12 Apr PCYC BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
A commitment to the development of the Gladstone Region saw representatives from local police, schools, community organisations and groups, business owners, council and government representatives gather at PCYC Gladstone for their first Breakfast of Champions. The initiative aims to help determine needs and highlight emerging concerns around youth and our community.
Organised by Branch Manager of PCYC Gladstone Domenic Richardson and Youth Worker/Community Development Officer, Bec Frost the breakfast saw community members and stakeholders invited to connect and collaborate.
“During the RSVP process, the invitees were asked to identify issues related to the Youth and Community, that they come across within their organisations. We had 50 people RSVP and attend which allowed us to discuss our identified concerns with a great variety of individuals from different organisations,” Ms Frost said. “There were quite a large number of topics identified but the top 5 reoccurring were Youth Mental Health and Well-Being, Domestic and Family Violence and the effects it has on young people involved, Drugs and Alcohol, Social Media and Excessive Online Gaming and Youth Employment and Work Experience Opportunities. Because the highlighted topics were so broad it was a great chance for like-minded and passionate people to come together to voice their concerns around these issues, identify where we can utilise each other’s services and focus on what can be actioned in the near future to start working towards some positive outcomes in these areas.”
Mr Richardson said the Breakfast of Champions event was a great opportunity for PCYC and all stakeholders to connect and collaborate. “The next step for PCYC Gladstone is to reflect and review on the key learnings and share this back with the stakeholders and gain feedback on the value of the event. The ultimate aim is to keep the momentum of the Breakfast alive to continue collaboration and partnerships which benefit our community. Thanks to the enthusiasm and willingness of all the stakeholders and youth representatives who were part of our first Breakfast of Champions,” he added.