TASMANIA'S largest youth organisation is considering opening up a network of childcare centres as part of a major restructure to avoid collapse.
As crucial federal funding remains in doubt, the Police and Community Youth Clubs are undergoing a major restructure to make the organisation less reliant on grants.
PCYC - comprising five clubs plus six smaller country clubs in Tasmania - was awarded $500,000 under the last round of the National Crime Prevention Fund, but the paperwork was not completed before the federal election campaign period.
The new Coalition government is now reviewing the successful applicants.
PCYC interim chief executive Darren Clark said the funding uncertainty reinforced the need to put the organisation on a sustainable footing or face shutting down valuable youth outreach programs.
"The amount of programs and the amount of kids we could get through the door will diminish," Mr Clark said.
Mr Clark said a permanent chief executive and new board would be recruited to establish a new operating model for the PCYC, which is likely to operate similar to the Queensland model.
"We want to develop relationships with the corporate world, we'll look at childcare centres and other ways to broaden our revenue," Mr Clark said.
In Queensland, PCYCs operate before and after-school care on school sites and vacation programs.
The restructuring comes as the national PCYC prepares to launch a campaign to ensure the national Crime Prevention Fund, which uses money from the proceeds of crime, is not scrapped in favour of the Coalition's new Safer Streets program.
Mr Clark said the focus of the Safer Streets program was on CCTV cameras and cracking down on crime, while the Crime Prevention Fund supported outreach programs such as physical exercise and mentoring for disadvantaged young people at risk of committing crimes.
"It's a totally different criteria," Mr Clark said.