A youth program running every Wednesday is providing students with fun activities after school, helping to build positive relationships and reduce youth crime in Morawa. On Wednesday, March 8, Morawa Youth in Emergency Services (YES) program held a laser tag event for the Morawa community when police from Morawa, Mingenew and Perenjori attended the college and played laser tag with the students on the grounds. Students had a sausage sizzle and were given a tour of the Morawa Police Station, shown equipment and told about the officers’ responsibilities in the community. YES was formed in 2022, with Morawa police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and St John WA staff joining forces to provide activities for students from Morawa Agricultural College and Morawa District High School. It was the program’s third event and about 14 regular attendees show up. Morawa police OIC Sergeant Nathan Smith said the aim of the program was to give young people in the community life skills to build on, preparing them for careers and life after school. “The program not only assists with careers but reduces youth crime in the area by building positive relationships with stakeholders in town,” he said. Sgt Smith said he hoped the group could build and looked forward to providing exciting opportunities over the next year. WA College of Agriculture Morawa farm manager Leanne Grant-Williams said there were a lot of safe, fun and engaging activities planned for the students. “In the future we will be looking over Geraldton Marine Rescue and the fire brigade at Morawa,” she said. The program will run until Term 3.