Y Achievers Program


Y Achievers

Y Achievers is a signature YMCA of the USA program designed to help teens of color set and pursue educational and career goals, resulting in graduation and acceptance into institutions of higher learning, skilled trades, and other careers. At the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Y ACHIEVERS expands on this goal by providing mentorship, community connections, and workshop activities designed to give 7th - 10th grade youth the tools they need to succeed in high school and beyond.

Student Registration   Adult Achiever Inquiry

Program Objectives:

  • Expose youth to career and college knowledge through the lens of professionals who look like them. We believe that children cannot aspire to be what they cannot see.
  • Help youth develop individual talents, a positive sense of self, and leadership ability.
  • Motivate participants to raise academic performance, succeed in school, and gain marketable skills.


Y Achievers sessions will take place virtually via Zoom until further notice. Our first session of 2021 will be on Thursday, April 22 from 4 - 6 PM. After April 22, sessions will be held every other Thursday from 4 - 6 PM continuing until June.


Research shows that teens are more motivated to succeed in life when encouraged and guided by caring adults. Teens are also more likely to succeed when in community with others who share similar values and aspirations. With that in mind, Y Achievers provides a space for students to connect with each other and with successful role models (Adult Achievers) who provide academic and career-related mentoring and support.

YOUTH ACHIEVERS (7th - 10th graders)

In bi-weekly sessions, our Scholars, as we refer to them, explore careers, college, and social justice through group discussions, “World of Work” tours, and guest speakers. Scholars also take part in activities to build confidence, strengthen communication skills, improve study habits, and manage stress.

Adult Achiever Opportunities
Adult mentorship is by far the biggest asset of Y Achievers. Adult Achievers provide an invaluable connection between the
corporate world and the local community by developing and conducting programming that allows participants to become linked to education, business and industry.

Career Cluster Leader
Assist in the design and implementation of workshops and projects related to specific careers of interest or expertise. This is a Saturday commitment during the Academic School Year.

Adult Achiever Program Leader
Lead the implementation of workshops and other activities geared toward helping programs participants improve their knowledge of the college-going process, personal/professional etiquette, public speaking and other topics within the five programmatic thrusts. Assist in the design and implementation of workshops and projects related to specific careers of interest or expertise. This is a year long in school (weekday) program commitment during the Academic School Year. (At least once per month)

Corporate Opportunities
Is your company looking for ways to give back? Y Achievers has several opportunities for them to support our efforts
to mentor youth for the future of tomorrow. Corporate sponsorships increase our capacity to provide quality programming,
offer workshops, take field trips, and expand the support services offered.

For registration or more information, contact David Shoemaker at dshoemaker@ymcapgh.org.

Y Achievers Sponsors


Y Achievers Program

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