Achievers is an experiential learning program for youth that promotes self-advocacy and postsecondary success through positive identity development, exposure to authentic college and career experiences, and critical literacy. As a signature program of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Achievers embodies the YMCA’s trauma-informed approach to social responsibility and transformative participation. The program offers a holistic approach to youth development that goes beyond college and career readiness to help youth become agents of change in their lives and in their communities. In partnership with their families, youth explore what it means to live authentically on their own terms and develop the mindsets, sense of belonging, positive identities, stress coping strategies, and critical thinking skills that will prepare them to advocate for themselves and reach their full potential in high school and beyond.
In the 2017-2018 school year, Achievers will be offered to youth in grades 5-6 enrolled in the Y’s Community Schools Initiative.