NHRA Youth and Education Services (Y.E.S.) Program
The National Hot Rod Association's Youth & Education Services (Y.E.S.) program presented by the U.S. Army is motorsports' first and only full-time program devoted exclusively to educational programming. The Y.E.S. program was created in 1989 as a tool to connect education and drag racing. Since its inception, the Y.E.S. program has continued to expand and improve its programs, seminars, literature and educational material.
The NHRA’s Youth & Education Services (Y.E.S.) Program is motorsport’s first and only full-time program devoted exclusively to educational programming. The Y.E.S. program was created in 1989 as a tool to connect education and NHRA drag racing geared for students and teachers from surrounding high schools, colleges, and vocational schools.
Events are held on Friday’s of the NHRA race weekends. Arrival time is 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. where students visit the interactive midway that includes booths set up by career/ educational focused partners of the Y.E.S. program, football toss games, push up competitions, the U.S. Army dragster show car, and participate in the High School Challenge, which is a series of teambuilding and “think tank” scenarios for groups of students to complete.
Students will attend a 30 minute career presentation that includes a panel discussion with seven-time World Champion, driver of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, Tony Schumacher, other Mello Yello series drivers, race team officials and NHRA officials where students will learn the importance of goal setting, career opportunities in motorsports and the U.S. Army, and furthering their education. Upon completion of the presentation, students will explore the Strength in Action Zone, an interactive midway display. All teachers and students receive a FREE ticket to watch the races on Friday afternoon.
The below topics are discussed during the career panel and Q&A session.
- Believe in Yourself: You can do whatever you put your mind to. There are a tremendous variety of careers to choose from. Find a career that you are passionate about and by setting clear and attainable goals you can accomplish anything in life.
- Teamwork: Whether your goal is to work on a race team, drive a race car, run the business behind the race team or serve your country, you must be able to work well with others to accomplish a single goal. It is important to finish your task to the best of your ability with maximum effort. It is the combination of your work with the sum of the team members that creates a final product and taking shortcuts can hurt the success of the team.
- Respect yourself and others around you: Always show respect for your parents, teachers, friends and yourself. You will gain respect when you have respect in yourself and by putting out your best efforts at all times.
- Make a Difference: Live a life that matters and look for ways to volunteer in your community. Through selflessness, hard work, education, belief in yourself, teamwork, and respect you can live up to your expectations and be successful in life.
- Make the right choices and Drive Safe: Driving fast may be tempting when you get your first car. However, respecting others on the road and making the right choice to abide by the law and the designated speed limits will allow you and those around you to remain safe and live a fulfilling and prosperous life.
- Pursue your dreams: Face your fears head on and don't let others discourage you from accomplishing your goals. You can accomplish anything in life, if you put your mind to it, work hard and stay on the right path
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Brett Lyons, NHRA Marketing & Education Manager