Next Step Program Offers Young Professionals Scholarships

Posted by Auto Care News on January 24, 2017

BETHESDA, MD – January 25, 2017 – The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) and the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) will offer young industry professionals the opportunity to experience up-close how the Auto Care Association and various aspects of the industry work through participation in the Next Step Program. The Next Step Program offers future leaders in the auto care industry the opportunity to become involved in the industry and trade association by receiving scholarships to attend the Auto Care Association’s Spring Leadership Days, May 3-5, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Regency, San Antonio, Texas.  

“As young people become more connected and involved in the industry, they are more likely to build long-lasting careers in auto care,” says Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “Future involvement and leadership are the ultimate goals of the Next Step Program.” 

At the Auto Care Association Spring Leadership Days, Next Steppers will have the chance to participate in committee meetings and networking events with veteran industry leaders. Ten Next Steppers will receive a scholarship of up to $1,100 to offset most expenses for travel and accommodations to, from and during the event. Most meals are also included.

Interested applicants must be a member of YANG and employed by a member company of the Auto Care Association. The official application is available on the Auto Care Association website, or by contacting Courtney Hammer at Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. 

About YANG 
The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) is a program of the Auto Care Association providing auto care professionals under the age of 40 the opportunity to network with industry peers, enhance knowledge and improve leadership capabilities. YANG was formed with a desire to help young professionals establish a circle of peers with which to grow alongside in their careers. Participants are future executive-level staffers of the auto care industry that see the value in establishing connections with other young professionals who will one day be business owners and key decision-makers.   

About AWDA 
AWDA represents more than 600 of North America’s top distributors and manufacturers of motor vehicle parts and supplies. The 69-year-old organization is a key segment community of the Auto Care Association. Visit

About the Auto Care Association
Based in Bethesda, Md., the Auto Care Association has nearly 3,000 member companies that represent some 150,000 independent automotive businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service and repair. Visit