WIT - Whatever It Takes

empowering t(w)eens to do Whatever It Takes

aka WIT   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.doingwit.org

Mission

To provide t(w)eens access to entrepreneur education and opportunities through college credit courses, business accelerators, and access to a network of adult entrepreneurs in a variety of fields.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Sarah Hernholm

Main address

3200 Sixth Avenue 207

San Diego, CA 92103 USA

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EIN

27-1276677

NTEE code info

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

WIT Programs

There are three ways you can “do WIT”.

One way is to take a college-credit class.

WIT courses are hosted virtually and are less expensive than most college classes. They also provide an opportunity to work in a cohort of 5-15 like-minded peers. partnership with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Extension. Courses include: Intro to Social Entrepreneurship + Leadership, Give Back, Small Business Management, Intro to PR + Marketing.

Another program is the virtual WIT Community (WC) where t(w)eens develop in the areas of the 3 Cs:

CONFIDENCE
WC members increase their self-confidence by participating in a variety of activities such as public speaking, co-hosting panels, and paid leadership roles.

COMPETENCE
WC members develop greater competence in the areas of business development, networking, online presence, and making the “ask”.

CONNECTION
WC members are introduced to like-minded teens around the world. They also connect with CEOs, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, public officials, and people who can get press for their business.

The third program option is Camp WIT.

Camp WIT is a weeklong virtual entrepreneur bootcamp for teen entrepreneurs that culminates in a pitch competition with $1000 in cash prizes.Camp WIT is a place where t(w)een entrepreneurs can come together in the summer and get valuable access to people, opportunities, and experiences …. and win $$$$.

Camp WIT gives teen entrepreneurs the chance to connect and learn from over 20 entrepreneurs from multiple fields. All of them there to help you prep for the final pitch competition.


Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The current school system does not provide young people with the tools needed to be prepared for the “real world”.

WIT's unique programs give young people the opportunity and access to develop:

life-skills
self-confidence
emotional intelligence
business acumen
personal responsibility
leadership skills

WIT provides t(w)eens needed access to gain knowledge and real-world experience.
As a result, they gain confidence and life-skills.

WIT provides access to the “do WIT” lifestyle and programs to support the t(w)een entrepreneur. The programs include:

college-credit entrepreneur programs
business accelerators
access to a network of adult entrepreneurs in a variety of fields.

The more tweens + teens who get access to these programs, the closer we get to hitting our goal for helping young people become self-sustaining contributing members of society.

Utilizing and building on already existing partnerships.

Increasing awareness through the strategic marketing campaigns.

Increasing donor participation and sponsorships.

Over the last decade WIT has been able to work with over 1,000 youth from around the country and most recently we've expanded to outside the country.

The move to virtual programming is allowing us to reach even more tweens and teens.

Financials

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WIT - Whatever It Takes

Board of directors
as of 09/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Bruce

Zovio

Sarah Hernholm

WIT

Janna Hernholm

Sotheby's Hernholm Group

Josh Nelson

Senior Art Director ViTro

Jennifer Bruce

Zovio

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/19/2021

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Leadership

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