The Philadelphia-based Urban Youth Racing School joined with the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum for its 21st annual awards program Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019.

Over the past 21 years, the Urban Youth Racing School has been acclaimed internationally as one of the most successful Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational enrichment programs in the nation. The innovative school has created a path for some 5,000 students to earn university degrees and establish powerhouse careers in auto racing, manufacturing, media, engineering, tech and higher education.

Acceptance into the Urban Youth Racing School program — which is free — is based on excellent academic performance in regular school curriculum.

School graduates have an impressive record of success that includes a 99% high school graduation rate and a 90% college matriculation rate. Of the thousands of students that the school has served, 85% come from areas below the poverty line.

The UYRS has been embraced by many top auto racing stars, as well as sports, media and TV and film notables. The list of UYRS supporters and ambassadors includes Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon. CBS Sports host JB ... James Brown, Charles Barkley and actor Hill Harper and many more.

The UYRS recently entered into an agreement with Philly native Will Smith and his Overbrook Productions to produce a major network docu-series about the students of the program.

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