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Lightner Y Achievers

Excelling through Access, Exposure and Opportunity

Lightner Y Achievers is truly an experience everyone should soak up. It's a program that helps teens understand and learn who they are at critical times in their lives. 

The best part of the program? It's a safe haven, a blessing and at the end, teens feel good about who they and everything they can accomplish in life.


Register For Y Achievers

The Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers program introduces teens in grades 6 - 12 to adults of color 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.

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. 


  • 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.


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

Annual Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our 2023 Achievers, Seniors and volunteers. Dinner will be served.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 3, 3 - 7 p.m.
Location: Crosspointe Church, Cary
Attire: Semiformal, Masquerade Attire encouraged

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Capital City Golf Association Tournament

Join us for the Capital City Golf Association Golf Tournament. This event will benefit the Clarence E. Lightner Y Achievers Program.

The Capital City Golf Association (CCGA) was founded by a group of local black men to support black and brown youth through the game of golf. CCGA has supported the Clarence E. Lightner Y Achievers program through its annual golf tournament for 16 years.

The tournament will be hosted at the Riverwood Golf Club on Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information, fill out this interest form and we'll contact you or contact Patrick Leary, Tournament Director.

Date & Time
Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Riverwood Golf Club

$85 per player or $340 per team

The tournament benefits the Clarence E. Lightner Y Achievers Program. This program introduces teens in grades 6 - 12 to adults of color who guide them through experiences that prepare them for life after high school.

Annual College Tour

The College Tour is held each year in the spring. During this time, students visit Colleges and Universities in the Southern U.S.. The tour focuses on learning about each college and allowing students to meet staff, learn more about schools and gather information for post-graduation decisions. 

Fee: $850 per Y Acheiver

Program Summit Information

Program Summits are held from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the YMCA Association Resource Center at 801 Corporate Center Drive, Raleigh unless otherwise noted 

Program Summit Dates
April 1 - 7: Annual College Tour
April 15: Summit 14
May 6: Summit 15
May 20: End of Year Celebration


Want to keep up with everything we're doing and learn about volunteer opportunities? Visit the link below to stay in contact with us!

Connect with Lightner Y Achievers


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.  Find volunteer opportunities.


The Lightner Y Achievers program is funded through the YMCA's Annual We Build Campaign. Please consider a donation.


For more information about Lightner Y Achieves, contact Jasmine Gilchrist, Program Director or call 919-719-9622.