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Black Achievers

Last Updated: 9/27/2022 2:14 PM



ALL students can register and participate in the Black Achievers Program. Contact  if you would like to register. The registration deadline is September 30th.  


Black Achievers Program is a college and career readiness program, designed to help students of color set and pursue higher educational and career goals.


WHO The YMCA of Central Kentucky’s program is designed to assist and support all students, specifically under-served students and students of color, in attending post-secondary education or attaining a successful career.  We have served thousands of students in the Central Kentucky area in the past 34 years. 


WHAT Founded in 1985, the YMCA of Central Kentucky’s Black Achievers program continues to support youth through academics, career exploration and mentoring. Participants develop relationships, build character and interact with professionals who serve as role models to inspire them to reach greater heights. Each program session includes a light breakfast and lunch. Cost to families is $50 per year. Financial assistance is available. Nationally known as Achievers, this program involves nearly 200 YMCAs, and engages more than 25,000 volunteers through networks of corporate and community partners. Many of these YMCAs have added new cultural, academic and leadership programming to serve a broad range of youth and families. 


WHY Improving academics and increasing the percentage of students who graduate from high school and enroll in college.  •  Helping youth understand and evaluate their life options •  Enhancing the developmental assets in youth •  Establishing meaningful, long-term relationships between program participants and positive adults within the community •  All participants receive a complimentary YMCA of Central Kentucky teen membership as long as they are enrolled