The successful early intervention program run by Canberra PCYC, Project Booyah!, is running again in 2019 following a $710,837 grant from the Liberal-National Government to support this life changing program.

Project Booyah aims to holistically address a young person’s disengagement from education and community in order to build resilience and prevent future involvement in antisocial behaviours, substance misuse, self-harm or crime.

Senator Seselja said he was delighted to see Project Booyah! receive new funding through the Early Intervention Stream in Round 3 of the Safer Communities Fund, to continue the program into 2019.

“Having seen the impact the two previous years of this program in the ACT has had on the youth who participated in it, I advocated for funding to be available to continue programs like Project Booyah! with the Minister when the previous grant stream concluded last year.”

“I was privileged to attend the graduation of last years participants, and heard from the young people who went through the program that before beginning Project Booyah!, they saw themselves heading down a path that would likely result in spending time in juvenile detention.”

“At graduation, they no longer felt they had no option but to head down that path. It is incredibly important we as a Government, give all Australians the best chance to thrive in life, and this program delivers that to disadvantage young people in our community,” Senator Seselja said.

The Safer Communities Fund delivers on the Liberal-National Government’s ongoing commitment to keep Australians safe and secure. Only safe communities can be strong and prosperous, and the best way to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is to prevent it happening.

The Early Intervention Stream within Round 3 of Safer Communities provides funding for activity-based youth engagement or crime prevention projects, like Project Booyah!.