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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 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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YMCA of Greensboro Teen Achievers - Spring Session Calendar

Note: Leadership Sessions are the first Saturday of each month from 10am - 1pm. STEM Sessions are the third Saturday of each month from 10am - 1pm.

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat? A thermometer only reflects the temperature of its environment, adjusting to the situation. But a thermostat initiates action to change the temperature in its environment. - Nido R. Qubein

January 8th, 10am - 1pm | (Social Emotional) Growing my Influence
Monday, January 17th, 12pm - 2pm | (MLK Day of Service) @ Hayes Taylor YMCA

Good leaders must become what they want their followers to become. - Nido R. Qubein

February 5th, 10am - 2pm | (Entrepreneurship Tour Downtown Greensboro)
February 26th, 10am - 1pm | (College Prep Boot Camp)

A decision is made with the brain. A commitment is made with the heart. Therefore, a commitment is much deeper and more binding than a decision. - Nido R. Qubein

March 5th, 10am - 1pm | (If my commitments define me, who am I?)
Friday, March 25th - Saturday, March 26th | (Overnight Elite Leadership Retreat)

To acquire balance means to achieve that happy medium between the minimum and the maximum that represents your optimum. The minimum is the least you can get by with. The maximum is the most you're capable of. The optimum is the amount or degree of anything that is most favorable toward the ends you desire. - Nido R. Qubein

April 2nd, 10am - 1pm | (The Optimum Me, Achieving Balance)
Sunday, April 17 - Wednesday, April 20th | (Achievers College Tour)

When you find yourself on a plateau, look for another level. - Nido R. Qubein

May 7th, 10am - 1pm | (Where do I go from here? Continued Leadership Growth)
May 13th, 7pm - 9pm | (Achievers Banquet)

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!