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TRACTION: Empowering young people in times of need

We hope this report finds you safe and well

Over the last quarter, as we have all been challenged by COVID-19, TRACTION has continued to deliver programs to support those most in need.

New ways to engage young people

By innovating, adapting and implementing new ways to ensure the health and safety of all involved, TRACTION was able to help 53 young people who continued to attend school during COVID-19 restrictions. We shortened programs, delivered onsite at schools, and were flexible in our approach to support young people, including children of essential worker families and those living in out of home residential care.

It is an unfortunate reality that the social isolation many young people experienced during this time has led to a significant increase in demand for TRACTION programs. So much so that our projected participant numbers for the second half of 2020 are double that of the first six months.


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 Two Highlights

TRACTION builds on Facebook

Encouraging our young people to keep active during the crisis, TRACTION developed a series of posts showcasing riding activities that can be safely done at home and sharing bike maintenance tips. Click here to watch.


Dialled into TRACTION

A new form of mentoring, delivered online, and a great way to check in on the health and wellbeing of our young people.


"TRACTION has helped me learn how to make friends and get along with other people."
Term Two participant from the Scenic Rim

Delivering our first program in the Gold Coast region for students from Pimpama State College.


Being engaged to support students by longstanding school partners Hemmant Flexi Learning Centre and Redlands District Special School during COVID-19 restrictions.


Delivering programs onsite at Ipswich State High School and in the Scenic Rim for students of Emmaus College.


Working with partners from Queensland Police Service and PCYC, to provide pre-vocational experience for program graduates of the Project Booyah program.


  "My son is immensely proud of his bike and feels a sense of accomplishment. TRACTION has opened his eyes to other pathways and opportunities and provided him with motivation and a sense of purpose."
Caroline from Brisbane


Gear Up: More young people riding, safely


With the support of the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Bicycle Queensland, TRACTION has developed a new program called 'Gear Up' to support safe bike riding behaviour and road safety awareness. TRACTION commenced delivering Gear Up in Term 1 this year and over 100 young people have taken part so far.

Participants are typically from disadvantaged backgrounds and face a range of significant challenges. Many have never ridden a bike before, or do not have a bike of their own. Not only does TRACTION provide a safe learning environment for them to build the skills and confidence to connect with others. It gives young people, of all abilities, the chance to experience the joy of riding.


Some findings to date:

- Whilst 83% of participants ride on the road, only 52% of participants own a bicycle helmet
- Only 34% of participants have ridden bikes to school
- 91% of Gear Up participants report they know more about bicycle road safety as a result of the program

 "It has been heartening to hear the stories of the innovative approaches that have been implemented to ensure service delivery can continue in some form. Initiatives, such as youth online mentoring sessions and social media videos are great examples."
Mr Neil Scales, Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Thank you!

It has been incredibly encouraging that TRACTION has continued to receive grants and community support during this most trying time.

The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation has granted $24,000 to provide access to TRACTION programs for young people from the Brisbane Southside community.


Brisbane City Council's award-winning Cycling Brisbane initiative has provided a $20,000 sponsorship so TRACTION can continue to help engage young people in riding and promote active lifestyles.

Brisbane City Council also awarded a community grant for a pilot program where TRACTION participants will build mobile phone chargers from recycled e-waste, which they will, in turn, donate to vulnerable youth experiencing insecure housing and homelessness.


- The Chain Reaction Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant.
- The Cory Charitable Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant so TRACTION can deliver school holiday programs in Brisbane, and the Westpac Foundation, in conjunction with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, are supporting school holiday programs in the Scenic Rim.
- TRACTION was successful in securing a community grant to assist with COVID-19 recovery from the St George Foundation.
- Other generous donations were provided by the K&T Driscoll Foundation, the Fitzpatrick Family Charitable Foundation, N&J Jones, R&P Robson, M&D Pherous, the AP Eagers Foundation, and GELITA Australia & New Zealand.



Heartfelt thanks to our donors and supporters.

In these uncertain times, we fully understand it may be difficult to contribute directly to TRACTION. If you can, please do, however if you cannot, please stay with us on the journey to empower young people in need.

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
Make a general donation
- Nominating TRACTION as a beneficiary charity for your corporate staff giving program or fundraising event



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 learn new skills and experience success through completion of meaningful projects.

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