The Debutante program is facilitated in direct partnership with local NSW Police enforcement, primarily to engage with eligible Aboriginal, women aged 16-25 years.
The continued purpose of this program is to close the historical gap between the Aboriginal community and the NSW Police Force by providing the Police, the program participants and their families with an opportunity to positively engage with their local Police force in a safe and supportive environment.
The program also provides opportunities to develop and nurture self-confidence amongst the young women participating and expand their social and community networks.
Over the course of eight weeks from April through to July, the Debutantes and their Police partners learn a dance to perform on the night of the event taught by a professional ballroom dance instructor.
Dance lessons occur weekly on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon from 4pm to 5pm and are held at the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), providing a safe space for our participants and their partners to establish positive relationships and strengthen connections within their local community. Over 150 guests attend the closing event consisting of KARI and Police dignitaries, families of the debutantes and fellow members of the local community.