This release from the Yankees:
NEW YORK YANKEES AND LOCAL YOUTH GROUPS HOLD DUAL-STADIUM CEREMONY; FORMER YANKEES JOIN BRONX HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN MOVING HOME PLATE FROM ORIGINAL YANKEE STADIUM TO NEW YANKEE STADIUM
In a dual-Stadium ceremony today, local Bronx high school youth groups were joined by Scott Brosius, David Cone, Jeff Nelson and Paul Oâ€™Neill of the Yankeesâ€™ 1998 World Championship team and Yankees Vice Chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal in removing home plate, the pitcherâ€™s rubber and pails of dirt from the original Yankee Stadium, then installing them in the new Yankee Stadium across the street.
The participating Bronx youth groupsâ€”Youth Force 2020, led by Turner Construction Company, and the ACE Mentor Program at Yankee Stadium, guided by Tishman Speyerâ€”have been taking part in Yankees-sponsored after-school programs relating to the construction and engineering of the new Yankee Stadium.
Turnerâ€™s YouthForce 2020 guides young people toward careers in the construction industry, using an Adopt-a-School Program along with internship and scholarship opportunities. Students from high schools such as the Bronx Engineering Technical Academy (BETA), Alfred E. Smith H.S. and the Institute of Environmental Learning have attended monthly classes at the original Yankee Stadium covering a curriculum tailored to introduce the construction industry to students.
At the conclusion of the program, five $8,000 scholarships ($2,000 for each year of college) are given to selected graduating seniors who go on to pursue degrees in architecture, engineering or construction. Paid internships are also available to graduates of the program. Ninety-nine percent of paid interns go on to become full-time Turner employees.
The Yankee Stadium-affliated Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program, is designed to enlighten and motivate Bronx high school students toward architecture, construction, engineering and related careers, while providing mentoring opportunities for future designers and constructors. Over the last two years, volunteers from Tishman Speyer have assisted student teams as they take on challenging construction design assignments relating to the new Yankee Stadium.
â€œThis is a special and symbolic day for the New York Yankees and our community,â€ said Yankees Vice Chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal. â€œThe Yankees commend these students for their participation and dedication, and are pleased to recognize their great achievements as we look forward to our future together in the Bronx.â€
The 30 students in this yearâ€™s ACE program meet for two hours each week, working toward a final presentation in May. Students from this yearâ€™s class represent many local high schools, including Harry S. Truman H.S., DeWitt Clinton H.S., Alfred E. Smith H.S., BETA, NYC Charter H.S. for Architecture, Engineering & Construction, New School for Arts & Sciences, Lehman H.S., Bronx H.S. for the Visual Arts, Mt. St. Michael Academy, Bronx Science and Holcombe L. Rucker.
During the 2007-08 academic year, students in the ACE program designed their visions of what Monument should look like in the new Stadium, while being guided by the very same designers who were creating what was actually being built. All five of the high school seniors involved in the 2007-08 ACE Mentoring program went on to four-year colleges.