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PCYC, Greater Charitable Foundation partnership ‘fit for work’

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A significant partnership between two major organisations will empower youngsters throughout the region to reach their full potential.

PCYC NSW joined forces with the Greater Charitable Foundation on Wednesday 17 April to announce the collaboration, which includes a substantial contribution of $411,096.

The financial assistance will support four Fit for Work (FFW) programs to be delivered in the Hunter and Illawarra over the next two years.

Delivered by PCYC staff, in company with NSW Police and qualified Youth Workers, the initiative enables young people aged 16 to 18 to address disengagement from their family, education and employment.

Successful completion helps diminish and prevent involvement in anti-social behaviour, reduce crime and ultimately leads to work.

“Fit for Work stands as a symbol of hope in the community, addressing the foundational causes of youth disconnection and providing a pathway to a brighter future, filled with the confidence that education brings,” PCYC NSW chief executive officer Ben Hobby said.

“By partnering with the Greater Charitable Foundation, we will now be able to deliver four programs in the Hunter and Illawarra.

“Together, we are not just changing individual lives, we are shaping the fabric of our society moving forward, fostering a rising generation of resilient, skilled and engaged community contributors.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to the Greater Charitable Foundation for its commitment to youth in these regions and for linking hands in true partnership with PCYC to create an elevated future for the community.”

Fit for Work is delivered across a 10-week period in alignment with NSW school terms, where students attend three days per week, participating in various activities such as resume writing, mock interviews, work placement and other education.

It’s designed to ignite confidence and motivation to transition from training to work experience then to full-time employment or apprenticeships.

Greater Charitable Foundation chief executive officer Anne Long said the venture was proud to support the delivery of the program in the Hunter and Illawarra.

“PCYC is such a strong pillar of the community and has a proven track record in providing effective, meaningful initiatives for the community, just like Fit for Work,” she stated.

“The program is all about connecting with young people and giving them the support and guidance to make good decisions for the next stages of life, be it education or joining the workforce.

“Both of these regions have high rates of disengaged youth.

“So, we are pleased to support the delivery of these programs, ensuring they have the tools they need to put their best foot forward in life.

“NSW Youth Week is a time to celebrate the contribution of young people in the community, which is exactly what this partnership is all about.”

For further information about Fit for Work, visit https://www.pcycnsw.org.au/programs

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