Funds from a national bushfire relief concert are being reinjected into the Bega Valley through a range of PCYC programs for kids.
Far South Coast PCYC manager Peter Cross said the club had been fortunate to receive a grant from the Fire Fight concert held in February to put towards programs and initiatives for Bega Valley youth.
The money not only allowed PCYC to employ a full-time worker for 2021, but also get a new year-long program off the ground - fittingly called Blast Off.
Blast Off began in the bushfire-affected villages of Bemboka and Cobargo this school term and is designed to reach eight different communities through the year.
However, if it proves successful enough, Mr Cross said there could be an opportunity to extend it to three years instead of one.
The program is run by newly employed case manager Julia Willson, who said Blast Off offered free recreational activities for kids aged 10-17 such as soccer and boxing, as well as incorporating some mindfulness exercises.
This includes encouraging the kids to feel gratitude and build each other up.
Ms Willson said the program was created for several reasons - the lack of recreational activities for youth in regional areas, getting kids off their screens to connect with each other, and to come together to have a good time outdoors.
She said there had already been wonderful feedback from the youth
"One of the kids said to me 'this is awesome for us at Cobargo because we've got nothing to do'," Ms Willson said.
PCYC will also be running some community fun days in the future and they won't be just for kids but for the whole community with the aim of bringing everyone together.
"Which is what people kind of need," Mr Cross said.
Mr Cross also said that if anyone in the community had good ideas of youth-focused activities for the 10-17-year bracket that they were open to listening.
"We're here to support, come along," Mr Cross said.
Blast Off is being run Thursdays at the Bemboka Public School oval and Tuesdays at the Cobargo Public School oval, both from 4.30-6pm.