YMCA of Central Kentucky

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Black Achievers

Black Achievers is the catalyst that provides exposure to present and future educational/career opportunities, instills positive social values, ignites students' thirst for knowledge, enables students to reach their full potential by creating opportunities for adults and the community to participate in their lives, and empowers families to assist students in reaching higher goals. The YMCA of Central Kentucky's Black Achievers Program connects students with positive adult role models in the community. The program offers activities designed to expose students (grades 7th through 12th) to career, educational, and social opportunities that are not readily available to them. These opportunities enable students to make informed decisions and develop the skills necessary to compete successfully in life. For additional information, please contact Sharonda Steele at 859-367-7377. Email inquiries to ssteele@ymcacky.org.

YMCA Black Achievers Mission Statement:

Black Achievers is the catalyst that provides exposure to present and future educational/career opportunities, instills positive social values, ignites students' thirst for knowledge, enables students to reach their full potential by creating opportunities for adults and the community to participate in their lives, and empowers families to assist students in reaching higher goals.

Program Goals

  • Improve academic deficiencies and increase the percentage of students who graduate from high school. To accomplish this goal, the program offers broad as well as specific educational activities that focus on: vocabulary, comprehension, mathematics computation and concepts, and language expression.

  • Help youth understand and evaluate their life options. To accomplish this goal, the program offers career activities that provide sophomores and juniors with information about and exposure to careers in Agriculture, Arts, Business, Communications, Computers, Education, Engineering Finance, Government, Law, Medical, and Public Service.

  • Increase the developmental assets in youth. To accomplish this goal, the program provides youth with resources and positive experiences that increase external assets and adult role models nurture qualities that increase internal assets.

  • Establish meaningful, long-term relationships between program participants and positive adults within the community. To accomplish this goal, the program recruits adult role models who are committed to work with youth and willing to nurture and guide their development.

Scholarship Opportunities

Please note that scholarships are available only to high school seniors that are enrolled in the YMCA of Central KY Black Achievers Program and complete our Senior Scholarship Packet.

Since 1985 (through 2014-15 school year):

  • 9,000+ Black Achievers

  • 1,300+ Adult Achievers

  • 950+ Scholarship Recipients

  • $11 million in scholarships received by Black Achievers participants