Inside of you lies incredible potential!

Believe it or not, there are people out there who care about you and want to encourage you to be all you can be.

It also takes one very important ingredient… a good education.

We believe in you and your ability to stretch yourself to achieve more than you ever dreamed possible.

YOU control your destiny, and with the help of mentors, partners and resources of The Compelling Why, you will do it. Remember, you’re not alone.

We are here to help you reach your goals and aspirations and make those dreams come true.

First Step: Attend a Success Session

Seminars are geared toward African-American and Hispanic high school and middle school students of promise – youth who may be straddling the fence in school between “just getting by” and “being all they can be.”

Through moderated panel discussions, students are provided the opportunity to learn from and interact with successful business and community leaders who “have walked in your shoes” speak with authenticity and cultural credibility.

The seminars stress the importance and value of educationpurpose, personal responsibility and active engagement.

These important life lessons are reinforced through panelist personal stories on how they overcame seemingly impossible obstacles.

You will be challenged with a call-to-action to engage in programs that prepare you for success in college and your future career. Academic enrichment and youth development programs, already available on your campuses and in your community are featured during an Opportunity Fair so you can easily and immediately learn more about those programs and enroll.

Seminars are held at partner university campuses and segmented by gender and ethnicity to help maximize impact on participants.

To attend, ask your teacher, counselor or principal to contact The Compelling Why at

“Realize my full potential.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Take action! View our partners and get connected with one of education and youth service organizations. Also, consider one of the school-based organizations that are already on your campus. Go see your counselor!

Yes! Send your request to and we will forward your request to the panelist.

One way to stay connected is by signing up to receive communications from CW. Periodically, we will send college preparation and local event information directly to your email or phone so you have access to the latest resources and opportunities to help you reach your post-high school goals. Another way is by viewing the CW videos. Several CW Success Sessions were filmed, and we have edited them down to some of the most memorable and inspiring moments. Check it out!

Sign up to receive communications from CW. Decisions regarding spring and fall Success Session are made collaboratively between CW and your school district.

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