Lightner Y Achievers

The Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers program introduces teens in grades 6 - 12 to minority adults who guide them through experiences that prepare them for life after high school. Through civic engagement, community service projects, and academic enhancement programs, students make new friends, learn healthy lifestyle choices and prepare for their future.

Here is how it works

Teens attend meetings where they are divided into small age-appropriate groups called clusters and are exposed to a variety of education and career options. Lightner Y Achievers also take part in volunteer opportunities and group outings. During our spring break college tour, high school student visit various universities and learn more about higher education options. 

Program Objectives

  • Provide role models whose success and knowledge will inspire youth to set and reach their goals
  • Help youth develop individual talents, a positive sense of self and leadership ability
  • Motivate participants to raise academic performance, succeed in school and gain marketable skills.

Special Events

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

Cluster Meetings

Y Achievers 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.


$138 (Member)
$166 (Participant)

Teens unable to pay any fees related to this program should contact the YMCA.


Kendall Harris at 919-719-9622