Course gets kids back on track

Hit me with your best shot: Boxing is popular exercise with Azza, Betty and other Back on Track participants at Mount Druitt PCYC.Picture: Gary WarrickIF THE early start doesn’t wake up these teenagers, the intense fitness workout will.
Nanjing Night Net

By the time they’ve arrived at school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, they’ve already been been awake for three hours — exercised, showered and had breakfast.

Welcome to Back on Track, a pilot program run at Mount Druitt PCYC which is based on the Clean Slate program in Redfern.

It’s targeted at students who are truanting or is used as a reward.

It’s funded through a Proceeds of Crime grant.

A bus picks up participants from home at 6am and drops them off at school at the end of each fitness session with a full stomach and a packed lunch.

Kellogg’s donated the cereal for breakfast.

Participants will reach the halfway mark of the program this week.

Senior Constable David Marriott has seen a boost in self-esteem.

“When we pick them up they’re ready and raring to go which makes us more motivated,” he said.

“The first week was hard but now they’re into a routine all the kids are happy to come along.”

Youth case manager Senior Constable Julius Uru added: “The teachers have seen a change in the kids who’ve opened up and are participating at school. It’s also a chance for the teenagers to interact with police. They realise we’re normal human beings.”

Wednesdays are dedicated to the Renavigating Anger and Guilt Emotions, or RAGE, program. “It shows teenagers how to utilise their anger in a positive way,” Senior Constable Uru said.

It’s hoped Back on Track will continue on a term basis next year.

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