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Achievers

Teen Mentoring & College/Career Readiness Program

The YMCA Achievers Program is data-driven and strategically designed to develop individual talents and leadership skills and prepare teens for life beyond high school. With a focus on 8th-12th graders, our goal is to support high school graduation, prepare teens for college and begin exploring career possibilities. The Achievers program incorporates a teen-focused leadership curriculum from the world-renowned Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.

"As a parent, the Achievers helped me be better prepared to support my son in the next steps for social and academic success in high school, college and life." -Margaret, Y Achievers Mom

Activities Include 

  • Teen Internships
  • Youth and Government
  • Leadership & Mentoring
  • Drone Flight Experience
  • SAT Preparation
  • College Tours
  • Future Summit

Criteria & Enrollment: Youth must be in grades eight through twelve to enroll. There are no scholastic requirements to enroll. Enrollment is held from June through September. The application must be returned to Hayes-Taylor YMCA. Parent signatures are needed and report card is required for confidential data-tracking purposes.

Cost: $50

You must complete and submit two forms in order to finalize registration. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

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Serving the Greensboro, Jamestown, Eden and Reidsville, NC, areas, we ensure there is a College Prep Program near you. If you're interested in the YMCA Achievers Program, you must complete and submit two forms in order to finalize registration. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

We're so excited to be part of this important step in your teen’s life!

Achievers Network

The Achievers network is designed to create a space where youth development professionals can share best practices and resources to better serve teens aged 13-18 in their communities.

Why join the Achievers network?

  • Joining the Achievers network connects you with other achiever programs across the state of North Carolina.
  • Access to our Achievers Google hub with college tour kits, leadership content and more.

Join Achievers Network

Achievers Jump Start

Jump Start allows you to launch an impactful and effective Achievers club at your YMCA, recreation center or school.

What is included in the Jump Start kit?

  • 12 weeks of custom leadership content tailored to the needs of your community and program outcomes.
  • Facilitation guides accompanying content in order to “train the trainer” in presentation best practices. We teach you how to teach the content.
  • You can request an on-site 6-hour training in which our achiever staff will help you build the foundational elements of a teen Achiever program.

Start an Achievers Club

Achievers 2022-2023 Schedule

August (Connecting Inspiration & Vision)

August 27 - Program Orientation | 10am - 1pm @ Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA

September (Team Formation)

September 10 - Leadership Retreat (Hike) | 10am - 2pm @ Eno River State Park
September 17 - Disability Services Volunteer Event (Fire Fest Reidsville)

October (Leadership In Teams)

October 8 - Leadership / Greensboro Swarm Experience / College Prep | 10am - 1pm @ Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA
October 20 - Trunk or Treat | 6pm - 8pm @ Hayes Taylor YMCA
October 22 - STEAM | 10am - 1pm @ The Forge

November (Conflict Conversations & Public Speaking)

November 5 - Leadership (The Poetry Project) / Gate City Coalition / College Prep | 10am - 1pm @ Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA
November 19 - STEAM | 10am - 1pm @ The Forge

December (Values & Actions: True To You)

December 3 - Leadership Kellin Foundation / College Prep | 10am - 1pm @ Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA
December 17 - STEAM | 10am - 1pm @ The Forge

January (SMART Goals: Achieving Your Vision)

January 7 - Leadership (Fitness Boot Camp) Clean Cooking Class / College Prep | 10am - 1pm @ Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA
January 16 - Special Event Future Summit | 11am - 2pm @Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA
January 21 - STEAM | 10am - 1pm @ The Forge

February (Who Am I: Judging A Book By Its Cover)

February 4 - Leadership Arts Exploration / College Prep | 10am - 1pm @ Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA
February 18 - Entrepreneurship | 10am - 1pm

March (How Do I Get Where I Want To Go?)

March 4 - Leadership / College Prep Boot Camp | 10am - 1pm @ Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA
March 18 - Entrepreneurship Off-site | 10am - 1pm @ Luxe Fragrance / Hudson Hill

April (College Tour)

April 10-14 - College Tour ($450 Per Teen) | Atlanta

May (Changing The Story In MY Community)

May 6 - Reality Check | 9am - 4pm @ Hayes Taylor Memorial YMCA
May 20 - Banquet | 11am - 1pm @TBD