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Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, Urban Youth Advocate Retires

WASHINGTON - Vice Adm. William H. Hilarides relieved Vice Adm. Kevin M. McCoy (Center) as commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) during a June 7 ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard.   Hilarides graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in physics, and also holds a master's degree in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America. He served aboard the submarines USS Pargo (SSN 650), USS Gurnard (SSN 662) and USS Maryland (SSBN 738), and commanded USS Key West (SSN 722). Ashore, he served as flag lieutenant to commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; personnel assignment officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel; action officer on the Joint Staff in the Force Structure, Requirements and Assessment Directorate (J8); and, Requirements and Acquisition branch head on the staff of the chief of naval operations, where he served as the Navy representative to the Joint Requirements Panel.   Since becoming an acquisition professional in 2002, he has served as director, Advanced Submarine Research and Development, as well as the program manager of the SSGN Program. Most recently, he served as program executive officer for Submarines, responsible for all new construction submarine programs along with the acquisition and life cycle maintenance of submarine weapons, countermeasures, sonar, combat control and imaging systems.   "Everyone who reads the Wall Street Journal or the Washington Post knows we have some daunting challenges ahead of us," said Hilarides. "And I look forward to tackling those challenges."   Following the ceremony, McCoy retired from the Navy after serving 35 years, including five as the NAVSEA commander.   "Most of you know about what we do for ships and weapons systems here at NAVSEA, but I also [...]

By | June 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Urban Youth Kicks off it’s 15th Annual Build A Dream Program

Urban Youth Kicks off the 15th Year of It's Build A Dream Program. With a track record of 15 years turning out graduates who go on to meaningful and important careers in a variety of technical and engineering fields, the URBAN YOUTH program has become a beacon in an educational landscape of ever-diminishing resources. As URBAN YOUTH convenes its own 15th year of FREE, STEM programs which include Build A Dream – Naval Engines Design -- Remote Piloted Vehicles. Classes kicked off this past Saturday, June 1, for the 15th year of the Build A Dream program for urban students ages 8-18. The goal is to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics via the magic of motorsports and expose students to the fast-paced careers in the competitive world of professional racing and the automotive industry. The course then culminates with students learning how to race in a nearby go-kart track.

By | June 3rd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

MLK High School & Urban Youth Kick Off Partnership!

MLK High, Urban Youth Racing School partnership revs up with high expectations May 30, 2013 By Aaron Moselle, @awmoselle NEWSWORKS Powered By WHYY The sleek stock cars parked inside Martin Luther King High School on Wednesday weren't displayed prominently, but they certainly caught the eyes of students and staff members. The duo, displayed during an event aimed at teaching safe driving, symbolized the ceremonial start of a unique partnership that will expand and enrich MLK's automotive engineering and STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — curricula. Inaugural partnership For the first time ever, the Philadelphia Urban Youth Racing School has teamed up with a public school to introduce more students to the academics and athletics behind competitive motor sports. "We're going to try and grow it from the ground up," said Ryan Baxter, a physics and STEM teacher at the West Oak Lane school, during the event which was sponsored by Toyota. The partnership will also give students a taste of the business end of the industry. They'll write extensively about the projects and learn how they might pitch them to major players like NASCAR and Formula One. It's all welcome news for junior O'Neil Goulbourne, who lives and breathes cars. The automotive-engineering student, who works at an auto-repair shop after school, said there's always more to learn when it comes to cars. And he's eager to get started. "I need to learn a lot of new stuff," said Goulbourne. Drawing positive attention Goulbourne is also excited about the spotlight the partnership may shine on MLK. Nobody, he noted, hears about the positive things going on inside the Stenton Avenue school. MLK Principal William Wade said he hopes teaming up with the city's only racing school will [...]

By | June 3rd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Philadelphia Sunday Sun Article: Anthony Martin Speaks About Urban Youth’s 15 Years

BREAKING NEWS PHILADELPHIA SUNDAY SUN Apr 26, 2013 Urban Youth Racing School celebrates 15th year anniversary Category: sports Posted by: Hudson ABOVE PHOTO: Siblings Davion and Jasmine FerrEll proudly show off their awards at the Urban Youth Racing School 15th anniversary Gala dinner held at PA Convention Center last weekend. (Photo by Webster Riddick) By Chris Murray  For the Chris Murray Report and the Philadelphia Sunday Sun  About 15 years ago, Anthony Martin used to watch auto racing on television with a buddy of his at his home on 21st and Tasker. A huge fan of racing, Martin once dreamed of being a race driver himself, but was too old to pursue the sport at the time. He wanted to kids to experience the passion he had for the sport in the hopes that they would someday become race professional car drivers, however. Martin somehow got in contact with Indy racecar driver Michael Andretti who brought his car to a location in West Philadelphia. “The first event that I ever did I got Michael Andretti to bring his race car into West Philly and that was huge,” Martin said. “It brought 300 kids out... What we saw from the kids who were there that were inner city kids that liked racing.” For the last 15 years, the Urban Youth Racing School has not only become a place where kids can learn how to race cars and study the mathematical and scientific aspects of the sport, it has become a full-service venue that provides mentoring and educational opportunities that go beyond the sport of racing “The thing that was more powerful than anything else is our passion for the kids,” Martin said. “My passion has always [...]

By | April 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students Were The Stars at UY 15th Annual Ceremony

 URBAN YOUTH 15th Annual “Build A Dream” Awards Banquet Recognizes Students, Parents, Mentors & Sponsors                PHILADELPHIA, PA  -- The acclaimed Philadelphia-based URBAN YOUTH non-profit experiential learning program is hosted its 15TH Annual URBAN YOUTH “Build A Dream” Awards Banquet yesterday evening, April 23rd at the National Constitution Center. Nearly 300 students, parents, educators, civic leaders, as well as corporate, foundation and government sponsors attended the dinner and awards ceremony. Featured speakers and awards recipients were on stage with the backdrop of a stadium-sized jumbotron presentation of the motor sports, marine engine, aerospace and remote piloted vehicles programs of the URBAN YOUTH program. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the URBAN YOUTH its founder Anthony Martin and Board Chairman Jim Farmer both expressed their pride in the commitment of the students, parents, instructors, community and corporate supporters, which has allowed the program to become so successful. Among the most passionate speeches came from Vice-Admiral Kevin McCoy who has championed URBAN YOUTH for Office of Naval Operations funding for several years, and the architect of the new Navy STEM Academy partnership. Soon to retire Vice-Admiral McCoy, himself an engineer, cited his work with URBAN YOUTH as the most rewarding of his naval career. American LeMans Series Corvette Racing star Tommy Milner began the evening with an autograph signing and the program included a video of him taking the 180 mph lead from a Ferrari on a wet LeMans track! Ken Barrett, General Motors Chief Diversity Officer also attended and emphasized the importance of URBAN YOUTH. “Fostering the growth of next-generation leaders in STEM-related fields is an important focus area for GM. We are committed to programs that are improving education and changing the lives of children,” said Barrett. “We’ve had an outstanding partnership with Urban Youth [...]

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

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