Teens planting trees at YMCA's youth mentoring program

YMCA Youth Achievers

The YMCA's Youth Achievers is a youth mentoring program for kids in elementary and middle school who will learn culturally sensitive curriculum.

YMCA Youth Achievers

Youth Achievers

The YMCA Youth Achievers Program helps youth gain a sense of self, build character, and develop cultural competence skills. Many youth who participate in the Youth Achievers Program elect to participate in the YMCA Black Achievers Program when they enter high school.

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Why the Y

  • SELF-ESTEEM

    When you feel good about yourself, you have the courage to try new things and have new experiences.

  • LEADERSHIP SKILLS

    The Y offers programs that mentor teens and young adults by exposing them to leadership opportunities.

  • MAKE NEW FRIENDS

    The Y is a friendly, inclusive, and safe place for your child to expand their social skills and make lifelong friendships.

  • CONFIDENCE

    Children gain the confidence they need to try new things, make new friends, and do well in school.

Locations
  • Sessions take place at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA
Schedule

Monthly on Saturdays at 9 a.m. during the program year. Please contact the branch for location information and detailed scheduling.

Starting Price

Starting at $65

Ages

Kindergarten through eighth grades

Financial assistance is available. 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.

Teens looking at notebook in YMCA's youth mentoring program

Financial assistance is available. 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.

Safety First!

Safety is our top priority. We follow all CDC guidelines, along with those from state and local officials, to ensure we provide the healthiest environment possible.

Program Levels

  • Elementary School

    The elementary school cluster is for grades K-5.

  • Middle School

    Middle school cluster is for grades 6-8. The middle school cluster is also especially designed to teach life skills, encourage leadership development and prepare youth not just for high school, but for life as well.

Ready to Register?

Use the button below to see upcoming sessions that are currently available for online registration.

If no sessions are available for registration, please contact the branch to learn when the next session is scheduled.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of enrichment do participants receive?

What kind of enrichment do participants receive?

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
  • STEM activities
  • Mini-college Tours
  • College and career fair
  • Educational and entertaining field trips
  • Community service projects
  • Multicultural experiences
  • Special YMCA events

How do I volunteer?

How do I volunteer?

Volunteers are a crucial part of our programs, mentoring and guiding our students to become who they're destined to be. Interested in volunteering? View our volunteer opportunities (PDF) and complete a volunteer application (PDF) and send to the Black Achievers office.

Are there any prerequisites to enroll?

Are there any prerequisites to enroll?

No scholastic requirement to enroll.

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