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
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.
2020 COLLEGE TOURS
This year's college tour, held to show high school students area universities and learn more about their higher education options, will include visits to:
- Norfolk State
- Old Dominion University
- Hampton University
- University of Richmond
- Virginia Union
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia State
The trip is held during Wake County Schools spring break, Sun., April 5 - Fri., April 10. The trip includes bus transportation, hotel lodging, most meals and activities.
Cost: $828 per participant, and financial assistance is available.
There is more information here, and mandatory meetings for teens and parents are scheduled for March 21.
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.
Kendall Harris at 919-719-9622