Cowra’s “Fit To Learn” program came to a conclusion on Thursday June 24, with a number of students graduating at a ceremony at the Young Road PCYC. “Fit To Learn” is an initiative of the NSW Police Force under its “Rise Up” program, and is aimed at assisting high school students that are at risk of not completing their education.
It is targeted at students with a school attendance rate of less than 75%, and features modules tailored towards transitioning the students back to school or work. It also seeks to protect students from committing and becoming victims of crime. In Cowra, the program runs at the Young Road PCYC in terms 2 and 4 each year, with students from Cowra, Canowindra and Blayney High Schools graduating last term. Senior Constables Kylie Davies, Youth Case Manager under the local Youth Com-mand, and Karen Courtney, School Liaison Officer, run the program in Cowra.
Snr Cst Davies said the focus for the students was about making the right choices in life.
“We put the students through different modules such as peer pressure, making the right choices, anger management, and goal setting,” she said.
“They also complete their white card and first aid training, as well as ‘Job Ready” training that includes writing resumes and cover letters.”
Last term’s course also featured a sports component and an awards day. Snr Cst Davies said the program was effective because it provided the students a different environment to learn in.
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