The Youth & Community Learning Centre (YCLC) is a flexible learning centre situated at 63 Ruthven St, Toowoomba. The centre aims to provide an alternative pathway for young people to re-engage in mainstream schools or to go on to further training or employment.
The centre opened in June 2000 with TCEO funding; Enterprise & Career Education Foundation (ECEF) funding was approved for 12 months in January 2001 and then for a further 12 months in January 2002. Project funds covered the salaries of the program coordinator and other staff, consumables, promotion and marketing costs.
The centre started with seven staff and nine young people; it has now stabilised to 4.5 staff and a maximum enrolment of 20 young people. Initially the centre had an all-Indigenous enrolment but, since 2004, has enrolled non-Indigenous young people. As young people are picked up by the centre’s vehicles each morning, enrolment has always been restricted to the immediate Toowoomba area. Young people must be aged 13-18 years at enrolment.
YCLC is situated in the buildings of the former Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict primary school. This site has been used for several purposes over time:
- 1958-1978: Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School
- 1980-1996: Catholic Education Office Resource Centre and Religious Education Centre
- 1997-June 2000: Storage facility for Toowoomba Diocese and Parishes
- June 2000-present: Youth & Community Learning Centre