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Urban Youth Holds Award Banquet

Urban Youth holds award banquet The Philadelphia Tribune - Written by  Damon C. Williams Monday, 22 April 2013 19:22   Urban Youth students work on engines at lab. — PHOTO COURTESY URBAN YOUTH The re-branded Urban Youth academy – which consists of the Urban STEM Academy, the Urban Youth Racing School and the What It Takes Foundation – will honor its most dedicated students during Tuesday’s “Build a Dream” banquet at the National Constitution Center. Urban Youth will dole out several awards, including those for perfect attendance, perseverance, little racers, teen RACERS and parents. The nonprofit will also dispense naval engine design awards, a Chevy Points Championship Trophy, a Trailblazer award and finally, a Sponsor of the Year award. “This is an historic moment in our program. We’ve been around for 15 years, and to be an African American nonprofit still thriving is amazing,” said Urban Youth Founder Anthony Martin. “And it’s historic for our kids, too. They are receiving awards and rewards for participating in the program the last year, and we’re going to have alumni come back and talk about their experiences here, and what has made them a success in their lives.” At the event, auto giant General Motors will continue its partnership with Urban Youth, as Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President of Performance and Motor Sports, will present to Urban Youth a check for $125,000. “We really wouldn’t be here today without the support of GM,” Martin said, noting that GM has been one of the biggest sponsors of Urban Youth, sticking by the program even when other sponsored bailed out when financing became tight. Throughout its award-winning history, Urban Youth has kept its students steeped in STEM – science, [...]

By | April 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Philly Tech Week – Lunchtime Series

Getting Under Served and Minority Youth Access to STEM Join URBAN YOUTH Founder Anthony Martin at Philly Tech Week Lunchtime Series: Getting Under Served and Minority Youth Access to STEM Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Quorum at the Science Center 3711 Market Street, Floor 8, Philadelphia, PA Getting Underserved and Minority Youth Access to STEM Pipeline An hour long panel discussion focused on access to STEM resources for underserved youth in the region, and how mentorship and extracurricular programs can help bridge the divide. Representatives from non-profit organizations that engage youth through alternative programming will share their experiences and offer lessons. Chris Bartlett, Executive Director of William Way Community Center, will moderate. Anthony Martin- Founder, Urban Youth Racing School Tracey Welson-Rossman - Founder, TechGirlz and Chief Marketing Officer, Chariot Solutions Mike Zekas - Division Head, Propulsion and Power Systems Division, NAVSEA Tariq Al-Nasir -  Founder, the STEMnasium Learning Academy at the Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School

By | April 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

URBAN YOUTH 15th Annual “Build A Dream” Awards Banquet

URBAN YOUTH 15th Annual “Build A Dream” Awards Banquet Recognizes Students, Parents, Mentors & Sponsors Of Breakthrough Experiential Learning Program       PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The acclaimed Philadelphia-Based URBAN YOUTH non-profit experiential learning program is hosting its 15TH Annual URBAN YOUTH “Build A Dream” Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 23rd at the National Constitution Center. For 15 years the URBAN YOUTH experiential learning and career development programs have focused on providing FREE technical skills development and Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) training for urban youth ages 8 to 18. The success of URBAN YOUTH is legendary, helping to motivate and propel thousands of students through high school and college graduation and on to meaningful careers. As the pioneering diversity program in the high stakes professional motor sports industry, the URBAN YOUTH Racing School (UYRS) is internationally acclaimed and supported by major corporations and private donors and foundations. In the last several years, URBAN YOUTH has broadened the scope of the organization, responding to dual White House mandates of developing meaningful mentoring programs in the urban Black and Hispanic communities and promoting STEM education programs to pipeline students into the emerging career opportunities. The organization continues to pursue initiatives like the model URBAN YOUTH WHAT IT TAKES (WIT) mentoring program and the recently announced Urban STEM Academy (USA) joint-venture CENTER of EXCELLENCE with the US Navy NAVSEA Systems Command, are being cited as 501(c)(3) models ideal for national expansion. Awards Program, Honorees & Featured Speakers The honors being presented this year include: Perfect Attendance Award, Perseverance Award, Little Racers Award, Teen RACERS Awards, Parent Awards, Naval Engine Design Awards, Chevy Points Championship Trophy, Trailblazer Award and Sponsor of the Year. Featured  speakers and honorees include Anthony Martin Sr. Founder and Executive Director of Urban Youth, Inc.; Jim Farmer, Chairman, UYRS and President James E. Farmer [...]

By | April 21st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Urban Youth Racing School Partners With U.S. Navy to Improve STEM

Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy Joins UY Founder and other guest at the UY headquarters In a direct response to a White House call to action, the acclaimed Philadelphia-based non-profit URBAN YOUTH RACING SCHOOL (UYRS) is joining forces with the US Navy NAVSEA Systems Command to fast-track a new initiative to improve Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education and proficiency among urban college bound primary through high school students. A standing room only audience of 220 parents, students and influential civic, educational, political, business and religious leaders turned out to hear Vice-Admiral Kevin McCoy highlight the expanded NAVSEA Systems Command initiative with the Urban STEM Academy, for the official program presentation ceremony held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 11:00 am at the Philadelphia Naval Base. Speakers and special guests include: Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, NAVSEA commander; Mr. Jimmy D. Smith, from the U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems; State Senator LeAnna Washington, UYRS Founder Anthony Martin and Board Chairman Jim Farmer. The presentation was greeted enthusiastically by the audience there to support the expansion of educational and future career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math related fields for urban students in Philadelphia and cities across the country. Moving forward with the NAVSEA Command partnership, the UYRS and the associated WHAT IT TAKES Foundation will continue to operate under the overall umbrella of the Urban STEM Academy. “Over the years our mission has continued to expand but whether in racing or career mentoring, our objectives have always focused on our students developing solid technical and professional skills and credentials,” says Anthony Martin. “This commitment by the US Navy just steps our mission up into a bigger and more challenging [...]

By | April 21st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

School embraces Urban Youth Branding

Featured Philadelphia Tribune Written by Damon C. Williams Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:01 “Inside the NFL” host James Brown, center, with Urban Youth students involved in the “What It Takes” mentoring program.—Photo/Urban Youth Since its founding 15 years ago, The Urban Youth Racing School has offered several programs and initiatives, and has remained at the forefront of getting urban youth involved in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. The school appears to have it all, including a robust mentoring program and relationships with some of the biggest names in sports and science. “We’ve been around for 15 years, and we’ve always started new programs. But traditionally, we have been known as just the ‘racing school,’” explained Urban Youth Director of Operations Michelle Martin. “ In fact, the only thing the school lacked was an umbrella-like branding, in which all of its programs would be easily accessible and better understood; thus, organizers have rebranded the school, which will now be known simply as “Urban Youth.” Located at 907 N. Front Street and with laboratories at the Naval Yard and other institutions throughout the city, Urban Youth will continue to provide its four core programs: the Racing School, Naval Engine Program, Remote-Powered Vehicle Program and the Mentoring Program. The main difference is that, before, finding out about these programs turned out to be problematic for a few families; now, organizers hope with the concise rebranding, people will be able to locate Urban Youth’s programs with greater ease. “We’ve been around for 15 years, and we’ve always started new programs. But traditionally, we have been known as just the ‘racing school,’” explained Urban Youth Director of Operations Michelle Martin. “We were trying to find a way [...]

By | April 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments