TRACTION empowers young people in need and whilst it's been a privilege to support 528 participants since we started in July 2015, it's the outcomes of the program that are most promising.
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The Victoria Point Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank have teamed up with community youth mentoring program TRACTION to provide ongoing funding for students from Cleveland District State High School.
Bendigo Bank have provided an ongoing donation of $1000 per term for students of Cleveland District High School to participate in the TRACTION program.
TRACTION is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation which provides an alternative, action-based learning environment for youths, allowing them to realise their full potential outside of the classroom.
Garry White, a director of Victoria Point Community Bank branch said the funding had been offered exclusively for the benefit of Cleveland District State High School (CDSHS) students.
“We have been impressed with CDSHS’s commitment to inclusion and the support it provides in particular for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students and wanted to further assist,” Mr White said.
“As a Community Bank which is dedicated to feeding into prosperity rather than feeding from it, we thought TRACTION was the perfect organisation to support. TRACTION really nurture people, so when they approached us seeking assistance for the students we were thrilled. We admire the work that CDSHS does and decided to fund their participation in the TRACTION program exclusively.”
The TRACTION program enables participants to restore, repurpose or customise bicycles and motorbikes while developing lifelong skills, experience and confidence across a wide range of disciplines.
Verena Pohlner, behaviour support teacher for CDSHS, said the TRACTION program would offer a range of benefits for participating students.
“We find that by changing the environment, activity and peer group, students become more open to change in themselves,” Ms Pohlner said.
“Students enjoy the process of making their own creative decisions and experience an increase in self esteem. We start to see them develop the confidence to consider other personal decisions, including those that will positively impact their future. What makes a real difference at TRACTION is the opportunity to meet adult mentors in a different setting which helps students reflect on their choices and actions. The program has caused a lot of excitement in our school and I already have students lining up for the chance to get involved,” she said.
While the TRACTION program is centred on the restoration, repurposing or customisation of bikes, TRACTION also offers young people experience in a workplace-like setting and the chance to explore various disciplines like project management, communication, team leadership and workplace safety.
TRACTION founder Sandy Murdoch said he was thrilled to have the support of Bendigo Bank and is looking forward to working with the Cleveland District High School students.
“Our aim is to help as many young people in our local community as we can, so to have this funding support from Bendigo Bank is exciting,” Mr Murdoch said.
“We’re very grateful for the vote of confidence from Bendigo Bank and to have this opportunity to make a positive impact in our community.”
TRACTION is continuously looking to grow and expand its initiatives and program offerings and appreciates any community support.
After 2 years of students travelling to and from Brisbane to participate in TRACTION, the Scenic Rim will soon be home to its own TRACTION workshop.
Students from Beaudesert High School, Flagstone State Community College and Emmaus College have already participated in TRACTION at its Moorooka workshop.
The workshop will kick off in July with students from Beaudesert High School comprising the first group. The opportunity to participate in TRACTION will also be open to young people from other schools and community groups.
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So grateful to Channel 10 for featuring TRACTION on this episode of "Totally Wild", shot in term 1 of 2018.
The TRACTION segment starts at the 17 minute, 21 second mark.
Thank you to the show host Arika and Shane and Richard for the sound and camera wizardry. The TRACTION team and participants from Alexandra Hills High School had great fun hosting you in the workshop!
The episode can be seen in full at: https://tenplay.com.au/channel-eleven/totally-wild/season-25/episode-55
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The PM took the time to meet the TRACTION participants, talk with them about their progress in the program and was presented with a TRACTION T-shirt and cap as a gesture of thanks. He even posed for some selfies with the TRACTION crew!
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A program where children will learn about electronics and fabricate their own Bluetooth-enabled speakers made from recycled e-waste will be able to run a pilot thanks to a $10,000 grant awarded by the CUA branch in Capalaba.
TRACTION’s Boom Box Youth Engagement program is the latest initiative designed to empower young people in need, helping them discover their talents and create their own future, from the Brisbane charity run under the auspices of the Briswest Care Association. As an alternative learning program, it’s designed to engage students who experience multiple barriers to education.
TRACTION was selected by a local judging panel comprising local business, community and CUA representatives, including Stephanie Morris from the Chamber of Commerce and Jason Fiddes, Pastor at the Gateway Baptist Church.
