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.
BackTrack is a not-for-profit outfit that works with kids (aged mostly between 12-18) who are having a hard time, and who would otherwise fall through the cracks .
They end up hanging around in parks, stealing for food, sleeping on the streets, and running into trouble with the cops. And the juvenile justice system is a trap. 78% of the 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 BackTrack program helps young folk to “get back on track”. And we have a 87% success rate when it comes to education, training, and employment. But real program success for us is seeing the change in the kids. After being told, “You’re no fucking good” their whole lives, when they first arrive at BackTrack they can hardly look you in the eye. Then as our program starts to kick in, they start showing how resilient and brilliant they really are.
Take the 5% of kids society has given up on: this is a large proportion of our start-up team. We fill this gap in the system by helping 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.
School is a structured education system. Some kids just can’t sit at a desk in a classroom for six hours a day. And so they start mucking around in class. Eventually they cop a school suspension. They fall behind in their work, and so 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 every 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. They steal money to buy food and stuff. They get caught by the cops, they end they up front of the Magistrate, and they do time in Juvenile Detention (that’s what they call “jail” for young people). And 78% of the time they will reoffend.
So, this kid isn’t at school, isn’t at TAFE, and isn’t working (because he’s only 13 years old). He’s just hanging around and making mischief. Where does he go? What does he do?
These kids are the 5% society has pushed aside and given up on. These are the kids with a tattoo on their forehead that says, “No Fucking Good”. And so they end up either in jail (at a taxpayer costs of $260,000 p.a. ), or at BackTrack.
BackTrack starts with this gap in the system, and our job is to scrub that tattoo off their foreheads.
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.