On the Fast Track to Washington, DC: Urban Youth Racing School International Inc., Partnering with IDEA Public Charter School Launched Washington, DC Program

PHILADELPHIA (September 26, 2006) - On Saturday, September 23, the Urban Youth Racing School, headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and founded in 1998 by sports marketing expert, Anthony Martin, launched its  Washington, DC program.  In attendance for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Opening Day activities were Linda Hamilton, UPS Corporate Public Affairs, who presented a $50,000 check from the UPS Foundation to Anthony Martin in support of UYRS-DC; Allstate's Sedrick Newbern, who pledged $10,000 and NASCAR's Lindsey Bowen, among others.

"The Saturday-only program will be housed at the IDEA [Integrated Design and Electronics Academy) Public Charter School located in Northeast Washington, DC.  IDEA's mission is to develop young people with the academic, social, leadership and occupational skills to compete successfully in post secondary education/training and enter challenging careers in the technical fields of work," said Anthony Martin.  "IDEA's and the UYRS mission is such a good fit.  We are delighted to partner with them in bringing our program to Washington." 

The ribbon cutting ceremony at the launch of the Urban Youth Racing School Washington, DC program.

Fifty lucky students in Washington, DC, got the green flag and started their race towards the UYRS/XBOX Points Championship, a coveted award given to UYRS students with good grades, behavior, and attendance, in their regular day school and UYRS, plus good racing at the Urban Youth Racing School. The first full day of classroom activities start Saturday, September 30 and on track instruction begins October 21.

"I couldn't even dream about an opportunity like this, because none existed when I was growing up!" exclaimed Colonel Norman N. Johnson, IDEA's Headmaster.

As a part of an ambitious, national expansion slated to open six new schools over the next ten years, the new D.C. school will offer the nationally recognized program, which introduces to urban youths the opportunities available in the motorsports industry.  UYRS dangles motorsports as the magnet, attracting young people to the program, in order to enhance their knowledge of the sciences, mathematics, business, marketing, as well as hard-work, and teamwork needed to be successful, not only in motorsports, but at life.  The education they receive becomes the compass, providing more awareness of the options that are available and guiding the students of the school into a future that now possesses more opportunities.  It is the educational component that encourages students to think and dream bigger than they previously thought possible. 

The one-of a kind program offers youths, between the ages of 8 - 18, the opportunity to learn, race, compete and explore career opportunities in motorsports. Students learn about the industry through education, service learning, internships, training and racing. This is accomplished through two primary education programs, the "Build A Dream Program," a ten week classroom instruction and go kart racing program, and "The Driver/Team Development" program, a yearlong racing and educational program that encourages responsible driving and provides 25 advanced students actual racing experience and hands-on professional race team work opportunities.

Children from the Urban Youth Racing School Washing, DC program.

"It's been my biggest dream to expand UYRS nationally and give other children across this nation and the world the same life changing opportunities and exposure that the students in Philadelphia have long benefited from. With the help of our sponsors, Allsports Grand Prix, Allstate Financial, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bank of America, GM, GMAC, IDEA Public Charter School, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR, NASCAR.com, SEARS, SPEED, Sprint/Nextel, Sunoco, Team Rensi, UPS, UTI, and XBOX, my dream is becoming a reality," remarked Martin. "I am confident that we will impact just as many lives, if not more, in Washington, DC, as we have in Philadelphia.

Urban Youth Racing School-Washington, D.C., will continue the legacy of the Philadelphia school, addressing the need for constructive activity for our youth, enabling them to achieve a better future.

About Urban Youth Racing School
UYRS is committed to the education, training and preparation of today's urban youth through exposure to the automotive and motorsports industry. Since it's inception in 1998, UYRS has had over 1100 children go through its 10 week "Build A Dream" and "Team Development" Programs involving over 60 mentors who have been a part of the school for over seven years. Additionally, the school has given away over $60,000 in educational scholarships, taken 50 UYRS students to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit and intern with NASCAR race teams, and participates in the annual Sears Craftsman/UYRS weeklong internship program. UYRS is committed to making diversity and youth issues a national priority.  For more information on UYRS, visit www.uyrs.com .

About IDEA Public Charter School
The IDEA Public Charter High School is a career focused, academic high school that prepares middle and high school students (grades 7-12) for college or for careers in electronics, networking, drafting or computer repair. IDEA was founded by a group of retired military instructors and civilian teachers in 1997. The school is based on the Department of Defense's JROTC Career Academy model. IDEA provides advanced placement college preparatory courses in English, calculus and chemistry. The computer repair class will lead students towards an A+ certification. The electronics class will allow students to receive training to become electrician apprentices. IDEA's JROTC program includes participation in Junior ROTC summer camp. Self-discipline, leadership training and citizenship skills are addressed through the JROTC program. In addition to the career-focused course of study, the school relies on partnerships with employers in the industry. These business partners will provide summer/part-time jobs and internships for students as well as providing mentorship, tutorial, instructional and curriculum support for teachers and students. The school's present location is in Ward 7 in the old Carver Elementary School at 1027 45th Street in Northeast Washington, DC. www.ideapcs.org