Teen Achievers Program
Many high school students in the CSRA need the opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future and to take an active role in strengthening his or her community. The YMCA's Achievers Program aims to do just that. It is our hope that in collaboration with the local schools, businesses, colleges and universities; the Family Y will be able to reach this goal through academic aid, career exploration and mentoring.
Our YMCA Teen Achievers Program activities focus on study skills/time management, interviewing techniques, financial management, team-building, field trips, community service-learning projects, career assessments and more. It strongly incorporates the 40 Developmental Assets - 40 critical factors for the successful growth and development of young people - and centers around the relationships of adult professional mentors and teens.
At the Y, we know that community and corporate involvement are critical to building networks and opportunities for youth. To that end, our program centers on the relationship established between volunteer mentors and youth with an emphasis on career clusters. Clusters are workshops dedicated to specific areas of professional interest. Youth participants and mentors, who are experts in their field, complete projects that are designed to provide students an opportunity to explore their career interests through real-life application of skills. Career clusters include: Business, Communications, Computers, Education, Engineering, Health and Medical, Law and Government, as well as Vocational and Technical disciplines.
Our objectives are:
- Provide role models who success and knowledge will inspire youth to set and reach their goals.
- Help youth develop a positive sense of self.
- Raise academic performance.
- Build character.
- Expose students to a variety of career options.
**$55/per school year, per students
**Scholarships available based on need
Information needed for scholarship:
- Last two (2) Current Paystubs
- Current 1040 Tax Return
- One (1) Proof of Assistance (ex. Food Stamps letter, Medicaid, Free/Reduced Lunch or TANF
ScheduleCollege Readiness & Career Clusters:
- Sept 15th - Introduction to the Program
- Oct 13th - Education
- Nov 17th - Health/Medical/Fitness Session
- Jan 12th - Communications
- Feb 9th - Business/Workforce Readiness
- Mar 9th - Technology
- Apr 13th - Law/Government
- Sept 29th - Math/Reading
- Oct 27th - Math/Reading
- Nov 3rd - SAT/ACT Prep
- Dec 8th - Easay Writing
- Jan 26th - Math/Reading
- Feb 23rd - Math/Reading
- Mar 23rd - SAT/ACT Prep
- Apr 27th - EOCT Prep (end of course test)
- Mar 2nd - Prayer Breakfast (YMCA - Metro)
- May 11th - Mother's Day Brunch (YMCA - Metro)
- May 18th - End of Year Celebration (TBA)
**Special/Additional events and corporate tours will be announced during the year.
College Goal Sunday
One of the biggest hurdles to obtaining education after high school is money; yet significant funding is available through federal financial aid and there are people to help you access it.
College Goal Sunday brings together financial aid professionals from college and universities along with other volunteers to help students and their families complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for any student seeking federal and state financial aid, including grants and loans at all colleges in the country.
For those thinking college is out of reach financially, we urge you to come to College Sunday and let us help! Get the facts and the help you need to finance the next chapter in your education.
What to bring to College Goal Sunday:
- Student's IRS 1040 tax return and W2s
- Student's parents' IRS 1040 tax return and W2s
- Student's Social Security Card and Driver's License
- Any other benefit and income information
For more information, please visit http://collegegoalsundayga.com/.