It was one of 19 community organisations in the Redlands community that applied for a grant from CUA Capalaba, as part of CUA’s Mutual Good Community Grants Program. Under the program, grassroots not-for-profit organisations with big ideas for improving the quality of life of socially disadvantaged Australians were encouraged to apply for a share in almost $200,000 in funding being offered through CUA branches across Australia.
CUA Capalaba branch manager Barbara Arnall presented TRACTION founder and program director Sandy Murdoch with the funds at a special presentation on Wednesday.
Mr Murdoch said the program came about due to TRACTION’s ongoing liaison with its 20 partner schools in the region where it identified a high level need for more practical and innovative ways to engage students who experience multiple barriers to education that often see them “falling through the cracks.”
“We’re thrilled to accept this CUA Mutual Good Community Grant,” Mr Murdoch said.
“With these funds, we can develop the curriculum and deliver a new TRACTION experience called the ‘Boom Box’ program, which will see participants learn about electronics and fabricate their own Bluetooth-enabled speakers made from old army ammunition boxes, recycled e-waste and 3D-printed components,” he said.
“We look forward to delivering this exciting new program which will join our very successful Bicycle Build and Small Engines programs.”
CUA Capalaba is one of 19 CUA branches across Australia offering grants in this second round of the program. Mrs Arnall said the grant application process highlighted the great work being done by not-for-profit and community organisations in the Redlands area.
“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to award this grant to TRACTION, which provides young people in our community the opportunity to reach their full potential,” Mrs Arnall said.
“The Mutual Good Community Grants Program is an example of how CUA works together with our members for mutual good. By collaborating with local organisations, we can help build a stronger community for everyone.”
TRACTION delivered its second 1-day Bike Build workshop at Yarrabilba on Friday 4th May for 6 young people from the local community. Part of a series of 3 workshops made possible through a community development grant from Lend Lease and Bendigo Bank, the workshop once again provided the chance for participants to have fun whilst learning new skills and making new friends.
Yarrabilba is a new masterplanned residential community in the Logan region that will ultimately be home for 50,000 residents. Significant investment is being made into infrastructure like schools and community sporting facilities.
The TRACTION workshop provided an experience that the participants will never forget. Not only did the participants learn about bikes, they built practical and life skills in a work-like environment.
Special thanks to TRACTION Mentors Karl and Jay for leading the day and supporting the participants as they built their Academy BMX bikes.
The 3rd of the series of workshops will be held on 15th June. Click the button below to register.
Click HERE to read more about the 1st workshop.
Thank you to stall holders and members of the public who attended the 3rd Brisbane Bicycle Swap Meet, held by TRACTION on 28th April at West End.
The meet was held as part of Bicycle Queensland's "Bike Week" event and was supported by Brisbane City Council's award-winning "Cycling Brisbane" program.
The swap meets provide the chance for the Brisbane cycling enthusiast community to come together to share all types of bicycles and bike parts. They also help raise much needed funds for TRACTION helping it in its mission to empower young people in need. Stall holder fees and gold coin entry fees are donated to TRACTION.
Special thanks to Richard and other TRACTION mentors for organising the event and for Pensar (The Infrastructure People) - long time supporter of TRACTION, for allowing the swap meet to be held in their car park at West End.
TRACTION intends holding 3 swap meets this year, so to keep in the loop, please follow @bnebicycleswap on Facebook.
TRACTION was delighted to cater for the crew at the "BMX Balance" coaching clinic held at the Centenary Plains BMX Club on 14th April. The coaches comprised some of the world's best BMX riders including Olympic gold medallist Connor Fields, Khalen Young, Warwick Stevenson, Tony Harvey, Jamie Gary, Trent Jones, Brett Scruse and Bruce Morris. The team of coaches were wonderful role models and generous with their time.
Thanks to Bruce and the team that organised and delivered the event. It was a wonderful opportunity for riders aged 8 - 16 years to develop their skills is a supportive environment.
A highlight of the day for the TRACTION team was seeing Matthew, former TRACTION participant, involved in his first ever BMX coaching clinic. He loved it and is joining the club to get involved in BMX riding and racing. He even got to meet and grab a photo with Connor Fields.
Whilst TRACTION's job was to keep the riders and coaches fed and watered, the TRACTION team also had a blast on the pump track!