About Us

PCYC NSW is a registered charity with 66 clubs throughout NSW. We work in partnership with community and Police to transform young lives. Our programs and activities empower young people, get kids active in life, and help reduce and prevent youth crime.

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PCYC sees tens of thousands of young people in our clubs every week of the year. We see an urgent and growing need to develop mental resilience skills amongst our youth.

PCYC’s new preventative GRIT program builds mental resilience, by combining physical well-being and nutrition, with emotional and social intelligence skills. 

You can help PCYC’s mental wellness program reach more young people; and thus directly help them build resilience, grit, and an optimistic approach to daily life. Join the PCYC StarJump Challenge today.

Locations

PCYCs are located in 66 rural, regional and metropolitan locations across New South Wales.

100,000 young people

PCYC’s life changing programs and activities connect young people with education, family, culture, employment and community.

85 years

PCYC was established in 1937 by NSW Police and Rotary, and has been actively serving communities around New South Wales for 85 years.

Life changing for youth

PCYC is NSW’s leading youth charity. We work in partnership with community and Police to transform young lives. Our programs and activities empower young people, get kids active in life, and help reduce and prevent youth crime. By doing so, PCYC creates healthier, happier communities.

WHAT IS GRIT?

Prevention is always better than cure. The GRIT (Growth-mindset Resilience Intervention for Teenagers) program operates in the prevention and health promotion space, focusing on building the physical wellbeing, and emotional and social intelligence of young people.
 
An innovative and contemporary 10-week program, GRIT incorporates evidenced based strategies aimed at introducing young people with the skills to cultivate emotional intelligence and resilience to respond with calm and choice to the moments that unfold in their lives. Experienced PCYC GRIT facilitators will guide teens in a safe and inclusive environment through fun physical exercise, creative arts and experiential learning activities to discover:
 
Growth Mind Set – Embracing challenges and seeing failure as an opportunity in a safe inclusive environment. 
Nutritional Learning and Food Adventurism – how all nutrients play a role in brain health and function and how following a healthy pattern of eating is linked with better stress management, improved sleep quality, increased concentration, and better moods and mental wellbeing in general.
Gratitude - positive psychology research indicates that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships
‘Response-Ability’ - how to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they are better able to manage them.
Resilience Building - confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and choice, so that they may reach their full potential.
Positive Social Connections – the power of positive relationships and its effect on wellbeing.
Development of a Self- Care Plan - a post program pathway to self-care.
GRIT Wellness Journal – the power of self- reflection and positive affirmation. 

“PCYC is a safe haven for these kids. They know when they come to the PCYC, there’s going to be someone there that will listen to them, that will care.”
- Gregory Churchill - PCYC Trainer

Greg Churchill PCYC Trainer

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