About Traction

buckle%20up_blackTRACTION (formerly Team Spirit) is a youth traffic safety leadership training program designed to empower youth to take an active role in promoting safe driving habits while preventing driver inattention, the use of alcohol and other drugs, and the impaired driving that may accompany such use.

TRACTION seeks to accomplish this mission by providing youth and their adult advisors with the motivation, information, skills and support necessary to develop a plan of action that addresses underage drinking, drinking and driving, driver inattention and promoting safety belt usage through events and activities to be implemented within their schools and communities

The goal of the TRACTION Training Conference is to provide participants with:

  • Motivation 
  • Leadership skills
  • Information

TRACTION  consists of two phases: The initial phase of the project is the TRACTION Training Conference. During this summer’s conference, high school students and advisors will be invited to attend as school teams. As teams actively participate, they will not only receive educational training, but will also develop individualized team action plans to be implemented within their own schools upon their return.

While at the conference, teams will learn the “action planning” process. They will use these skills to identify a problem within their community and develop a plan to solve the identified problem through alcohol and drug-free activities in an effort to reduce substance use and the related traffic crashes that can result.

The second phase of TRACTION is the actual implementation of the individual team action plans. These plans are carried out through the support of the adult advisors, student team members, and additional students who will be recruited to assist with these events. As a result, TRACTION has the potential to have a very positive effect, not only on the participants themselves, but also on their schools and their entire community

Student teams are led by a staff of high school and college students who facilitate the action planning process and participate in all other conference activities with participants.

Background

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention developed the Team Spirit project. The program is based on the belief that youth themselves, when implementing traffic safety prevention programs, are more successful among their own peers. Through their participation in this program, Traction (formerly Team Spirit) members strengthen their individual involvement to be safe and courteous drivers.

The first Team Spirit conference in Missouri was held in 1995 and was sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Safe Communities Program and the state’s Highway Safety Division. Over 125 high school teams have been trained to date.

In 2016, the Missouri Team Spirit program was renamed to TRACTION.

Trained School Districts

The following schools have participated in the TRACTION (formerly Team Spirit) Training:
Adrian High School
Advance High School
Affton High School
Arcadia Valley High School
Ash Grove High School
Atlanta High School
Ava High School
Bayless High School
Belton High School
Billings High School
Blair Oaks High School
Bolivar High School
Bourbon High School
Cabool High School
Camdenton High School
Campbell High School
Cape Central High School
Carl Junction High School
Carthage High School
Caruthersville High School
Center High School
Central High/Park Hills
Chaffee High School
Charleston R-I High School
Chillicothe R-II High School
Clarkton C-IV High School
Conway High School
Delta C-VII High School
Delta R-III High School
DeSoto High School
Doniphan High School
Dora High School
East Carter R-II High School
East Newton Co. High School
East Prairie High School
Eldon High School
Eminence High School
Everton High School
Excelsior Springs High School
Exeter High School
Fair Grove High School
Farmington High School
Fatima High School
Forsyth High School
Fox High School
Francis Howell High School
Fredericktown High School
Gideon High School
Glendale High School
Grandview R-II High School
Greenville High School
Hamilton R-II High School
Hannibal Senior High School
Harrisonville High School
Hayti High School
Hazelwood East High School
Helias High School
Hickman High School
Hickman Mills High School
Higbee R-VIII High School
Holcomb High School
Houston High School
Howard Co. R-II High School
Iberia High School
Iron Co. C-IV High School
Jackson High School
Jasper High School
Jefferson City High School
Kennett High School
Keytesville R-III High School
Knox Co. R-I High School
Lakeland High School
LaMonte High School
Lawson High School
Lee’s Summit High School
Leopold R-III High School
Lesterville High School
Lewis Co. C-I High School
Lexington High School
Liberty High School
Licking High School
Lincoln College Prep. High School
Lincoln R-II High School
Lindbergh High School
Livingston R-I (Southwest) High School
Lockwood High School
Lutie R-VI High School
Macon Co. R-IV High School
Malden High School
Marion High School
Marquand Zion R-VI High School
Maryville High School
McDonald County High School
Meadow Heights High School
Meadville High School
Moberly Senior High School
Montrose High School
Morgan High School
Naylor R-II High School
Neosho High School
Nevada High School
New Madrid County High School
Niangua High School
Nixa High School
Normandy High School
North Shelby High School
Northeast Randolph Co. R-IV High School
Notre Dame High School
Oak Park High School
Oak Ridge High School
Oran High School
Orchard Farms High School
Osceola High School
Owensville High School
Ozark High School
Park Hill South High School
Parkview High School
Parkway South High School
Perryville High School
Pleasant Hope High School
Potosi High School
Purdy High School
Putnam Co. R-I High School
Raymore-Peculiar R-II High School
Richland High School
Richmond High School
Riverview Gardens High School
Rock Bridge High School
Ruskin High School
Salisbury R-IV High School
Sarcoxie High School
Scott City High School
Seckman High School
Senath Hornersville High School
Sheldon High School
Sikeston High School
South Callaway High School
South Iron High School
Southern Reynolds R-II High School
Southland C-IX High School
Southwest R-I High School
Spokane High School
Springfield Catholic High School
St. Elizabeth R-IV High School
St. Vincent’s High School
Ste. Genevieve High School
Strafford R-IV High School
Sturgeon R-V High School
Sullivan High School
SW MO Indian Center
Tina-Avalon R-II High School
Trenton High School
Troy High School
Twin Rivers High School
UPLIFT/NCADD
Valle High School
Van Buren High School
Van-Far R-I High School
Viburnum High School
Warrenton High School
Wellington-Napoleon High School
Westran R-I High School
Willard High School
Willow Springs High School
Windsor High School
Woodland High School
Wyaconda C-I High School
Zalma High School