Boys to the Bush (BttB) was founded in 2017 by three NSW school teachers who saw too many boys from disadvantaged backgrounds slipping through society’s cracks.
Bttb conduct term-break and long weekend camps, group, school and 1:1 MENtoring programs throughout the year. In a short time BttB has supported thousands of disengaged boys aged 9-22 years in Central West and Riverina NSW, and North East Victoria. Their diverse programs cater for different ages/stages; and BttB are constantly revising and developing programs in consultation with caseworkers, families and individual boys.
BttB uses an unique approach that combines early intervention, diversion and prevention in complex youth, and it works - producing off the scales reintegration/rehabilitation rates of 99.4%. Their ambitious goal - to change the futures of 230,000 high risk youth by 2030 - relies on increasing capacity at our existing locations and establishing one additional regional hub every 18months.
One of the main barriers for disadvantaged kids in rural and remote areas realising their potential is access to transport to get to the activities, experiences and expert help they need to flourish. Currently the BttB expanding program is predominantly delivered by staff using unmarked private vehicles and bus hire to provide our services. Bus hire is a costly and inherently unreliable form of transport, and BttB often miss out on opportunities to take the boys to adhoc events, or call outs for help from local producers doing it tough.
Waratah Education Foundation part funded a new 8 seater minibus, which was but to work instantly.