Mentors needed to help Philadelphia students learn “What It Takes”

We are very excited to announce a new partnership with the What it Takes Foundation! Through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the What It Takes Foundation in Philadelphia began a new initiative this week. Their new e-mentoring program aims to provide a safe, secure environment to connect high potential but low performing young black men with successful black male role models.

We are excited to provide the e-mentoring platform for What It Takes to expand their reach while ensuring the safety of all the students involved. In this pilot program, 200 ninth-grade boys in Philadelphia will each be paired with a mentor based on career interest. Mentoring will be carried out completely online and mentors only need to commit one hour per week, per mentee.

This new partnership requires more than just an online mentoring platform and financial support; it requires more mentors! If you or someone you know meets the requirements to be an e-mentor for this program, we encourage you to sign up and help spread the word.

The requirements to be a mentor for the What It Takes e-mentoring program are:

  • Black males, age 21+
  • Highly successful entrepreneur or professional
  • Able to inspire students, through support and guidance, to focus on education so they can create meaningful goals for success
  • Able to commit to structured, online, meaningful exchanges with their mentee a minimum of once per week for at least 9 months
  • Able to participate in face-to-face contact with their mentees at What It Takes Symposia

Notable past What It Takes panelists include Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Charles Barkley, Pensole CEO D’Wayne Edwards, SVP of Air Jordan Brand, Nike Howard White, Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers players such as DaSean Jackson and Andre Iguadala, US Army General Barrye Price, Steven A. Smith and James “JB” Brown of ESPN, and host of BET’s 106 & Park Terrence J.

This program can make a huge difference in these young men’s lives. Please help us spread the word to partner these kids with great online mentors! To learn more or register please head over to


One response to “Mentors needed to help Philadelphia students learn “What It Takes”

  1. This is a good initiative and effort. I will share the word about this program. I am asking for an expansion of this program for African American females too as there is no one component of the African Family that requires healing, correction and support. With the increasing African American female incarceration rates, high infant mortality rates and general loss of morality in African American communities, expedited efforts to counter this continuing dissolution of our very existence are necessary posthaste.
    -Iya Adjua

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