Y-Achievers builds on the strengths of our youth and their families with a focus on ensuring personal well-being in spirit, mind, and body.
Our inclusive programming creates a caring, genuine, and safe environment while nurturing strategic collaborative partnerships.
Y-Achievers assists youth in 6th through 12th grade, with a focus on those who are not achieving their full potential. Our youth find success in and out of school by setting and achieving educational and career goals that will result in high school graduation and a successful post-secondary plan. Y-Achievers focuses on developing a pipeline of future leaders. Our structure, policies, and practices make a significant difference in the lives of our youth and the communities where we live.
We believe every person and every community deserves the chance to thrive – regardless of age, income, or background. Together, we work to address the many challenges facing our young people and our community.
6to16 is a college readiness curriculum and set of learning experiences that fosters the beliefs, knowledge, skills, and support needed to successfully complete high school and college. Published by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, the curriculum strengthens academic preparation and promotes current and future educational goals. It includes core unit plans for each grade level and extensive supplemental touch points that fit any classroom or program.
Programs are delivered at sites throughout the city based on the needs of the population served. Y-Achievers meet two days a week for 1.5 hours from October to May. Programming offered during the school day follows the school calendar. Each YMCA branch is also providing the Y-Achievers program. Every staff member and volunteer is trained on the Positive Youth Development Framework, Trauma Informed approach, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Diversity and Inclusion and what it means to be a mandatory reporter.
21ST CENTURY SKILLS
Y-Achievers understands the need to develop 21st century citizens that are globally aware and ready for life. We develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, and social and global awareness.
POST SECONDARY EXPLORATION
Exploring all post-secondary options is key to assisting youth in developing goals and post-secondary plans. Youth explore military, vocational trades, and various career clusters. All Y-Achiever participants will develop online portfolios that will include information to assist as they apply for work or college.
Research shows that motivation for success in academics and life increase when youth are supported by adults. Y-Achievers understands the importance of these positive relationships and provides opportunities for adults from all career clusters to serve as role models that provide academic and career related mentoring.