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YMCA of Central Stark County

To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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Minority Achievers Program


The Y Minority Achievers Program is a college and career readiness program that helps minority teens set and achieve educational and professional standards by exposing them to diverse career options in the building trades and STEM fields. The program goes further to give students the self-confidence, motivation, and character to succeed professionally and personally. Also, as part of the wellness initiative, the Y will provide land/water group exercise classes, intramural sports, healthy snacks/meals and family time activities.

In partnership with the corporate community, participants participate in workshops and hands on activities to learn more about STEAM initiatives and other life-building tools. Achievers learn about their health and more importantly, about the health of their families, neighborhoods, and their global community. The programs is highlighted by a Spring Break College Tour and an end of the year Achievers Gala.

Open to boys and girls grades 7-12


  • Develop young minds
  • Build character and strong work ethic
  • Reinforce value of education
  • Introduce a global perspective
  • Create mentorship opportunities
  • Improve college readiness

Volunteers Needed

The Achievers program is designed to match youth with positive adult role models. Adult Achievers are individuals who are selected through corporate solicitation, churches, community organizations, sororities, and fraternities.

Mentors/coaches help inspire youth to make early career options, and raise their academic standards

For More information

Dana M. Alston