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TRACTION: Empowering young people in need

We hope this report finds you safe and well.

Communities around the world are facing significant challenges and uncertainty due to the impact of COVID-19. Whilst some may be resilient to the virus, none of us are immune from the effects it is having on our society. Unfortunately, we expect its impact will be especially devastating for the most vulnerable, and lead to more young people being isolated, subject to trauma, disconnecting from schooling and ultimately finding it harder to build their own future. With this community need in mind, we are ready to help and working hard to keep young people connected and active.

Powerful finish in Term 1.

TRACTION helped 59 participants finish their Bicycle Build programs powerfully and positively this term. Whilst we wrapped up programs slightly earlier than usual, our Mentors completed the finishing touches of participants' bikes and delivered them to schools so the students could celebrate their achievements and enjoy their bikes over the holidays. Our school partners are extremely grateful for our efforts in 'closing the loop' for participants and it's been wonderful to see participants thanking us personally and online.

"On behalf of the Ipswich High School kids, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to make and design our own bikes. We loved every minute of it."
Term 1 Participant
Latest Quarterly Report.

We welcome your ongoing support so that we can continue to help young people in need. For more details about our progress this term and future plans, please download our latest Quarterly Report.


Term One Expanding our reach

During Term 1, it's been our privilege to support young people from a range of new schools and referral agencies. Supported by Hand Heart Pocket - the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, we were able to provide scholarships for at-risk youth from Queensland Pathways College (Brisbane), Project Booyah - in conjunction with Queensland Police Service (Logan), and The Spot Academy (Logan).

Powered by a grant from RSL Queensland, we delivered a program for students from Mt Maria College, our first step in supporting the Australian Defence Force community.

We expanded our reach into the Ipswich region, delivering our first program for students onsite at Ipswich State High School. It was also a delight to work with the wonderful staff from Nursery Road Special School and create a safe place of learning and inclusion for their students in our Alexandra Hills workshop.


Term One Highlights

- Young people from 10 referral agencies, including 6 new schools, participated in Bicycle Build programs at our Redlands, Brisbane Southside and Scenic Rim workshops and new delivery locations in Ipswich and on Brisbane's Northside.

- The smiles on the faces of students from Nursery Road Special School as they rode bikes at the workshop. Our Mentors adapted some bikes to suit and allow all students to experience the joy of riding.


- TRACTION began delivering our new 'Gear Up' initiative, developed in conjunction with Bicycle Queensland and supported by the Queensland Transport and Main Roads Department. The initiative helps more young people cycle safely, with a focus on riding skills and road safety awareness.

"TRACTION helped my son start enjoying school and has given him the confidence to know what he can achieve. TRACTION has made such a positive impact on his life."
Parent of Term 1 Participant


- Partnering with PCYC and Project Booyah to provide pre-vocational experience for program graduates.

"We've had really strong outcomes individually and collectively with the students. Please pass on our appreciation to the TRACTION team."
Tom Fields, Youth Support Coordinator (PCYC)


- Students from The Spot Academy and Wynnum State High School playing key roles hosting representatives from Hand Heart Pocket and local Masonic Lodges at a 'Celebration Event' to mark the official announcement of the significant grant awarded to TRACTION. Program graduates Antae, Jade, Riley and Andreaz feature in a video produced of the occasion. WATCH THE VIDEO.


- Jamie Charman, former Brisbane Lions AFL player, spent time with participants at our Moorooka Workshop.

- TRACTION supported our first students from the Queensland Pathways College at our Moorooka workshop.

"The two girls in our group said they've really enjoyed working with Mentors Tim and Luke, the conversations they've had, and what they learnt."
Kylie Spann, Queensland Pathways College


- Staff from longstanding corporate sponsor, The Present Group, provided a BBQ breakfast for participants at our Alexandra Hills workshop and donated $5,000 towards the purchase of 25 BMX bikes for TRACTION participants.


Community Fundraising Events


Heartfelt thanks to the Scenic Rim business community for attending our second Supporter Dinner in early March. 90 people contributed to a wonderful outcome with over $41,000 raised. Funds raised from the dinner will provide access for local youth to programs delivered at our Beaudesert Workshop.

After completing work experience over the Christmas holidays, Mitchell secured an apprenticeship in January with Huebner Motors in Beaudesert. Mitchell was our keynote speaker at the dinner and attended with his family.

"TRACTION really helped me come a long way from where I was".
Mitchell, TRACTION Graduate


Like many others we've had to postpone fundraising events, however we hope to hold our Joyride and CEO Bike Build events later in the year. In the meantime, we are opting for physical distancing, rather than social isolation, and will keep the communication lines open. Stay tuned!


Thank you!

St George Foundation

Thanks to a community grant of $50,000, TRACTION will be delivering a customised Bicycle Build program for 24 indigenous youth from the Redland Bay community, including those from highly disadvantaged North Stradbroke and other Redland Island communities, over the next 12 months.



Queensland Government Partnership

We are pleased to announce that TRACTION has secured a 'Thriving Cohesive Communities' grant of $34,020 from the Queensland Department of Communities. The grants are focused on establishing community connections with young people at risk of exclusion and isolation and bringing local people together to strengthen the understanding of acceptance and diversity in their communities.

The funding will help TRACTION deliver its Small Engine program for 24 young people in the Scenic Rim over the next 12 months. An exciting dimension of the project will see TRACTION engage members of local community organisations such as Rotary, Lions, Freemason and others, with our young people so they understand the breadth of community service opportunities available.



Heartfelt thanks to our donors and supporters.

In these uncertain times, we fully understand it may be difficult to directly contribute to TRACTION. If you can, please do, however if you cannot, please stay with us on the journey and help spread the word about the work we are doing, keep abreast of our progress through our e-Newsletter and Quarterly Reports, and stay connected on our social media channels. It's the support community behind TRACTION that makes the significant difference, keeping fuel in the tank so we can help some of the most vulnerable young people in our community to build their own powerful future.

Ways of supporting us include:
- Purchase a BMX Bike for a TRACTION Participant - $200
- Donate a Half-Scholarship - $1,000
- Donate a Full Scholarship - $2,000
- Nominating TRACTION as a beneficiary charity for your corporate staff giving program or fundraising event
- Volunteering
- Donating a bicycle
- Make a general donation



TRACTION empowers young people in need. TRACTION helps young people positively engage with their communities, discover their talents and create their own future.

TRACTION provides a safe environment where young people complete projects, and with the guidance of Mentors, learn new skills and put them into action through participation in real, tangible and meaningful learning activities.

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