Y Achievers

The Y Achievers program motivates youth to succeed.

The Y Achievers Program is designed for the development of youth grades 6th through 12th. Y Achievers is one of the National YMCA Signature Programs designed to address the Achievement Gap while nurturing the potential of every youth and teen. The Y Achievers Program also engages parents with monthly parent sessions along with family and community events. The Y Achievers program serves Shelby County and DeSoto County Schools.

The Y Achievers program objectives are:

  • To provide role models and mentors whose success and knowledge will inspire youth.
  • To expose youth to diverse career options
  • To raise academic standards and improve college readiness
  • To help youth develop a positive sense of self.
  • To build character and increase positive assets of youth.
  • To create channels for continuing community involvement by business and industry.
  • To recognize and promote excellence among youth participants and adult volunteers. 

The Y Achievers program benefits:

Youth are motivated to succeed in school and gain marketable skills. Adults are recognized by their peers as achievers and are given the opportunity to serve as role models for youth. Companies are provided with a way to support urban youth, which enhances their corporate image and helps build a future workforce of competent, motivated young adults.

Participating Schools/Facilities:

Chickasaw Middle School
Davis YMCA
Fairley High School
Westwood High School

 
Middle School Achievers

Focusing on development of life skills, improving self-image, career exploration and peer mentoring the Middle School Achievers furthers the foundation of Youth Achievers and choices for success.

Teen Achievers

Participants learn job and college readiness skills, prepare for high school graduation and explore careers. In addition, academic improvement and service learning are major focuses.

Location: Thomas B. Davis YMCA

SUPPORT THE Y ACHIEVERS PROGRAM

Prerequisites:

  1. Volunteer Application
  2. Background Check
  3. Volunteer Training
Volunteer Opportunities – Adult Achievers
  • School-Based
    • Facilitate classroom lessons and activities.  Time commitment:  Minimum of one (1) hour weekly.  This position requires a drug test, background check and training. 

  • Achievers After School – Davis YMCA 
    • Facilitate lessons and activities.  Time commitment:  Minimum of one (1) hour weekly.  This position requires a drug test, background check and training. 

  • Achievers After School – Chickasaw Middle 
    • Facilitate lessons and activities.  Time commitment:  Minimum of one (1) hour weekly.  This position requires a drug test, background check and training. 

  • Career Cluster Mentors
    • Facilitate career-focused sessions with Y-Achievers and encourage youth to pursue high educational, professional and personal goals. Time commitment: One Saturday monthly from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. No prior experience is necessary. This position requires a drug test, background check and training

  • Tutors
    • Help youth with their homework. No prior experience is necessary; we will train you. This position requires a drug test and a background check. Time commitment: Davis YMCA–Monday through Thursday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather McLemore, Achievers Director at 901-398-2366 or heather.mclemore@ymcamemphis.org

Donations

Donations to support the Y Achievers program are always needed. If you believe in our purpose and want to help us succeed in our initiatives, donate now as part of the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, donations to Teen Achievers are tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.

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