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YMCA Achievers of Greater Grand Rapids

Program Description

Our goal is to ensure youth are prepared to use the 21st Century skills needed for the transition from middle school to high school and from high school to college/post-secondary life. Y-Achievers exposes youth to activities that spark their interests, develop leadership skills, and equip youth with the tools necessary to succeed. Y-Achievers meets students where they are to develop skills such as critical thinking, innovation, communication, collaboration, technology, and social understanding while building awareness and access to post-secondary possibilities.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 5%
  • White: 30%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 10%
  • Other: 20%
  • African American: 30%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 30
  • Middle School: 50
  • Elementary School: 20
  • Post-secondary: 3
  • Non-traditional: 5

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%