Henry De Los Santos
Mustang360 Network Content Director
May 6, 2016
Photos By: John Wilcox

Life has lessons on every corner and everyone can use a little guidance to help push them into a certain direction. Ultimately that direction or end goal is up to that particular individual, but a bit of education and a nudge onto the right path is something we can all use.

This is where Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti, more commonly referred to as DRAGG comes into play. DRAGG is a nonprofit afterschool program started by two Oxnard, California police officers, Sergeant Charles Woodruff and Sergeant Daniel Shrubb.

Unlike many other programs, DRAGG has a 5,000 square foot shop and holds three classes a week that’s tied into their regular school program; this means after completing 60 hours of class work, each student then earns 5 school credits. It’s here students have the opportunity to learn from local automotive school teachers and have a goal of completing an automotive project by the end of the school year. Best of all, DRAGG provides several field trips for its students to meet with industry icons and even get a chance to attend various racing events.

At the end of the day, it’s about educating the youth and showing each of them that they can grow up to be successful by introducing them to internships, a variety of job opportunities, and going to college to help better themselves and their future.

Of course, the little kid in us is just loves police cars. And besides, who doesn’t like seeing a new S550 Mustang outfitted with a uniform and chasing down the bad guys!

For more information, be sure to head over to www.draggteam.org.