The Y Achievers Program gives teens an increased exposure to career development and focus for a successful college career.

About Y Achievers

The YMCA’s Achievers programs boost academic achievement and career success for minority and underserved youth, creating confident youth and stronger communities. The Achievers program equips middle school and high school teens with the skills they need to graduate from post-secondary institutions and successfully enter the workforce.

How Does It Work

Each teen enrolled in the Y Achievers program will be expected to attend weekly meetings. The meetings will be centered around a curriculum that focuses on life skills, career development, college preparation, and developing a positive sense of self. In addition to the weekly meetings, once a month Achievers will be responsible for attending a Cluster Workshop. The workshops will serve the purpose of unifying Achievers from across the YMCA of Greater Richmond, as well as give them opportunities to hear from guest speakers that have expertise on the curriculum topics for that particular month.

Program cost is FREE, and transportation is provided if needed.

How Can You Support Our Achievers?

Volunteer support is integral to the Y Achievers program. Volunteers are encouraged to support the Achievers program by giving their commitment and time to the program.  Volunteers can:

  • assist with program planning (workshop preparation),
  • assist with special events (Saturday clusters, induction ceremony, end of year gala),
  • leading a workshop or meeting as a subject matter expert on our curriculum topics,
  • support the program through financial contributions to help alleviate some of the costs of college tours, supplies, food, and other special events that may take place throughout the course of the year.

If you are a career professional and interested in becoming a partner, would like to volunteer as a professional guest speaker, or for more information, contact our Association Teen Director Isabel Nofsker.