Y Achievers Program

The Y Achievers program of the YMCA of Greater Montgomery is an academic achievement/career development initiative purposed to help middle and high school students set and pursue high educational and career goals, resulting in graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning. Since its inception, 100% of Y Achiever participants have graduated from high school and 80% being accepted to a college or the military.

Program Highlights

  • Group mentoring exposing students to diverse college and career options
  • Seminars facilitated by adult mentors that provide intense college readiness sessions
  • Students develop a positive sense of self and raise their academic expectations
  • Seminars designed to build character and help students make positive life choices

2022-2023 Y Achievers Program

The YMCA Achievers program of the YMCA of the USA is an academic achievement/career development initiative purposed to help teens set and pursue high educational and career goals, resulting in graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning.

Member & Non Members
In House ends on Apr 07, 2023
Online ends on Apr 07, 2023

  Open to everyone from ages 14 to 18

  Member: $0.00 |  Non-Member: $30.00

   Natasha Foster  | [email protected] | (334)219-4586

Achievers Gear Up

The Achievers Gear Up summer program is a four-week learning experience designed to engage students in a standards-based curriculum and fun enrichment opportunities that will bridge the achievement gap during the summer. The participants will take place in a supportive environment that provides daily motivational affirmations, a book study, academic support, college preparation seminars, swimming, and visual arts.
Alabama State University (ASU) was awarded a new seven-year, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. By 2027, ASU GEAR UP will provide academic preparation services to over 26,000 students within the Montgomery Public School (MPS) System. The project begins with a 6th and 7th-grade students).



Students can apply for scholarships and grants for college or technical schools. Students will learn how to utilize the internet for scholarship searches, form completion, essay presentations, securing reference letters, etc.

Teen employment & internships

This component helps teens secure positions that will teach them the hard and soft skills needed in the workplace. Students will gain workforce development skills, pre-employment training in interviewing techniques, resume writing, dress for success, etc.

College tours

Tours of local and out-of-state colleges familiarize students with institutions of higher learning. Trips can include introductions to key college and university personnel, a walking tour of campus, and a lunch or meeting for a question-and-answer session with university personnel.

SAT/ACT Workshops

These workshops help prepare teens for these important college entrance exams with greater confidence.


Y staff and Adult Achievers will serve as a role model who, as needed, provides teens with direction and guidance with a focus on career exploration.


Natasha Foster

[email protected]

Meeting Information

YMCA of Greater Montgomery Y Achievers meet at high schools and YMCAs in the Montgomery area. The Y Achievers typically meet during the months of September through April. Meeting dates will vary based on the program location to include twice a month on alternate Saturday mornings, after school hours, weekday evenings, and other convenient times.

  • Program Cost: $20 members | $30 non-members (includes 1 year YMCA youth membership)

Power Teens Summer Camp

Power Teens summer camp a free middle and high school summer enrichment that is being offered by the Kershaw YMCA from June 7-July

The program provides on-site academic support in both math and reading as well as fun enrichment opportunities in art, STEM, dance, and swimming.

The Power Teens summer program will engage students in leadership and cultural opportunities to help bridge the achievement gap during the summer.

We are accepting students grade 6 – 10

Date: June 7 – July 1, 2021

Program Opportunities

  • Reading
  • Math
  • College Readiness
  • Swimming
  • STEM
  • Career Exploration
  • Art

Program Times

Monday – Thursday

9 am – 2 pm

Program Location

Kershaw YMCA
2229 West Fairview Ave 
Montgomery, AL 36108


Natasha Foster
[email protected]