December 2015 E-newsletter

Executive Director message

Dear Friends of YATC:

Every year, I look forward to our annual student and graduate holiday party. It's a wonderful chance for me to catch up with our graduates and see how they continue to grow and evolve. It's also an opportunity to get to know current students a little better.  This year was no different.  I saw many faces of graduates who have completed the program during the past 30-plus years mingling alongside our current students.  Their paths will take them in many different directions in life. No matter where they go, I hope they will carry with them the spirit of YATC to encourage them to keep working toward their dreams.
It is also a pleasure to see our Board of Directors and Advisory Board at the holidays.  All year, these dedicated individuals offer their time and talents to benefit our students and graduates. Without their commitment and investment in YATC, the program would not be the same. Finally, I want to extend a very big THANK YOU to each and every one of you who have supported YATC over the years. We are so fortunate to have your friendship.  Please stop by the school in 2016 to see all the great things going on!

From the YATC family to yours, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy 2016!

Terry Routley

In Memoriam: Dick Knox, YATC president emeritus

YATC is saddened by the loss of a member of our founding Board of Directors and president emeritus, Richard Knox. Mr. Knox passed away peacefully in North Carolina at the age of 87.  He was a close friend of Founder Jim Moran, working with him as YATC was established and serving on the Board of Directors 1984-2008.

More than just a supporter of YATC, Mr. Knox was an automotive industry expert who embodied the mission of the program. He worked tirelessly to develop the program to ensure students and graduates would receive the education and life skills necessary for them to build successful lives. He also worked closely with Jim Moran to develop the Jim Moran Classic as YATC's sole fundraiser. 

"Dick Knox was a critical member of our founding team and we are forever grateful for his leadership and devotion to the school," said YATC Board President Larry McGinnes. "A fund for the welfare of students and graduates will be established in his memory in 2016. Dick will be greatly missed by all of us at YATC."

2015 Jim Moran Classic

This fall, more than 800 individuals and corporations stepped up to support the 2015 Jim Moran Classic, providing funding to cover the operating expenses of the program for one year. 

Founding Sponsor The Cross Country Group and Super Big Heart Sponsors Auto Carrier Express and Jan Moran were among nearly 30 Major Sponsors, and more than 50 celebrity guests joined the Classic weekend. 

Guests heard from current student Jameson Dely (right) at the Classic Banquet, learning how the program is steering him toward a better future. Graduate David Ruiz (Class of 2005) also shared how YATC has shaped his life in the past 10 years.

The presentation of the Jim Moran Award to Chi Chi Rodriguez (below) was a weekend highlight.  Executive Director Terry Routley (left) and Jan Moran presented the golf legend with this special honor in recognition of his outstanding dedication and commitment to the school and the Jim Moran Classic, which he has participated in for 27 years.

Thank you to all of our 2015 Jim Moran Classic sponsors!

2016 Cool Wheels Car Show

January 17, 2016 

Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach 

The 5th Annual Cool Wheels Car Show will feature more than 500 fantastic show cars, a silent auction, raffles, food trucks and the Broward Sheriff's Office SWAT presentations. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. Car entry is just $20 until January 12. Spectators are free (just pay park fees). 

For more information on entering your car, call Joe Aliseo at (561) 452-3684, visit the event Facebook page or see the registration page online.

Remembering Our Founder


YATC Founder Jim Moran enjoyed spending time with students and graduates. Here he visited with a student in YATC's first class in 1984 at the original facility in Hollywood, FL.

Tech Tip

Winter is coming

Smart drivers know how important it is to keep their vehicles well-maintained in snowy, cold weather.  But even car owners in the southern states should take the time for some winter preparation this season.  The following tips come from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). 

  • Change oil and filter as recommended and more often if you do a lot of stop-and-go driving.  This simple step is essential to protect your engine.
  • Check brakes regularly for safety and to prevent unnecessary damage caused by worn-out brakes.
  • Keep an eye on transmission fluids to head off a major failure or costly repairs.
  • Stow an emergency kit in the car. Drivers who may encounter snow or freezing temperatures should have gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel or kitty litter, flashlight with extra batteries, snack bars and water.
  • Above all, always follow the manufacturer's recommended service schedule to keep you on the road in a safe, well-performing vehicle.