TRIP OF LIFE­TIME FOR YOUTH

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MEET­ING some of the NRL’s best cur­rent and past play­ers was one of the high­lights of a trip for a group of St Ge­orge young­sters.

St Ge­orge po­lice took the group who had been in­volved in their Youth En­gage­ment Pro­gram on the overnight stay to Bris­bane.

A GROUP of St Ge­orge youth have had the chance to get up close and per­sonal to NRL greats at a re­cent trip to Bris­bane.

The St Ge­orge po­lice took a group of young peo­ple who had been in­volved in their Youth En­gage­ment Pro­gram (SGYEP) through­out the year on the overnight trip.

The SGYEP is a re­silience and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment pro­gram tar­geted at “at risk” youth from within the St Ge­orge and sur­round­ing area.

The pro­gram en­gages with “at risk” youth to im­prove self-es­teem, cre­ate a sense of pur­pose and gen­er­ate a learn­ing cul­ture by pro­vid­ing life skills and ex­er­cises for per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

To be able to come on the trip, the kids had to have high be­havioural stan­dards and no sus­pen­sions or ex­clu­sion from school dur­ing terms two and three.

As a group, they at­tended the Bris­bane Bron­cos v St Ge­orge Illawarra Dragons game at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

They were treated to a VIP tour of the fa­cil­i­ties and got to meet play­ers and re­tired NRL stars.

The trip was pos­si­ble thanks to a fund­ing from a Sun­corp Safer Com­mu­nity Grant.

Se­nior Sergeant Paul Tabrett said for the small ru­ral com­mu­nity, the project and the trip was a big thing.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

RE­WARDED: The St Ge­orge po­lice took young peo­ple who had been in­volved in their Youth En­gage­ment Pro­gram (SGYEP) to Bris­bane.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

YOUTH TRIP: The St Ge­orge po­lice took young peo­ple who had been in­volved in their Youth En­gage­ment Pro­gram (SGYEP) to Bris­bane.

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