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.
To sponsor a participant in the program, please click HERE.