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Howard Hosts “What It Takes” Symposiums to Re-engage male youth
Organization responds to President’s call to mentor at-risk boys with the “What It Takes”


WASHINGTON (April 14, 2011) – Getting to the top takes hard work and dedication. Trying to pass that commitment down to inner-city kids can be a challenge at times. Urban Youth Racing School founder Anthony Martin, answering President Barack Obama’s call to action on education and mentorship, found a solution in the “What It Takes” symposiums Presented by the US ARMY. The national outreach initiative, which connects highly successful minority entrepreneurs, scientists, professional athletes, businessmen, military officers, medical professionals and educators with high potential but low performing minority males, will be held in partnership with Howard University on from 2-6 p.m. on April 14 in the Armour J. Blackburn Center.

The event will bring 200 minority male students together to encourage and motivate them to be successful by allowing them to meet and interact with high-profile minority males with major accomplishments who came from similar positions.  The boys who plan to attend the event are impressed by the star power of the panel. The “What It Takes” symposiums are presented by the United States Army and will be hosted by Howard University, renowned for inspiring youth to learn.

A three-time Emmy winner, and CBS and Showtime’s Inside the NFL anchor James “JB” Brown will moderate the event and invited guests including Colonel Barry Price, Deputy Commanding Officer of the United States Army Cadet; John Wall, NBA Washington Wizards; Dr. Jim Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, Howard University, Donovan McNabb, NFL Washington Redskins; Ted Reid, SVP Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Chris Draft, NFL Washington Redskins;  Dr. Anthony Junior, ONR HBCU/MI Director; Mark Byers , Founder; Paul Williams, Boxer, Middle Weight contender; Derrick Brooks, Partner Arete Sports Agency; and Dale Dykes, Founder AV Touch.

The purpose of “What It Takes” is to keep inner-city boys interested in school so that they can earn good marks and be successful, while learning how to devise a strategic plan to move forward into their future.

To view the “What It Takes” All-Star PSA, log onto

“‘What It Takes’ emerged from Urban Youth Racing School’s efforts to interest more inner-city students in STEM subjects,” said Anthony Martin, the school’s founder. “Students were excited about racing go-karts and learning math, but they were frustrated they did not know. ‘What It Takes’ to be successful young men, who could graduate from high school, go to college and live a good life.  “What It Takes’ fills that void by having men, many of whom have struggled through the same path as your young men, reach back and tell them ‘What It Takes.’”

 The nationally acclaimed Urban Youth Racing School, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Anthony Martin, a sport marketing expert, is headquartered in Philadelphia and operates a full-service mechanic/race shop and office complex at its headquarters.  Under Martin’s leadership, the school has introduced inner-city children to the world of motorsports on the foundation of learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

In addition to teaching young people the ins and outs of the racing industry, Martin helps his kids develop necessary life skills -- integrating valuable components such as education, leadership skills and diversity training into the overall curriculum at UYRS.

The program enrolls urban boys and girls ages 8 through 18, and is free for all participants. More than 2,800 boys and girls have successfully completed UYRS programs with noticeable improvements in academic achievement. For more information on UYRS log onto

Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 12 schools and colleges.  Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 21 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

Media Contacts – “What It Takes” or 856-857-0146;
What It Takes Foundation / UYRS Contact  - 215-971-5660

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