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Achievers

The mission of the Achievers Program is to assist students in graduating from high school and prepare them for post-secondary opportunities. This year 100% of senior students in Latino Achievers and Black Achievers graduated from high school. The graduation rate in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in 2017 was 78% for Hispanic students and 86% for African American students.

One of the key components of the Achievers program is the week-long spring break college tour. The students truly enjoy the college/universities and gained valuable knowledge for future college decisions.

Another goal of the program is to have students prepare for the world of work; the achievers participated in several work tours. Through these tours, the students were exposed to the skills most desired by current employers. The achievers program has made a lasting impact on students.

Black Achievers

The YMCA Black Achievers program is an academic achievement and career development initiative for middle school and high school youth and teens. The high school program is referred to as the Black Achievers Program and the middle school program is referred to as Youth Achievers, although both are operated under the umbrella of the Black Achievers Program. 

The purpose of the program is “to help teens set and pursue high educational and career goals resulting in high school graduation and acceptance into and graduation from an institution of higher learning, and successful entry into a career of their choosing.” The high school component meets twice per month, once in a general session where there are sessions on a variety of topics related to college preparation and career development, ranging from test taking skills, SAT Prep, to job readiness.

The second meeting is a cluster meeting in which students are broken into a career cluster of their choice (e.g. Computers and Technology, Law and Government, Communications, or Arts, Entertainment and Fashion) and they are involved in hands-on and active career related activities. The program also offers students opportunities for service learning through volunteering, social development, networking and college tours.

Schools served

  • East Forsyth
  • Paisley Magnet 
  • Southeast
  • Atkins
  • Carter G. Woodson
  • Carver
  • East Forsyth
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
  • Mount Tabor
  • North Forsyth
  • Parkland
  • Quality Education Academy
  • Reagan
  • Reynolds
  • Robert B. Glenn
  • Walkertown
  • West Forsyth
  • Winston-Salem Prep Academy

Follow us on Instagram @ymcablackchievers and on Facebook.

For more about Black Achievers and Youth Achievers, contact William Sherard, Senior  Director of Youth Development, at 336 245 7212 ext. 6372 or w.sherard@ymcanwnc.org

 

Latino Achievers

Latino Achievers boysIn collaboration with Crosby Scholars, we are introducing a community outreach program that focuses exclusively on the Latino population in grades 6-12. 

Children and teens who participate in the Latino Achievers program are more successful in academics, develop emotion and social skills, and maintain positive behaviors. 

Our goal is to spread the message of both Achievers and Crosby Scholars to promote a “post-secondary/college going culture” among Latinos in Forsyth County. We anticipate that outreach efforts will result in participation in both programs, and ultimately ensure that students graduate from high school and cultivate the necessary soft-skill development to explore post-secondary options.

Schools served

  • East Forsyth
  • Paisley Magnet 
  • Southeast
  • Carter G. Woodson
  • Carver
  • East Forsyth
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Mount Tabor
  • North Forsyth
  • Parkland
  • Reagan
  • Reynolds
  • Robert B. Glenn
  • Winston-Salem Prep Academy

Follow us on Instagram @ymcalatinoachievers and on Facebook.

For more information about Latino Achievers, please contact William Sherard, Senior  Director of Youth Development, at 336 245 7212 ext. 6372 or w.sherard@ymcanwnc.org

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