BackTrack Youth Works, developed by former Gunnedah youthworker, Bernie Shakeshaft, has taken out the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Research and Education category at the 2015 Northern Inland Innovation Awards.
Mr Shakeshaft still has a close association with Gunnedah after expanding the operation to the Somerton area by setting up a similar operation on Trelawney, an Indigenous Lands Corporation farm at Somerton.
BackTrack Youth Works provides an innovative interventionist and alternative education and training pathway for marginalised and disadvantaged youth.
Today, BackTrack operates full-time, with some government assistance.
Among the recent innovations are BackTrack’s school, and partnerships that make BackTrack possible and even lead to additional income streams.
More than 500 young people have participated in BackTrack programs and 87 per cent of them have gone on to employment, further education or training.