Mission & Goals
TELFORD YMCA Black Achievers
YMCA Black Achievers is a college and career readiness program that provides equitable access, opportunities, and support to ensure success after high school for historical marginalized youth. Students, known as “Achievers”, are exposed to academic support, career exploration, mentoring, and social/emotional well-being programs. Achievers are supported by YMCA staff, volunteers, and Adult Achievers as they develop mind, body, and spirit.
THE 5 PILLARS OF Achievers
For a variety of reasons, some teens have trouble attaining the academic and social competencies required for successful participation in school and society. Academic preparedness, school engagement, tutoring, and other program elements are essential for personal success. Research shows that well-designed, out-of-school academic programs increase achievement.
Possessing the knowledge necessary to prepare for and apply to college is essential to college matriculation. Yet, accessing information and advice about college prep and financial aid is particularly difficult for many first-generation college prospects, teens of color, or students from lower-income backgrounds.
Research proves that caring adult relationships are a critical component for youth to thrive. Healthy relationships with adults help to facilitate all other elements of the Teen Achievers program’s Five Pillars.
Students need to develop skills that will serve them well in a globally competitive, information-based society. Transferable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration are essential for students to succeed in the academic and ever-changing work environment.
Positive identity development helps teens craft how they see themselves and how they feel the rest of the world perceives them. During the adolescent stage of identity development, youth experience a complex and extensive effort to understand their place in the world. For teens, the ability to see their future potential and positive outcomes is critical for their personal development.
At Telford Y Black Achievers Program, we’re committed to supporting students in setting and reaching higher education and career goals. Your contribution would allow us to propel our mission forward and continue giving back to the youth in our community. Please click to the link below to access our pledge card form!