Project Booyah expands horizons of youth across Queensland

Published:17 April 2018

Project Booyah participants recently hosted a coffee van at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and were visited by the Commissioner of Police Ian Stewart and Minister for Police Mark Ryan. Below: The Townsville cohort recently started their studies in hospitality.

The youth intervention program Project Booyah continues to provide life-changing opportunities to Queensland’s youth, with one group putting their hospitality skills to the test at the recent Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Project Booyah is a joint youth intervention project between CQUni, Queensland Police, the Police Citizens Youth Club and the Queensland Government, providing at-risk youth with hospitality training. The QPS led program is partnering with CQUni to deliver a Certificate II in hospitality to participants.

In the two years since the partnership between the QPS and CQUni began, Booyah has expanded to deliver from nine locations across the state, including Cairns, Townsville, several in South-East Queensland and now Mt. Isa.

Recently a group of Booyah students hosted a coffee van at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Hospitality Teacher Tony Romano said the students were even visited by the Queensland Police Minister the Hon. Mark Ryan and Commissioner for Police Ian Stewart.

“The Booyah coffee van was very busy providing army, police, navy and security personnel with their coffee at the Games,” Tony said.

Rockhampton Hospitality Teacher Charlie Jensen recently visited the locations in Far North Queensland to welcome new teacher Vanessa King and her cohort.

“The sites (in Cairns and Townsville) are amazing, again utilising our partnership with PCYC, Edmonton PCYC for Cairns classes and the Townsville Library, where we have the live Booyah Café to teach our skills and complete our services,” she said.

“To top this off our Redcliffe teacher has also launched our Mt Isa cohort, and is teaching both classes Redcliffe and Mt Isa.”

Last year a total of 55 Booyah participants across the state completed the program and graduated with a Certificate II in Hospitality.