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The Y Achievers Program

The YMCA Achievers program of the YMCA of the USA is an academic achievement/career development initiative purposed to help youth set and pursue high educational and career goals, resulting in graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning.

At the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, Y ACHIEVERS expands on this goal by providing developmentally based, extracurricular team mentorship and workshop activities, designed to give 5th—12th grade youth the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond.

5th – 6th Grades – Youth Achievers

7th – 8th Grades – Tourist Achievers

9th – 10th Grades – Teen Achievers

11th – 12th Grades – Future Leaders Achievers

Meeting Times

Program runs October 2017 – June 2018.

Programming for 5th-8th grade students meet bi-weekly at all YMCA branches.
Programming for 9th-12th grade students takes place generally on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month beginning October continuing until June. Dates may vary. Program calendar will be provided. The meeting location is Villanova University and the meeting time is 10:00AM – 2:00PM.

Y Achievers Application and Application Instructions

Interested in signing up your youth/teen for the Y ACHIEVERS program?

Please complete a Y ACHIEVERS application, which can be found at the Welcome Center (front desk/lobby) of any YMCA branch or complete and print the application from Apply Here link below and return to the branch of your choice with a copy of the student’s most recent report card.

You may also register on-line via the Apply Here link below. Complete form and hit submit. On-line registrants must email or mail student’s most recent report card to:

Reaona Jones-Edwards
Y-Achievers Program Director
1400 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Apply Here!


Adult Achiever Opportunities

Adult mentorship is by far the biggest asset of Y Achievers. Adult Achievers provide an invaluable connection between the corporate world and the local community by developing and conducting programming that allows participants to become linked to education, business and industry.

Career Cluster Leader (9th – 12th Grades Only)
Assist in the design and implementation of workshops and projects related to specific careers of interest or expertise. This is a Saturday commitment from October – May.

Adult Achiever Program Leader
Lead the implementation of workshops and other activities geared toward helping programs participants improve their knowledge of the college-going process, personal/professional etiquette, public speaking and other topics within the five programmatic thrusts. This is a weekday commitment.

Time Commitment
A year-long (September – June) bi-weekly (2 times per month) program commitment is ideal and preferred for maximum benefit to our students.

Guest Speaker

Share your professional journey and life’s passions by serving as a guest speaker for either the high school program or middle school program.

Time Commitment

A one-time engagement at a local branch or high school program at Villanova University.

Why We Need Y Achievers

Research shows that teens are more motivated to success academically when encouraged and guided by adults. The Y Achievers program addresses these issues by pairing students with successful role models and providing academic and career-related mentoring and support services.

Corporate Opportunities

Is your company looking for ways to give back? Y Achievers is the perfect program for them. However your company is willing to lend support, the Y Achievers program has an opportunity for them. Explore our corporate brochure to find out all the ways your company can become involved.

Contact us

K. Brent Hill
Association Y-Achievers Director
215-235-6440 Ext 1711

Reaona Jones-Edwards
Program Y-Achievers Director
215-235-6440 Ext 1711