Youth & Education Services adds partners

NHRA aNnounces new partners for Youth & Education Services (YES) program. CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 30, 2002) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Youth and Education Services (Y.E.S.) Program presented by the U.S. Army will include three new ...

NHRA aNnounces new partners for Youth & Education Services (YES) program.

CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 30, 2002) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Youth and Education Services (Y.E.S.) Program presented by the U.S. Army will include three new partners for the 2003 season, it was announced today during a press conference at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Babcox Publications Inc., Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Job Corps will join the U.S. Army as partners in the NHRA Y.E.S. Program for the 2003 season, announced Gary Darcy, NHRA vice president of marketing. The three organizations join SkillsUSA and Lincoln Technical Institute, who joined the Y.E.S. Program at the beginning of the 2002 season as supporters of the program.

Through their partnership with the Y.E.S. Program, FFA and Job Corps members will participate in the NHRA's Education Day at the Track program and be exposed to the various opportunities for professional career paths available in motorsports. Additionally, they will get to interact with drivers, crew chiefs and mechanics, as well as many of the individuals who work in different support roles for the NHRA. Babcox Publications, which produces 12 automotive trade magazines, will promote the Y.E.S. Program nationally through its publications.

"We are extremely proud to announce the addition of these three great partners to the NHRA family," said Darcy. "The Y.E.S. Program is the only one of its kind in the motorsports community. The addition of these three organizations allows us to expand this great program that promotes education and career awareness. This partnership gives us the opportunity to showcase the vast array of career choices that are available within NHRA Drag Racing and the many programs that the U.S. Army offers to help students best achieve their goals."

The NHRA Y.E.S. Program remains the only full-time educational program in the world of motorsports that involves thousands of students across the nation. The program, which assists teachers and students in determining a course to best help young adults achieve their long-term career goals, offers three main segments: career opportunity fairs, education day at the track and the Get on the Fast Track! program which outlines a variety of career opportunities for career-minded students.

The Y.E.S. Program has been very successful in giving students an introduction to motorsports while connecting drag racing's scientific, mathematical and social concepts to classroom subjects. In addition, the U.S. Army sponsors Tony Schumacher's Top Fuel dragster, and often provides opportunities for area high school students to get an up-close look at the 6,000 horsepower machine. The U.S. Army provides an exciting experience for event attendees through interactive displays at each NHRA national event, including a U.S. Army recruiting center, complete with a rock-climbing wall.

"We're excited to add these three great partners to this Y.E.S. program," said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. "These are three very fine organizations and their support of the Y.E.S. program will help more young Americans to be a part of an outstanding program. The Army and NHRA, along with our partners, are committed to using this program to encourage young Americans to stay in school and get the skills they need to succeed in life."

The Y.E.S. presented by U.S. Army program is on pace to host more than 48,000 students during the 2002 NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series schedule that runs from February through November, which represents an increase of nearly 100 percent from the 2001 Y.E.S. program attendance numbers.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the Nationals FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The 457,278 members and 7,312 chapters in FFA represent all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential, education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16-24. Since its inauguration in 1964, under the Economic Opportunity Act, Job Corps has provided more than 2 million disadvantaged young people with the integrated academic, vocational and social skills training they need to gain independence and get quality, long-term jobs or further their education. Today, Job Corps continues to serve nearly 70,000 students a year at 119 Job Corps centers throughout the country.

Babcox Publications, Inc., based in Akron, Ohio, is the leading provider of integrated communications services for the automotive aftermarket. Babcox Publications produces eight monthly magazines (BodyShop Business, Counterman, Engine Builder, Tire Review, Brake & Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service and Tomorrow's Technician); two quarterly publications (NASCAR Tech and TechShop); www.aftermarketnews.com; Babcox Research; Babcox Lists; Custom Publishing, Franchise Publishing and One-to-One Publishing.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERADE Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 130 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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