YMWIC’s mission is to empower and prepare economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in (STEM) careers through academic tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance programs, accomplished by leveraging alliances with K‐12 school districts, universities, corporations, and our committed partners.
YMIC began with an idea generated by its founder and President, Mr. Richard Roberts III. As a young engineering student at Widener University, Richard took note that there were not very many young men of color in his program of study. As a professional in the engineering field, he also found that colleagues from minority groups were few and far between. He began to formulate a concept: a program that would support African American and Latino males to develop their academic skills and gain the social supports they would need to be successful in college and in their careers.
Initially, a few programs were provided through volunteer efforts, but in 2007, YMIC became incorporated; and in 2010, received its 501 c3 non-profit certification to provide services to youth in 5th through 12th grades in Philadelphia and it’s suburban communities.
During the 2013-2014 program year, YMIC opened its doors to young women and began doing business as (d.b.a.) Young Men and Women In Charge (YMWIC) Foundation, Inc. to include programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related leadership to young men and young women.
We accomplish our mission by embracing a family model that provides individually targeted services: academic support and tutoring; involvement of the family in each young scholar’s program; participation in YMWIC programs, such as robotics competition and college tours; and assignment to a personal mentor in the STEM professions. Once enrolled in the organization, each young scholar and his/her family becomes part of the YMWIC family. They make a commitment to stay in the program until high school graduation, to participate fully in program activities and maintain a high grade point average. While in college, thanks to the commitment of our corporate partners, each scholar who maintains the Foundation’s academic requirements and standards will be eligible to receive scholarship support and participate in internships that will prepare them for STEM careers.
Our Board & Staff
Board of Directors
Aaron Cunningham, Senior Engineering Manager, AT&T
Gilbert Davis, Interium Associate CIO, IS/HIM, Business Operations, Training, Business Continuity, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Michael King, Partner, Deloitte Consulting
Richard Roberts, III, Executive Director, YMWIC
Vincent Ross, Regional Business Manager, Monsanto Company
Joanne Santomauro, CEO, Ancillare
Preston Hawkins, CPA
Larry Gladney, Ph.D.
Robin Holland, CPA
Kathryn Kailikole, Ph.D.