Kylie O'Donnell and Sharon Dickson

Rockhampton's PCYC's youth workers Kylie O'Donnell and Sharon Dickson are working with local Indigenous youth to help them make healthier and positive life choices.

The Get Set for Work and Yacca programs inspire disengaged youth to enter the workforce, start a traineeship or return to education by increasing their confidence and encouraging them to believe in themselves.

"These programs are all about getting Indigenous youth to develop a more positive outlook on life by pushing themselves out of their comfort zone and realising that while it might seem scary, it wasn't so bad," Ms O'Donnell said.

"Overcoming that fear is so important so we celebrate their achievements as it helps improve their coping skills and develops life skills.

"The program participants are aged between 15 and 17 years old so we provide opportunities for them to learn from each other to help them believe in themselves.

"We want to help these kids break free from bad patterns so we also look at how to create healthy bodies through good nutrition and develop positive body image and relationships."

Ms Dickson said the Get Set for Work program had significantly impacted the local community.

"In the 10 years the program has been running, we've helped young people improve their lives, their families lives, and in turn, the overall Rockhampton community," she said.

"The PCYC is the only youth facility in the area that offers kids somewhere to go from 9am to 2pm, Monday to Thursday, during the school term.

"It's fantastic to see these kids achieve - from securing a position at TAFE, to starting their first job, or just holding their head a littler higher. That's what makes all the hard work so worthwhile."

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