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.

2018 Kick Off

The Lightner Y Achievers kick-off event is Sat., Aug. 25. New participants should attend from 10 - 11 a.m. and returning participants should attend from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. The kick off event is held at the YMCA Association Resource Center, 801 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh. 

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 students visit area 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

FIRST Robotics Program

Y Achievers can participate in a STEM FIRST robotics program for grades 6 - 12. The program encourages kids to learn robotics through kits and Legos. Grade-based teams form to design, build and test their robots during the year. Competitions are held and participants may have the opportunity to travel to other competitions. 

Saturday Summit Meetings

Y Achievers meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YMCA Association Resource Center in Raleigh. Summits start on Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, and run through Sat., May 1, 2019.


$146 (Member)
$177 (Participant)

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

Volunteers Needed

Adult Achievers are key to the program's success and growth. These volunteers serve 12 hours per month as committee members, cluster leaders and/ or role models. Please contact Kendall for more information. 



Kendall Harris at 919-719-9622