YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Y Achievers

Y AchieversY Achievers is a national YMCA program designed to help teens set and pursue high educational and career goals resulting in graduation and acceptance into a post-secondary institute or adoption of a vocation. Y Achievers helps teens improve academic performance, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and interact with professionals who serve as role models.

Y Achievers is year-round, enrolling new freshmen each fall. During the school year, students participate in weekly afterschool sessions and monthly Saturday Summits. Students also take part in job shadowing opportunities and college tours. During the summer, eligible rising juniors and seniors are provided the opportunity to work in paid summer internships.

Y Achievers serves students from varying academic levels. Students are identified through assistance from Communities In Schools site coordinators, school counselors, teachers, and administrators.

Y Achievers was first conceived in 1967 by Quentin Mease under the label Young Black Achievers of Houston at the South Central YMCA in Houston, Texas. The program was designed to motivate African-American teens to academic and career success. In 1987, the Y's National Black Achievers Network (BAN) was organized to coordinate and promote programs at the local level. YMCAs across the country have adopted the Achievers program and there are more than 165 active programs today.
Y Achievers White Pages
Y Achievers Schools

The Y For EducationFor more information about Y Achievers, contact Michelle Mosko or Renatta Dover, Sr. Program Directors for High School Initiatives: michelle.mosko@ymcacharlotte.org, 704 716 6390 or renatta.dover@ymcacharlotte.org, 704 716 6364. 

YMCA Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.