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Project Booyah graduates aspire to new paths in life

Project Booyah graduates aspire to new paths in life

Published:07 December 2017

Dozens of young men have graduated from the Project Booyah program in Cairns,Townsville, the Gold Coast, Rockhampton and Brisbane this week. A joint initiative between Queensland Police, PCYC, CQUni, and the Queensland Government, Booyah is transforming the lives of at-risk youth through Hospitality training.

A joint training program between the Queensland Police and CQUniversity has once again steered dozens of the state’s troubled young men and women on a path to a better future.

Project Booyah for 2017 drew to a close this week with a series of graduation ceremonies in Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville, the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

The six-month program, which is in its second year, provides at-risk teenagers vocational training in hospitality and various life skills experiences, giving them the chance to change their focus and “choose the right path.”

At the graduations, each student was presented with a Certificate II in Hospitality qualification from CQUniversity.

Since starting in Rockhampton in 2016, the success of Project Booyah has seen its expansion into other parts of the state.

At the Rockhampton event, CQUniversity Dean of Education and the Arts Dr Bill Blayney urged the graduates to stay on the right path and to continue with their studies.

One of the graduating students at the Rockhampton ceremony Chaney Dakin, said he was happy to have graduated.

“I’m glad to have put in the effort,” he said.

“Six months ago I was getting in trouble with the police and failing school.

“The training part was easy, making new friends was the hardest part.”

Chaney said he now plans to take on training to become an electrician.

His mother Kellie said before Booyah, Chaney had no interest in contributing to society and was on a “self-destructive path”.

“He’s changed – we’ve had a few hiccups along the way – but now he’s at home and wants to do something with his life,” she said.

“Booyah is very important to society because it’s creating futures and giving these young people direction.”