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.


We'll be shooting some hoops, touring the branch and community garden, and giving away some swag bags and gift cards. If your child needs transportation, we will be able to provide them with a Day Pass for Pittsburgh Port Authority buses. Pizza and refreshments will be provided!


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. WHY

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.



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

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