URBAN YOUTH’S WHAT IT TAKES SYMPOSIUMS AND E-MENTORING PROGRAMS ARE PARTNERSHIPS THAT CAN ENRICH LIVES ON EVERY LEVEL
“WHAT IT TAKES” SYMPOSIUMS and the E-MENTORING PROGRAM are designed to teach boys ages 14-18 in urban areas “what it takes’’ to be successful in work and life via relationships with caring, ethical, well-regarded men. Mentors with backgrounds in business, finance, technology, medicine, law, and athletics provide the boys with ongoing emotional and academic support (in person and online), with special attention paid to science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. This is a mutually rewarding program with the potential to change lives.
When students are connected with positive role models through the program, they are able to:
- Learn more about career options, with special attention to science, technology, engineering and math careers
- Improve their time management skills Set goals and improve their decision-making skills Use technology to become global citizens
- Gain access to caring, competent adults Increase their self-efficacy Learn to ask for help when needed Develop their own identity and improve their self-esteem
“What It Takes” mentors interact with students within two primary program components:
- Social Media Small Groups – These structured, curriculum-based mentoring setups pair three students to each mentor. This group meets weekly at a minimum to discuss college, careers and life scenarios.
- Hands-On Experience & Training – Mentors can meet with students face-to-face during small group visits and large group symposiums to teach mentees life lessons and important professional skills.