Lightner Y Achievers

The Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers program helps minority teens learn valuable skills that help them succeed in middle school, high school, college and beyond. Lightner Y Achievers meet on Saturdays during the school year in age-appropriate groups called clusters.

Adult role models, called Adult Achievers, provide academic and career-related guidance.

Lightner Y Achievers Middle School Program

(Grades 6 - 8)

Through civic engagement, community service projects and academic enhancement opportunities, middle school participants make new friends, learn healthy lifestyle choices and prepare for their future in high school.

Lightner Y Achievers High School Program

(Grades 9 - 12)

High school participants learn valuable skills that help them succeed in the marketplace. Students may fine-tune their resume writing and interviewing skills while exploring a variety of career options. Throughout the year, Y Achievers participate in educational trips, including a spring break college tour.

Y Achievers offers college scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the program. Download the Scholarship PDF for eligibility requirements.


Y Achiever clusters meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YMCA Association Resource Center in Raleigh. Transportation, from a YMCA or neighborhood, may be available.

Special Events

  • Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers Banquet
  • NCYAG Conference
  • Annual College Tour
  • End-of-Year Celebration


$126 without transportation
$177 with transportation
Teens unable to pay any fees related to this program should contact the YMCA.


Kendall Harris at 919-719-9622