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TRACTION: Evolving, refining, growing

It's hard to believe TRACTION marked it's 5th birthday in July.

Since kicking off the program in the Redlands in 2015, with your support, the TRACTION team has helped over 1,250 young people build their own future.

Validating our programs

TRACTION continues to evolve, improve and incorporate new ideas to better help vulnerable youth. In recent months, our attention has turned to refining, strengthening, and validating our unique model of early intervention. By blending research into evidence-based best practice with the experience we've built over the past 5 years, we have developed a strong Practice Framework, and have been measuring the outcomes young people are experiencing through TRACTION.

Participant surveys reveal that the benefits of TRACTION are tangible for young people - by the end of the program, the vast majority report improved self-confidence, new skills, better connections with others, a more positive sense of self, increased awareness of safe and healthy choices, and a more hopeful view of their future.

We are thrilled by these results, and are determined to continue to strengthen and grow our programs to help more young people go places. Thank you for coming on this journey with us.


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 view our latest Quarterly Report.


Term Three Highlights

Thanks to support from Motorcycle Queensland, our Small Engines program was revamped to include Kickstart, a riding safety and skills development initiative for junior riders.


Through support from Sealink Ferries, and the St George Foundation, Matthew Burns, a Quandamooka man and Traditional Owner of the Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) delivered a cultural awareness education session with participants from the Redlands.


"I wasn't going to school at all before TRACTION. I did my first ever full week of school three weeks ago. What got me going back to school was knowing that I had people there to help me. I have a habit of not finishing things that I start. Knowing that I will finish my bike is great. I feel proud of myself. The Mentors have helped me through so much. I get to learn new things. I couldn't ride a bike before TRACTION. I didn't even want to ride it at first. I'm now riding over the ramps. I couldn't really work in a group before. I used to work on my own. I can now work comfortably with others. I've made heaps of new friends coming here and I get along with boys so much better. I don't want to leave TRACTION. It has been so good. I would 100% recommend TRACTION to others."
Layla, Logan region participant

Delivering our first full-term program in the Gold Coast region for students of Pimpama State College. Great Boom Boxes!


Delivering our first program for Yarrabilba State College. Special thanks to Oswin and the team at Family & Community Place for providing the space for us to deliver the program.


With support of The Cory Charitable Foundation, delivering 5 x 1-day school holiday programs for young people referred by other agencies, including Save the Children and Act for Kids.


Hosting the second annual CEO Bike Build fundraising event. It was a resounding success, with new connections made and over $36,000 raised!


"Wow, how amazing are you all. I like how calm and engaged you all were with the children. My son would come home and discuss the new skills and your life experiences with so much passion and excitement. Keep up the great work."


Thank you!

- Thank you to our corporate, private and public sector leaders and participating schools and young people for getting on the tools for the CEO Bike Build fundraising event. The event raised over $36,000! Read more and watch the video here.

- The Department of Defence for a Family Support Funding Program grant to undertake a project supporting children of Australian Defence Force families in 2020, 21.

- Hand Heart Pocket - the charity of Freemasons Queensland, for support throughout 2020 that has provided access to TRACTION for young people in need.

- The Neilsen Group for donating $20,000 to support TRACTION programs in the Scenic Rim.

- The Port of Brisbane for providing a community grant to help TRACTION build the skills, ambitions and connections that will empower vulnerable youth to positively reengage with education and community.

- The Present Group for continuing their longstanding support. Watch a message from Steve here.

- Brisbane Inner West Rotary, who first started supporting TRACTION in 2016, for its ongoing support that helps provide access to TRACTION for students from Yeronga SHS.



Join the TRACTION Support Crew through our regular giving program! Donate here.






TRACTION empowers young people in need, helping them positively engage with the community, discover talents and create their own future.

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

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TRACTION For Young People Ltd
PO Box 389 Paddington, QLD 4064 Australia | 07 3102 9565
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