This summer I attended TRACTION in Columbia, Missouri for Blue Jay Journal TV. TRACTION stands for Teens taking action to prevent traffic crashes.
The conference had schools from all around Missouri. We all had different team colors. BJJTV was gold. This is the first time BJJTV has attended TRACTION and I was proud to be on the gold team!
Over the course of the three-day conference, we heard from different speakers about distracted driving, drowsy driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and narcotics, and the consequences of not buckling up while driving.
Hearing some of these stories had a huge impact on me personally. I’m not an emotional person by any means, but some of these stories hit me really hard and made me realize that driving is a privilege and shouldn’t be taken for granted.
We also participated in team building games, leadership training, and brainstorming sessions to come up with some ideas to bring back to Washington High School to prevent traffic crashes and fatalities.
I absolutely loved my experience at TRACTION! Going to TRACTION didn’t only make me look at driving differently, but I also learned some very important life skills. Going into the conference I didn’t expect to take away more than the message of safe driving. I learned leadership skills, the ability to work together with a team, and I gained some confidence talking in front of large groups of people.
After attending TRACTION, I felt so much closer to all the other BJJTV members that went. I feel like if I hadn’t gone to the event, I might have felt uncomfortable going into the class in August not knowing any of the people already. It for sure made us closer.
I’m super excited for the TRACTION reunion this coming year because we got to know some of the advisers and some of the other teams. I’m proud to say that I will be applying to be on the TRACTION 2018 staff. I hope to be a positive influence by impacting other people's lives.