mead said of the Breakfast Boxing program before talking about potential funding.
“We’ve sat down and done a cost estimate in terms of two facilitators and breakfast for a year and we’re looking at about 10 to 15 thousand dollars a year.
“If we can stop two kids from going on to juvenile detention we’re potentially saving $500,000 a year,” he said.
Harry Wedge of the Wahlan Warriors said the program is about learning discipline, keeping fit and connecting with others.
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