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YOUTH mentoring program TRACTION has proven both effective and inspirational for five students in grade eight from Yeronga State High School.
The students are recent graduates of the TRACTION Bicycle Build program and have all indicated an eagerness to develop further skills following their recent experience with the not-for-profit community initiative.
Their skills will be further developed in the TRACTION Small Engines program, which will run during term four of 2017 at Traction’s Moorooka workshop.
Yeronga State High School Head of Department of Junior Secondary Matthew Petersen said the students are influenced by the hands-on approach TRACTION presents, as well as the sense of achievement they get from seeing a project through from start to finish.
“Students gain a sense of pride in their work as they see a project through from conception to completion,” Mr Petersen said.
“It builds resilience in students and shows them that results require hard and sometimes repetitious work.”
Mr Petersen said the students have adapted the skills of teamwork, communication, persistence, concentration, pride in work and social engagement from the TRACTION program.
“The students present themselves more maturely and can discuss their progress on a different level, which leads to more meaningful discussions around goal setting and classroom growth,” he said.
“I am hoping students participating in the Small Engines program will get a stronger sense of the importance of concentrating on the accuracy and precision of work, and how that translates into the way they approach classroom tasks.”
The Small Engines program is backed by the Australian division of leading car, marine, motorcycle and power equipment manufacturer Honda Australia.
Honda has provided six identical lawnmowers and new motorcycle engines for TRACTION mentors to teach basic repair and maintenance.
TRACTION founder Sandy Murdoch is excited about participants gaining access to industry-relevant experience through Honda’s own exemplary training resources.
“This represents an exceptional opportunity for TRACTION participants to acquire new skills that will position them superbly for future employment,” Mr Murdoch said.
Honda’s General Manager for the Motorcycle Division Peter Singleton said the company decided to sponsor TRACTION as it fits with the group’s corporate social responsibility focus to support the next generation.
“TRACTION contributes to helping young people understand the diverse community and raises awareness that the community does value young people and that these values are widely held,” Mr Singleton said.
“TRACTION not only exposes young people to diversity, but builds their confidence, helps them discover new talent and understand the structure and value of teamwork and collaboration.”
The Small Engines Program will initially operate out of TRACTION’S Moorooka workshop, the space for which is provided free of charge by owner of Pro Motorcycles Moorooka, John Peterson, who is also a distributor for Honda.
“TRACTION helps take young people off the streets and doing something outside of the school atmosphere that will benefit them in the future,” Mr Peterson said.
“At the Moorooka workshop, youth are working in a real business environment – this is not a school but a program where people experience a real working operation.”
Mr Peterson has contributed the support and technical expertise of Pro Motorcycles’ mechanics and apprentices to aid TRACTION mentors and participants with their projects.
Mr Peterson himself will be spending time with the Small Engine program participants this term, sharing his experience with motorcycle engines and small motors.
Participants in the program will be introduced to basic mechanical concepts and will learn to strip down and rebuild Honda ‘postie’ motorcycles, whilst developing new skills that will position them well for work experience and further training down the track.
TRACTION is a charitable program and appreciates community support.
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Over $19,000 was raised at the annual Celebration and Awards night for TRACTION - the Pit Crew BBQ - held on 19th October at “Shed 27” in Capalaba. Sofie Formica, presenter of Channel 7's The Great Day Out, emcee'd the event for the 3rd year in a row and welcomed families and supporters of TRACTION participants as part of the "Pit Crew".
The purpose of the event was to reflect on another wonderful year for participants and mentors of the program and to recognise TRACTION supporters who generously provide the donations, resources and encouragement, often from behind-the-scenes, that provides the fuel in the tank to keep the TRACTION program rolling.
TRACTION participants hosted their families and friends at the Capalaba workshop and helped showcase the program. TRACTION has empowered more than 350 12-15 year old participants to complete bicycle build and small engine projects since kicking off in July 2015.
Crucial funds were raised for TRACTION and things got off to a great start thanks to supporters who donated generously before the event was held to sponsor participants in the program. Sponsorships were secured for 91 participants in the 2018 program.
Special thanks to Jan, Robyn and Richard from the LIONS Club of Capalaba who have been tremendous supporters of TRACTION this year, raising funds for TRACTION and donating critical supplies like tools, paint and sandpaper that help reduce operating costs for TRACTION. The Club also provided its BBQ trailer which was used to prepare gourmet burgers and hot dogs for attendees at the event.
Thank you also to school representatives, fierce advocates for TRACTION, for attending the event and sharing the outcomes they’re seeing being realised back at school by students participating in TRACTION.
Our heartfelt thanks to all guests for joining in the celebrations, including the team from Pitcher Partners and representatives from Cleveland Rotary.
Another delivery of corporate support for TRACTION
Over 100 second-hand bikes donated in the last year alone!
Many Brisbane-based 99 Bikes stores also support TRACTION by giving second-hand bicycles that have been traded-in or donated by its customers to the program. Over 100 second-hand bikes have been donated to TRACTION in the last 12 months alone. The bicycles are gratefully received and become projects for TRACTION participants.
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TRACTION empowers young people in need. The following story appeared on Channel 7's "Great Day Out" program recently.