WE'VE ENCOURAGED AND EMPOWERED OVER 360 CHILDREN TO AIM HIGH. HERE'S HOW:

Education

EDUCATION

Middle school students from the most scholastically challenged institutions in our region are brought to our workplace. We expose them to careers in medicine, law, journalism, politics and clergy to name a few, but most importantly we give them a PLAN OF HOW TO BECOME these professions .

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Mentorship

MENTORSHIP

Our students have an opportunity to be paired with a professional in the field which they have the greatest affinity. Additionally, rising 9th grade students are eligible for summer internships to further hone the skills of their chosen career. These internships may continue throughout high school. Both allow for a year long continuation of the mentor mentee relationship.

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Facilitation

FACILITATION

Homelessness of our students, diminished parental/guardian participation and scarce personnel and resources of our sister institutions are the most common barriers to programmatic success among our students. We provide administrative assistance to our institutions so that participation is not burdensome.

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ITP exposes a new generation of physicians.

January 26, 2017

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Today the students of It Takes Philly visited Temple University Medical School.  Here they received a first snap shot of the excitement, work and dedication needed to be a doctor. 

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THE HISTORY OF IT TAKES PHILLY

IT TAKES PHILLY, INC. was built on the hypothesis that inner city youth who are exposed to professionals and have direct contact and feedback regarding goal setting, valuing yourself, delayed gratification and learning that they are directly responsible for their success in life, are more likely to succeed in their professional and personal goals. Therefore, this program is expressly designed to expose children to professions that exist within and outside of their communities, to show them that we as professional people and members of society are invested and care about their future.

The students participate in a variety of field trips hosted by volunteer professionals. Students arrive at participating locations for presentation, Q&A, tour and lunch. A pre-test and post-test are given to the students to assess knowledge acquisition. Near the end of the school year, the students are asked to participate in an essay contest. One winner from each school will be selected. Funding for the entire program has been generously donated by the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation. LEARN MORE >

FEATURED VOLUNTEERS

*BOARD MEMBERS

  • Jenice Armstrong, Columnist, Philadelphia Daily News
  • Charlene Brown, Secretary Pediatric Surgery, AMH
  • Casey Coleman, Graduate Student, Temple
  • Rukiya Davis, Director Abington Gerstadt Center
  • Shirley Dennis, RN, Philanthropist, Dixon School of Nursing, AMH
  • Jeanine Fulginiti, CRNP, Pediatric Surgery, AMH
  • Michael Goings, Community Relations Coordinator, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Vanessa Greaney, Merchandise Coordinator, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Sabrina Harris*, Esq., Director of Diversity, AMH
  • Judi McMichael, Secretary, Pediatric Surgery AMH
  • Dion Payne, Executive Chef, AMH
  • Honorable Craig Washington, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge
  • Leslie Woods*, Talent Acquistion Consultant-Seaton Corp.
  • Shannon Ryan Kimmel*, Esq. Legal Consultant
  • Marshall Mitchell*, Pastor Salem Baptist Church
  • Ala Stanford, MD*, Pediatric Surgeon
  • Kamau Stanford*, Educational Consultant, Stanford Ed.
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Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation
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School District of Philadelphia
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Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown
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Abington Memorial Hospital
IT TAKES PHILLY

IT TAKES LEADERSHIP

We believe in inspiring youth by giving them great mentors, aspirational examples. Meet our leaders.
DR. ALA STANFORD FREY

DR. ALA STANFORD

FOUNDER, DIRECTOR Ala Stanford, MD is passionate about improving the lives of children. As a pediatric surgeon she is committed to the health and wellness of our youth.  It Takes Philly is an extension of her commitment to our most vulnerable and impressionable citizens. At ITP, Inc. "We plant seeds of possibility in fertile minds to explore and pursue greatness."
-A.Stanford

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KAMAU STANFORD

KAMAU STANFORD

Board Member, Program Coordinator Kamau Stanford has been an educator nationally and abroad for over a decade.  Entrenched within the Philadelphia landscape, Mr. Stanford is always working with students, families and civic leaders for the continued advancement of its residents.

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SHANNON RYAN KIMMEL, ESQ.

SHANNON RYAN KIMMEL, ESQ.

Board Member, Legal Consultant Shannon Ryan Kimmel sits on the Board of ITP and serves in an advisory capacity.  Previously, she represented consumers in consumer protection lawsuits.

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LESLIE WOOD

LESLIE WOOD

Board Member, Secretary Leslie Wood sits on the Board of ITP and serves in an advisory capacity. “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

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ABINGTON, PA 19001
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IT TAKES PHILLY, INC is a 501c3 non-profit organization