Thousands Raised -- Record-Breaking Turn-Out at DRT-Sponsored 5K Race for DC Kids

The Youth Leadership Foundation Thanks Participants of 5K Race for DC Kids

DRT Strategies CEO Susan Kidd ( third from right) with WUSA9 Kristen Berset-Harris ( fourth from right) TAP alum Paul Fon (second from right) and YLF Executive Director Robert DeSimone (far right) at the Annual 5K Race for DC Kids

October 11, 2017 –

On October 7, 2017 the Fifth Annual 5K Race for DC Kids was held at Bluemont Park with record-breaking turn-out. $14,000 raised in support of the Youth Leadership Foundation through Title Sponsor, DRT Strategies, Inc., and additional sponsors Planet Depos and Koons Automotive. Over 140 participants supported this year's race, which was hosted by Kristen Berset-Harris of WUSA9’s Great Day Washington.

Support from the 5K will ensure the success of YLF programs (which serve 350 students annually) including the newly inaugurated high school mentoring program, which is already off to an energetic start. This past summer, 28 high school students participated in a shark-tank style social entrepreneurship challenge. Area business leaders, including DRT CEO Susan Kidd, engaged students in keystone business case studies and important lessons in business as they prepared their business proposals. DRT has raised over $150,000 in support of YLF since 2007 which has helped 1500 youth receive personal mentoring in the District of Columbia.

About DRT Strategies: DRT Strategies, Inc. (DRT) is a leading management and technology consulting firm providing information technology (IT) solutions, health information management, program management, and financial management solutions to federal agencies, the U. S. Navy and enterprise clients in the technology and financial services sectors. The company holds ISO 9001:2008 certification, has achieved CMMI-DEV Level 3, and is a certified woman-owned, small business (WOSB). DRT is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, and Kansas City, Missouri. More information on the company can be found at

About Youth Leadership Foundation: This year marks YLF’s 20th Anniversary. Since its inception, YLF has built the character of over 3,000 students and has seen 97% of them graduate from high school throughout the Nation’s Capital. Last year, YLF’s character-building programs served 348 youths in all wards of District of Columbia and Prince George’s County through 60 mentors. As a result of their participation with YLF, 92% of YLF students developed greater self-confidence; 83% reported positive changes in study and work habits; and 86% became more goal-oriented. YLF was recently selected by the Catalogue of Philanthropy: Greater Washington as “One of the Best” Nonprofits as part of the Class of 2017-18.

Additional event details can be found on the YLF website –


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