Traction boom box program gains $10,000 grant

TRACTION: Participants in the TRACTION program recently received a CUA Capalaba funding grant of $10,000 at its Alexandra Hills workshop.
TRACTION: Participants in the TRACTION program recently received a CUA Capalaba funding grant of $10,000 at its Alexandra Hills workshop.

A $10,000 CUA Capalaba grant has enabled TRACTION’s Boom Box youth engagement program.

The program enables children to learn about electronics and fabricate their own Bluetooth enabled speakers made from recycled e-waste. It is the latest initiative designed to empower young people in need, helping them discover their talents and create their own future, from the Brisbane charity run under the auspices of the Briswest Care Association.

As an alternative learning program, it’s designed to engage students who experience multiple barriers to education.

TRACTION was selected by a local judging panel comprising local business, community and CUA representatives, including Stephanie Morris from the Chamber of Commerce, MP Andrew Laming and Gateway Baptist Church pastor Jason Fiddes.

It was one of 19 Redland community organisations to apply for the grant as part of CUA’s Mutual Good Community Grants Program. The grant is a share of almost $20,000 in funding offered across Australia.

CUA Capalaba branch manager Barbara Arnall recently presented TRACTION founder and program director Sandy Murdoch with the funds. Mr Murdoch said the program came about due to TRACTION’s ongoing liaison with its 20 partner schools in the region where it identified a high level need for more practical and innovative ways to engage students who experience multiple barriers to education that often see them “falling through the cracks.”

“We’re thrilled to accept this CUA Mutual Good Community Grant. With these funds, we can develop the curriculum and deliver a new TRACTION experience called the Boom Box program, which will see participants learn about electronics and fabricate their own Bluetooth-enabled speakers made from old army ammunition boxes, recycled e-waste and 3D-printed components,” he said.

This new program joins the already  successful Bicycle Build and Small Engines programs.

“The Mutual Good Community Grants Program is an example of how CUA works together with our members for mutual good. By collaborating with local organisations, we can help build a stronger community for everyone,” Ms Arnall said.​