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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

A PRO­GRAM teach­ing young of­fend­ers how to drive re­ceived a gen­er­ous Lot­tery­west grant at a pre­sen­ta­tion in Cloverdale on Tues­day.

Drive to the Fu­ture re­ceived $136,000, which will be used to buy a sec­ond mo­bile drive unit to ex­pand the pro­gram into re­gional ar­eas.

Re­gional man­agers will be pro­vided with iPads for flex­i­ble, on-the-go train­ing.

Fund­ing will also go to re­pair­ing a driv­ing sim­u­la­tor.

The pro­gram reaches more than 80 par­tic­i­pants per month.

Pre­sent­ing the grant at the PCYC Bel­mont head­quar­ters, Youth Min­is­ter Paul Miles said the Drive to the Fu­ture pro­gram had been in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful, re­sult­ing in de­creased crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, en­hanced em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, re­duced anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and had im­proved the self-es­teem, con­fi­dence and self-worth of par­tic­i­pants.

In­spec­tor Greg Young, PCYC pres­i­dent Sue Gor­don, PCYC chief ex­ec­u­tive John Gille­spie, Youth Min­is­ter Paul Miles and Bel­mont MLA Glenys God­frey ac­cept the Lot­tery­west grant.

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