Achievers Program


The YMCA Achievers program (formerly the Black and Latino Achievers) is one of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s youth development programs. Founded in 1971 at the Harlem YMCA in New York City, this nationwide program fosters the academic, personal and career development of African-American and Latino youth enrolled in grades 7 to 12.

Achievers has six goals and objectives:

  • To introduce youth to diverse career options
  • To help youth develop a positive sense of self and build character
  • To raise the academic standards of youth
  • To provide youth with role models whose success and knowledge will inspire them to set and reach their goals
  • To create channels for continuing community involvement by business and industry
  • To recognize and promote excellence

The Achievers program gives youth the chance to develop the career and life planning skills that are essential for future success, adults the opportunity to serve as role models for future leaders and companies the opportunity to support urban youth and invest in building tomorrow's workforce while enhancing their corporate image.

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Achievers is in session from December through June. Personal development and recreational workshops are held after school at participating YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Ys. In these workshops, teens have the opportunity to learn more about careers in business and finance, communications, law and government, education, health sciences, social services, arts and entertainment, computer science, engineering, vocational and military fields. Youth will explore issues relating to goal setting, self-esteem, resume writing, drug and alcohol awareness, conflict resolution, effective communication and much, much more! In addition, program participants partake in Saturday Service Learning Sessions, biannual worksite visits, annual college tours, job shadow days and have the opportunity to earn up to 40 service learning hours.


For more information

Carmen Gutierrez
Director of Teen Programs
773.326.2560 ext. 3223




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