The following is a letter from Anthony Martin, the founder of What it Takes, talking about the recent launch of an e-mentoring program and the need for volunteer mentors.
My efforts to engage more inner city students in science, technology, engineering and math led me to found the Urban Youth Racing School (UYRS) 14 years ago. UYRS helps more inner city students become interested in science, technology, engineering and math through the motorsports industry. The What It Takes foundation emerged from my efforts at UYRS but now we’re adding another critical component: mentoring.
Our newest program turns the focus to e-mentoring. Through e-mentoring we can motivate students and help them look ahead to higher education and career success and—most importantly—lead by example. E-mentoring means every adult who wants to mentor and give back to kids who need them, now can. The technology actually helps connect mentors and mentees more often and in deeply meaningful ways.
What It Takes has partnered with icouldbe.org, who provides the online mentoring platform, structured activities and impressive security and safety features. Our program will match 200 black boys from Philadelphia with successful black professionals. These men will serve as e-mentors—offering guidance, knowledge and honest answers to these high potential students, who too often don’t find the support they need to find success in school and life.
January is National Mentoring Month and I implore any eligible candidate to spend 30 minutes a week as an e-mentor—it will change a child’s life. Recruiting dedicated and diverse mentors is essential to our efforts to motivate and inspire these incredible young men. We need professionals across all career fields to sign up right away.
We need mentors for this important program! If you fulfill the requirements and have what it takes, I’m calling on you to please register to be an e-mentor and make a difference in a child’s life.
Co-founder of What it Takes