What It Takes (WIT) is a national outreach initiative that connects highly successful minority entrepreneurs, scientists, professional athletes, businessmen, military and medical professionals etc. with hundreds of African-American males at risk of dropping out of high school. The mission of the program is to engage and motivate students towards success in their academic and professional endeavors. WIT is building upon these connections by establishing an e-mentoring component to the program. E-mentoring is a caring, structured relationship focused on the needs of the mentored participants that uses technology to connect people across time and/or distance. It provides greater flexibility for the mentee and mentors, enabling even those with constrained schedules to give back in a very big way.

An expansion of the Urban Youth’s What It Takes Symposiums, the e-mentoring effort in partnership with United Way of South Eastern PA (UWSEPA) aims to span the social networking, geographic and generational divide between mentors and mentees, while encouraging meaningful relationships. In particular, the program will focus on improving the boys’ emotional well-being, career awareness and attitudes towards school while helping black professional men become more involved in bettering their communities.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which promotes informed and engaged communities, is funding the effort with a $490,000 grant.


Time Commitment: Minimum of one-hour per week, any day any time as your schedule allows.

Location: Virtual, via social media platform.

Please spread the word and help us to recruit additional mentors by sharing this opportunity with your friends or networks. Help us to retain others to be a part of a team of successful African-American males providing critical mentoring and coaching support to encourage and motivate young men towards success.