Our purpose is to help as many young people who are having a hard time as possible
BackTrack enables young people who have lost their way to reconnect with education and training, become work ready and secure meaningful employment. Most importantly we get young people ‘back on track’ by developing strong, happy & healthy foundations that result in positive life pathways and full participation in their communities.
The majority of the kids we work with are aged between 12 and 19 years of age. They have multiple and complex life challenges and, before BackTrack steps in, are falling through the cracks of society.
By acknowledging their vulnerability and meeting their complex needs, BackTrack helps them overcome their challenges and learn how to chase their hopes and dreams.
As these young people become more resilient, so do the communities they live in.
2020 ANNUAL REPORT
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Back on Track
Written by James Knight, the Back on Track book tells the thought-provoking and heart-warming story of how one man (and his working dogs) provide rural kids, on their last chance, with a second chance.
Read about BackTrack founder, Bernie Shakeshaft’s journey and the inspiring evolution of the BackTrack organisation.
Available in all good bookstores or buy online here
The book, including special edition copies, can also be purchased directly from BackTrack Back on Track book
The Backtrack Boys
Another great resource to find out more about BackTrack is The Backtrack Boys Documentary. Watch the trailer here
Or, follow this link to find out more about how the documentary can be used
in your community to raise awareness about the BackTrack organisation
2019 National Rural Health Alliance Unsung Hero Award – Bernie Shakeshaft
2018 Spera Australian Rural Education Award
Youth Action Awards NSW Youth Service of the Year at the 2018 – Winner
NSW Business Awards State Finalist – Winner
Regional Business Awards State Finalist – Winner
Armidale Regional Business Awards – Excellence in Social Enterprise
ACVPA – Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award
Armidale Regional Youth Awards – Business Zac Craig
Armidale Business Chamber Awards – Community Service of the Year
Regional Development Australian Innovation Awards. Winner: “Research and Education”