Who we Support

TRACTION was established as a charitable program whose purpose is to advance social and public welfare through the provision of relief to disadvantaged young persons, and in doing so, alleviating the likelihood of the disadvantaged young person continuing to suffer from poverty, distress and misfortune.

TRACTION achieves its purpose by undertaking in activities that include:

  • providing mentorship and training to increase their ability to earn an independent source of income;
  • developing the practical skills, communication skills and broader life skills to increase their levels of self-sufficiency and capacity;
  • providing employment opportunities to increase their future employment and training opportunities;
  • providing benevolent relief in the form of food assistance and support for community integration, especially for newly arrive migrants and refugees; and
  • any other activities that are incidental or conducive to TRACTION fulfilling its purpose.

Disadvantaged young persons means young people who are experiencing poverty, misfortune or distress as a result of institutionalised welfare dependency learning disability or behavioural disorder, suffering directly or indirectly from addiction, domestic violence, abuse and mental illness, involvement with the youth justice system, indigenous disadvantage, physical disability, ethnicity, being a refugee or asylum seeker or other similar cause.

Young people in need

Participants are typically 12-15 years of age and TRACTION aims to reach them before they fall they fall through the cracks, helping them rediscover the joy of learning and build their own powerful and positive futures.

TRACTION supports young people in need of benevolent relief from sickness, suffering, helplessness, distress, misfortune or from living with a disability. These needs may include:

Disability, sickness or helplessness:

  • has a learning disability or behavioural disorder (ADD/ADHD, Aspergers/autism, ODD, or other disorder)
  • suffering directly and/or indirectly from addiction, domestic violence, abuse and mental illness
  • within a youth justice system
  • living with a physical disability
  • engaging in self harm
  • dealing with drug addiction

Poverty, in distress, or subject to misfortune:

  • lives in a low-socio economic postcode
  • subject to cyclical welfare dependency
  • family in receipt of government benefits (Newstart Allowance, Low Income Health Care Care, Youth Disability Supplement)
  • homeless, at risk of homelessness and/or experiencing insecure housing
  • experiencing indigenous disadvantage
  • refugee, asylum-seeker or a child or refugees or asylum-seekers