They end up hanging around in parks, stealing for food, sleeping on the streets, and running into trouble with the cops. The large majority of kids who have been in jail will go back to jail.
BackTrack is often their last resort for claiming and living a decent, happy life.
The way we will meet our mission and expand BackTrack is not by adding more kids to the existing program and services in Armidale, but by establishing BackTrack hubs in key areas across regional Australia.
We call this "BackTrack Everywhere", and it's what we are aiming for and where we are aiming to be.
The BackTrack program helps young folk to “get back on track”. And we have an 87% success rate when it comes to getting kids back into education, training, and employment.
But real program success is seeing the change in the kids. After being told, “You’re no fucking good” their whole lives, kids arrive at BackTrack barely able to look you in the eye. Then our program starts to kick in. Kids start showing how resilient and brilliant they really are.
School is a structured education system. Some kids just can’t sit at a desk in a classroom for six hours a day. They start mucking around in class. Eventually they cop a school suspension. They fall behind in their work. When they return to school they muck around even more.
Soon they mouth off and start hanging around town instead of going to school, just doing whatever they want. They get kicked out of school. Mum’s in jail and dad doesn’t give a shit, so they don’t go home. Instead they couch surf or live out on the streets.
So, this kid isn’t at school, isn’t in any form of training, and isn’t working (he’s only 13 years old). He’s just hanging around and making mischief. Where does he go? What does he do?
There are the kids society has pushed aside and given up on. Many end up in jail at an enormous cost to the tax payer and with little hope in life.
BackTrack is working to fill this gap in the system. We help these young folk pick up, move forward and achieve their hopes and dreams. And we teach them the work and life skills they need to get there. Any support you can give us is hugely appreciated
Make an investment in the future of Australian kids that others have given up on. Support BackTrack and we will never give up on the kids we work with.