“We hope the film will inspire communities to take a different approach to working with young people at risk of social exclusion, particularly in rural and regional areas.”
— Filmmaker Cathy Scott
— Filmmaker Cathy Scott
Backtrack Boys documentary highlights many key issues for young people. Rural and regional residents experience higher rates of poverty, housing stress, social isolation, service exclusion and substance abuse. Youth are particularly vulnerable and have a greater chance of falling through the cracks. They are at risk of dropping out of mainstream education and can get caught up in the juvenile justice system.
BackTrack Youth Works is an innovative program that provides tangible outcomes for youth at risk. It keeps kids off the street and out of jail, breaks the cycle of drugs and alcohol and teaches young people to participate in the community. 1000+ kids have participated in the program and crime rates in Armidale have dropped by about 38% (one of only two towns in decline in Australia). It’s a program that presents a real model for other rural towns.
In 2020, bushfires and COVID-19 have accelerated critical youth issues – more young people are finding themselves isolated with restricted access to crucial support services.
Backtrack Boys film has an impact campaign program built around the film to help support young people and the challenges they are facing.
Powerful documentaries like Backtrack Boys can shift public opinion, mobilise support and inspire action and the film can be used as a tool to inspire, educate, fundraise and collaborate!
The films’ impact campaign will:
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Backtrack Boys film can be used as a tool to inspire, educate, fundraise and collaborate!
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Backtrack Boys film shows how a whole-of-community approach to youth issues creates significantly better outcomes for young people.
Our community partners have helped to initiate community-wide conversations, help mobilise support for BackTrack Youth Works and to drive forward grassroots programs in their local areas!
Thank you to all our partners that continue to spread the word.