Road Code

Contact: Aaron Neber
602.343.1215
aneber@bgcmp.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPS ROAD CODE AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX COMMEMORATE NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK
UPS Road Code teaches the importance of safe driving to BGCMP teens

(Phoenix, AZ October 18, 2013) – Arizona teen driving deaths are on the rise. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the first six months of 2012 saw nine teens become victims of motor vehicle accidents, compared to two in 2011, and only one in 2010.

The UPS Foundation has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) to promote UPS Road Code, a program which teaches safe driving techniques to teens and helps them drive change surrounding this vital issue.

National Teen Driver Safety Week runs from October 20-26, and UPS Road Code and BGCMP are doing their part to raise awareness.

On Saturday, October 19th, members from UPS Road Code and Boys & Girls Clubs of America accompanied teens from the BGCMP Robson Branch to the Arizona Keystone Conference, a program which fosters leadership among teens, to promote safe driving habits. Club teens from around the state were able to test drive Road Code simulators and received a crash course in safe driving.

Members of the Swift Kids Branch will visit Glendale High School to discuss techniques taught by UPS Road Code during homecoming week — a celebratory and potentially dangerous week for high school students.

UPS Road Code’s curriculum is largely derived from the same safety techniques used by UPS drivers, and approximately 150 UPS employees serve as trained volunteer instructors for the program.

First launched in 2009 in 22 Boys & Girls Clubs, UPS Road Code currently operates in 52 Clubs in 36 cities across the country.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
Since 1946, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix has empowered all youth—especially those who need us most – to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens. Each year, 22,000 youth benefit from our life-changing programs and services at 12 Clubhouses, outreach programs in local schools, juvenile detention centers and Dental Clinic. Visit www.bgcmp.org for more information.

About UPS Foundation
The UPS Foundation, which is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national and global communities, has led UPS’s corporate citizenship efforts for more than 60 years. In 2011, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $93.3 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.