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Our Program

The goal of the YMCA Black Achievers Program is to educate and expose youth in grades six through twelve to various career fields in the business industry as well as promote and encourage students to further their education to post-secondary institutions. The Program uses adult African Americans who have achieved success in the professional and/or work world as role models for students.


Exposing students to a wide variety of careers while assisting them in developing the skills that are necessary to compete successfully in the marketplace. Developing the individual talents, academic, and leadership capabilities of each youth participant while instilling a greater sense of self-confidence. Providing constructive recreational, artistic and social opportunities as a means of achieving a well-balanced life. Encouraging corporations and businesses to employ youth in the programs as interns and summer replacements. Assisting student and their parents in identifying and qualifying for financial resource and scholarships to continue their post-secondary education.

Presenting adult black achievers and community Volunteers to the youth as positive role models. Affording students the opportunity to explore and develop skills in broad career clusters. Each career cluster will examine a wide range of job description which requires various levels of training after high school.

What do they do?

The YMCA Black Achievers Program begins with a one day orientation workshop during which students register and are introduced to the activities and guidelines of the program. Youth have the opportunity to take company tours and participate in training and counseling sessions. Other activities include self-esteem workshops, black history showcase, SAT preparation workshop, career clusters, college tours, recreational activities, youth banquet and oratorical contest.

Youth in the YMCA Black Achievers Program may enroll in the following career clusters: Arts, Communications, Engineering, Health/Medical, Law, Military, Business, Computers, Modeling and Law Enforcement

To enroll you must be in grades six through twelve. There is a program registration fee per student. A multiple student discount is given. There are no scholastic requirements to enroll. Enrollment is held in August and September.

For more information contact: Thelma C. Harold at 828-578-6993 or Teen Center at 828-322-9384 or at [email protected]

Ready to become a member of our community and start achieving your goals?

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