Our Story


In the words of Jaemellah Kemp, Founder, CEO & President…

 “IT TAKES TWO, INC is a God-given vision and I am just walking in it…"

It all started when it was time to send my son to kindergarten. I had a decision to make: buy school supplies or food for the week. I was able to do both with the help of family and friends, but challenging financial decisions such as these plague many single parent households on a daily basis.

At that time, God said that He was going to use me to help other single parents by awarding scholarships that pay for school supplies, books, and uniforms. This could be something you leave as a legacy for your son. Immediately, I disqualified myself because I felt that I was not in a position to take on a business with everything that was already on my plate – a single mother, working full-time, with a young man starting school in addition to pursuit of my degree. So, I sat on the vision for almost two years before I finally reached out to a lawyer friend who met with me to formulate our mission and vision. She filed all the necessary paperwork with the state and federal agencies. Within just a couple of months, February 2012, we were incorporated!

In just starting out, I didn’t have a board, vice president, secretary, treasurer – no one, but I knew it was time to move forward with the vision. I went to four women whom I could trust with this baby God entrusted me to raise. These ladies graciously accepted without question. In fact, one of them I had only known for a few months (this is just a testament of how God places people in your life without you knowing why).

Once all executive management positions were filled, I sat and thought well, what’s next? We have a game plan; we know how the scholarships will be awarded; a target audience has been identified. Where do we get the money from to pay out scholarships? This question was soon answered with a $1,000 donation from a previous co-worker who is now our Graphics Designer. This seed allowed us to award our first scholarships totaling $1,100 within just six months of launching! The inaugural year ended with a workshop discussing bullying and a poetry fundraiser to support our scholarship program.

This is just the beginning for IT TAKES TWO, INC. We are grateful for this opportunity to help relieve some of the financial burden of single parent households and to help Create Tomorrow’s Leaders Today by providing the basic necessities to excel in school. We will continue to offer workshops that address bullying, financial literacy, college and career readiness, youth entrepreneurship -  all of which are needed along a student’s academic journey as well as his or her transition to the real world.

IT truly does TAKE TWO!!! We hope that you join in on the cause.

Why? Because...

Our youth need support.

Life is hectic as an adult. Just imagine how challenging it is our for today's youth. The school house is no longer a safe haven, bullying, and suicide as a result are on the rise, yet they are expected to excel in a state of fear, and some simply just do not have a support system.

IT TAKES TWO, INC takes an intentional approach to addressing issues that youth face by having those difficult conversations through our Positioned for Greatness Youth Program, promoting education, celebrating literacy, hosting charitable events that allow students to showcase their talents.

We want to really make an impact.

On August 4, 2016, we held our first annual Scholarship and Honor Roll Awards Dinner hosted by Dr. Justine Love.

This was a space where we celebrated achievements from the 2015-2016 school year, college acceptance, and recognized our 2016-2017 Tools for Success Scholarship recipient, Mikeya Dunnigan. 

The most unique aspect of this night was that parents had the chance to award their children and share just how proud they are. There was no accomplishment too small - they all carried the same weight that day. 

The evening was captured by The Enquirer-Gazette.