YMCA of Greater Louisville

Chestnut Street Family YMCA

930 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40203 502 587 7405
  • Monday — Sunday 5 AM - 10 PM


YMCA Youth Achievers is a way to jump-start a youth’s success in life. Programs are designed to mentor youth in elementary and middle school, by providing them a holistic program designed to promote positive development through culturally-sensitive curriculum.



Program Orientation will be held on August 14, 2021, from 9 am-12 pm.

Sessions are held monthly from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays scheduled during the school year August-April.

Senior Sessions are held monthly July-March.

View Program Calendar (PDF)


YMCA Black Achievers: $85
YMCA Youth Achievers: $65

Financial assistance is available to assist with program fee. Some participants may be eligible to have their full program fee waived through designated grants funding. Complete the application (PDF) and program registration form and return to the Black Achievers office.

Please contact DeVonne Sorel at 502.587.7405 or at dsorel@ymcalouisville.org for more information.


The YMCA Youth Achiever cluster is for elementary school youth (for grades K-5) while the middle school cluster focuses on youth in middle school (for grades 6-8). Middle School cluster is also specially designed to teach life skills, encourage leadership development, and prepare youth not just for high school, but for life as well.

Youth Achievers are offered social emotional enrichment, academic enrichment, community service projects and special events that include:
  • Mentorship from Professional Role-Models
  • Leader in Me Workshops
  • Health and Wellness
  • Financial Literacy Activities
  • STEAM Activities
  • Mini College Tours
  • College & Career Fair
  • Educational and Entertaining Fieldtrips
  • Community Service Projects
  • Multi-Cultural Experience
  • Special YMCA Events


We serve youth in grades K-8. No scholastic requirement to enroll.


Volunteers are a crucial part of our programs – mentoring and guiding our students to become who they are destined to be. Interested in volunteering? View our volunteer opportunities (PDF) and complete a volunteer application (PDF) and send to DeVonne Sorel, dsorel@ymcalouisville.org.


If you would like additional information on our Youth Achievers Program, please contact DeVonne Sorel at dsorel@ymcalouisville.org.


YMCA Black Achievers was founded in 1971 by members of the New York Harlem YMCA. Since the program’s successful inauguration, it has been established in 135 sites throughout the U. S. One of the largest is located at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA.

Since 1979, the YMCA Black Achievers at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA has encouraged and inspired youth to pursue their educational and career goals. Walter Barnes was the Executive Director of the Chestnut Street Family YMCA when the program began in Louisville. He, along with other visionary leaders, sought to prepare young men and women for the global workplace. Since its founding locally, thousands of adult achievers have served as mentors and role models and through significant corporate and community support has provided millions of dollars in scholarship support for students to pursue their education.
Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.