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Franklin Institute holds “What It Takes” symposium for male youths

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March 7, 2011 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: The Franklin Institute had a healthy turnout of youths participating in the “What It Takes” symposium last week.


The fifth “What It Takes” symposium of personal improvement was hosted by the Franklin Institute on February 28. Over 250 boys from schools in Philly was there to listen to the teachers, mentors and celebrities to help guide them.


“What It Takes” is a collective of diverse parents, clergy, concerned corporate citizens, celebrities, educators and government. Their mission is to ‘inspire the young men in our communities to focus on education so they can create meaningful goals for success.’



PHOTO: CBS NFL sports commentator James Brown (c) poses with Urban Youth Racing School and “What It Takes” event founder Anthony Martin (l) and the Sixers’ Andre Iglodala.

Photos by Webster Riddick


Anthony Martin, the founder of “What It Takes” and the “Urban Youth Racing School” is an sports marketing expert. UYRS uses innovative educational techniques to teach urban students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Martin has been recognized as one of the 70 most influential African American men in the automotive industry.


Participating speakers also included: Howard White – VP Sports Marketing Air Jordan Brand, Nike; Anthony Carter – Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson Inc.; Aubrey Watkins – Senior Procurement Analyst, Biology Lead Global Procurement Merck & Co.,Inc; Octavius Reid, lll – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Senior VP,Wealth Advisor; Eddie Chambers- #1 Boxing Heavyweight Contender; Dwayne Edwards- Director of Design Air Jordan Brand, Nike; Hershel Turner – Command Sergeant Major US Army; Rev. Carvin Haggins – Grammy Winning Producer, Co-founder Kharma Music & Forever Music Inc.; Derrick Brooks – Partner Arete Sports Agency and Tony Mulrain – Managing Partner Gordan & Ree LLP, Atlanta Office National Chair, Sports Media & Ent.

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