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BackTrack – Helping Youth at Risk

Mission:  To help as many young people having a hard time as possible

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Paws Up

Paws Up has developed into a highly successful dog high jumping team that travels regularly throughout New South Wales and interstate. Through the dogs young people connect with others and build trust, learn self-discipline while

Ag Lads

AgLads was developed to address our region’s growing trade and agricultural skills shortages. The demand for work ready crews continues to grow as many producers see value in both the productivity and social outcomes

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Ironman Welder

Iron Man Welders has developed a fully operational welding workshop based at a former Shire Council workshop on Waterfall Way. Participants undertake courses at Cert II level in Metals and Engineering,

Our Awards

Our programs and our team members have been recognised for their hard work and effectiveness. See the awards we’ve received…


Research conducted by University of New England

The University of New England's (UNE) latest blog includes several articles which relate to BackTrack:  LINK Associate Professor Myfanwy Maple is an expert on suicide prevention and focuses on the aspects of increasing resilience within individuals and within the...

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AgLads get Chainsaw Certification

A group of AgLads boys recently conducted training with Armidale Rural Skills TAFE and obtained their certification in chainsaw operations. With winter just around the corner, we know these skills will be put to great use cutting and selling firewood. The Greater...

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BackTrack named State Youth Service of the Year

Armidale’s BackTrack youth organisation was named the Youth Service of the Year at the NSW Youth Work Awards in Sydney last night. Founder Bernie Shakeshaft received the prestigious award from NSW Minister for Disability, Ageing and Multiculturalism John Agaka at a...

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Tracking Forward

"Tracking Forward" - Dinner and presentation evening held at Armidale City Bowling Club on 25th September '15 following the 2 months that Bernie Shakeshaft has been examining youth programs and alternative funding models in United States, Canada and Italy.  Bernie...

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Armidale Bowling Club
Armidale Central Rotary Club
Armidale Lions Club
Armidale North Rotary Club
Armidale Regional Council
Armitage & Buckley
Australian Settlements Ltd
Chappell Foundation
Clayton Utz
Country Women’s Association Armidale
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Future 2 Foundation
Gourlay Charitable Trust
Greater Bank
Homes North
Jobs Australia Enterprises
Joseph Varga Holdings Pty Ltd
North Hill Veterinary Clinic
Oorala Centre
Police Citizens Youth Club
Regional Australia Bank
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Scully Foundation
Social Ventures Australia
The Food Shed
The Funding Network
The Kimberley Foundation
Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Walter and Eliza Hall Trust
Yulgilbar Foundation

Tyron’s Story

By Year 9 Tyron was constantly suspended from school and in trouble with the law. In Year 10, everything turned around with a School Based Traineeship run by BackTrack. Tyron has completed his Cert II in Primary Industries and Metals Engineering and is the first in 3 generations to have a HSC. Tyron now has real employment prospects.

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