About The Compelling Why

"The Compelling Why believes that with the right motivation and opportunity all students can create their best reality."

~Torrence H. Robinson, President and Founder

The Compelling Why (CW) is a nonprofit corporation established to ignite the passion in every young person to create their best reality by:

  • Reaching underserved "students of promise" in need of academic and life skill support
  • Directing them to school- and community-based education and youth service providers and resources
  • Preparing them to access postsecondary college and career training options
  • Increasing the number of students enrolled in academic and life-skill enrichment programs
  • Raising their awareness of the value of education


Business and community leaders serve as catalysts and role models who drive action during 1/2-day moderated discussions primarily with African American and Hispanic middle and high school “students of promise.” Immediately following these Success Sessions (seminars), students attend an “Opportunity Fair” where they interface directly with representatives from school- and community-based organizations.  The goal is to have students understand the importance of:

  • education
  • personal responsibility
  • self-motivation
  • active engagement

In addition to the 1/2-day Success Sessions, select schools are offered optional Leadership Sessions whereby industry volunteers introduce and lead discussions on the leadership attributes of integrity, commitment, emotional intelligence and collaboration. The Compelling Why believes that a well-rounded education that prepares youth for career success includes these workforce survival skills that are not emphasized in core academic curricula or tested on standardized tests.



All youth have the opportunity to access academic and life skill resources that allow them to create their best reality.



Measurably increase the number of traditionally under-served students enrolled in academic and life skill enrichment programs in their schools and communities by i) increasing students' perceived value of education; ii) encouraging personal responsibility; and iii) igniting the self-motivation to maximize their potential.