whatever it takes

Based in San Diego with locations in Austin, and New York City, WIT provides the only 6 unit college credit social entrepreneur and leadership program in the country along with hosting Do WIT teen-only hackathons around the country.

WIT CLASS LOCATION INFO


San Diego -
Carmel Valley -- Mondays 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Downtown Works -- Tuesdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm

New York City -
Google Headquarters -- Wednesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm 

Austin -
Capital Factory -- Wednesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm 

DO WIT hackathon LOCATION INFO

San Diego - Downtown Works
Austin - Google HQ
New York City - varies

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A Little Background

WIT Founder, Sarah Hernholm, painted these 3 words on a banner and hung it in her classroom. It became the motto of that class and all the classes she taught during her teaching career. 

In 2009, Sarah left teaching and focused on creating a platform where youth could get their ideas heard and serve in leadership roles within their community. This platform became WIT, the only college credit social entrepreneur and leadership course in the country for high school teens. Upon completion of the course, teens earn 6 units of college credit from UCSD. Teens accepted into WIT learn how to design and launch, manage and measure, a social enterprise or project. Over the years teens have launched enterprises that have made a local and national impact. In addition to the WIT college credit program, Sarah launched Smart City Saturday, now called, Do WIT. The Do WIT program hosts teen-only hackathons around the country. At these hackathons teens get to tackle real problems and pitch their solutions to city officials, CEOs, entrepreneurs and leaders.

And guess what?! 

Teens in our program fail! We think that’s ok and so does Entrepreneur magazine. Why? Because today's teens aren't given any space to learn how to take risks, rebound from failure and develop the fortitude and self-awareness needed to be successful in life. WIT provides that space and platform. 

Interested? Apply Today

WIT college credit program application HERE

Do WIT hackathon application HERE

Are you an adult interested in learning more about WIT? Send us an email, too! info@doingwit.org. 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you feel inspired to support teens doing Whatever It Takes to make the world a better place.