Source: Formula E
New York, USA. 24th July, 2017. Formula E prides itself on being more than just an all-electric motor race and as a street racing series, it is always looking at ways to engage the local community.
Last time out in New York the many local activities that took place included a partnership with the Red Hook Initiative. This is a non-profit organisation that nurtures young people in Red Hook with support and skills to become co-creators of their lives, community and society.
To help with its aims of empowering the local youth to build the community, Formula E invited a group of 12 young people from the programme to experience the race. This included a tour of the garages, pitlane and an educational talk with the PortSide and the Earth Day Initiative.
But the partnership will not end there and there are plans for a year-long programme, educating the kids on electric car technology and its impact on air quality.
Carlos Menchaca, Council member for the 38th District of the New York City Council, said:
“The success of large events at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal should be measured by their impact on the surrounding Red Hook community. This summer, Formula E auto races were an opportunity to support area businesses and inspire youth. I salute Formula E for proposing year-round local education programs that will foster careers in engineering and green technologies. I look forward to working with Formula E, service organizations and community advocates to empower Red Hook’s young leaders who are already focused on innovation and resilience.”
New York City Local Community Partners
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