The YMCA Black Achievers program is an academic achievement/career development initiative for high school youth and teens of color. The name “Black Achievers” represents and describes the historical origin and mission. Today, however, the YMCA Black Achievers program is like the national YMCA movement, multi-racial and gender-balanced.

The Black Achievers Program reaches into the heart of the community for both its Adult and Teen Achievers. By recognizing and utilizing the talents of professionals of color who are successful in their careers, the program brings inspiration and positive influences into the lives of Teen Achievers.


To be the leading resource in preparing young people for their futures. Black Achievers accomplishes this by providing leadership experiences for existing and emerging community leaders, as well as increasing community reinvestment of local businesses and organizations.


To help teens of color set and pursue high educational and career goals resulting in high school graduation and acceptance into and graduation from an institution of higher learning and successful entry into a career of their choosing.


To support, encourage, and equip teens with skills and competencies needed to gain acceptance to and graduate from institutions of higher learning and successful entry into the workforce. These goals are facilitated through academic support, career exploration, college preparation and leadership development.

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