Gosnells PCYC taking steps in the right direction with new program

Kye Allen is studying again and hopes to join the army. Picture: Matt Jelonek                 d458976
Kye Allen is studying again and hopes to join the army. Picture: Matt Jelonek d458976

KYE Allen is getting his education studies back on track by going through Gosnells PCYC Project Stepping Stones.

He originally dropped out of school due to being a victim of domestic violence at home in 2014.

In March this year he became a participant in Project Stepping Stones, which is an alternate education program delivered in partnership with the Department of Education and Centacare Employment and Training.

The program is currently only run at the Gosnells PCYC.

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Kye was invited by SBS TV show Insight to participate in a forum where he provided his first-hand point of view on why youth are not getting the best possible numeracy and literacy teaching.

He said teachers were finding it hard to help him out as he spent so much time away from school and had fallen behind.

“I was struggling through school because I had other things on my mind about problems at home,” he said.

“It has been better since I got here.

“My reading wasn’t that good and my writing was bad.”

The 16-year-old is a victim of domestic violence and with all the troubles happening at home, it was starting to affect his school life.

He was skipping school, getting into trouble and even got suspended.

“I was wagging and skipping school heaps and got suspended twice,” Kye said. “It’s improving heaps.

“A lot of my other friends were smart and had parents with money and my family didn’t have the money to get help.”

Kye said he wanted to join the army when he finished with the Gosnells PCYC.

Gosnells PCYC centre manager Jackie Abbott said there was anywhere between nine and 17 students in a class at a time in Project Stepping Stones.

“This gives them the basic skills to go into other certified training,” she said.

“It takes as long as it takes.”

Students could then go on to Tafe or enter the workforce.

The program also caters for students who may need help for things such as simple as getting their driver’s licence or identification card.