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


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


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


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


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

  • Sessions take place at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA

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


Kindergarten through eighth grades

Teens looking at notebook in YMCA's youth mentoring program

Financial Assistance

The Y is for everyone. If you're looking for financial help, we offer affordable membership and program rates based on household income. Learn more about our financial assistance program. Please stop by the branch or give us a call to discuss whether you are eligible for assistance.

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.

YMCA Youth Achievers Mini College Tour and Day Trip

YMCA Youth Achievers Day Trip

The YMCA Youth Achievers Spring Break Mini College Tour and Day Trip is a one-day experience for youth ages 7-14 in the YMCA Youth Achievers Program who are not yet eligible for the week-long high school tour. Younger achievers get an early exposure to possible academic interests and will learn more about themselves. Youth will have the opportunity to build relationships with their peers and adult leaders through a variety of college and career readiness, STEM, and cultural enrichment activities.

Open to youth ages 7-14 years who are current participants in the YMCA Youth Achievers Program.

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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